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APE/ESSENCE, is a devised theatre piece that was adapted by Fr. Shawn Clerkin from Aldous Huxley's novel and is directed by Alaina Manchester. This new adaptation of the 1948 dystopian novel examines the post-atomic warfare world, employing surreal imagery of a satirized human society incapable of holding on to decency and mutuality. The themes of hopelessness and self-annihilation pervade this modern morality tale.
This ONE NIGHT ONLY performance is our final performance of APE/ESSENCE at the Schuster Theatre before taking the production to Edinburgh Scotland this August to perform at the International Collegiate Theatre Festival (ICTF). ICTF is a 12 day experience that runs in conjunction with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - the world's largest performing arts festival, held every August in Edinburgh. ICTF was developed to offer college and university students the opportunity to perform and gain global perspectives in an international experience that compliments collegiate performing arts programs. This August marks the third year Gannon's Theatre program has participated in ICTF, having first been invited to participate in the Inaugural ICTF in 2011. We are committed to returning on a 3-year cycle, giving all of our students the opportunity to participate in ICTF at least one time during their college career.
PERFORMANCE - Monday July 31 at 8pm
Location - Gannon University's Schuster Theatre (620 Sassafras Street)
Ticket Information - FREE Admission. Donations will be accepted at the door. All donations will go to support our students participating in this year's ICTF program.
Announcing the Schuster Theatre 2017-18 Season
HEATHERS, THE MUSICAL by Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy (Samuel French) - Directed by Jenna Sulecki (GU Class of '17)
(From the Samuel French Publishing Company website) Based on the classic 1989 film, Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta; Heather, Heather, and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place - six feet under.
***Please note, this production contains adult language and situations.
"A rowdy guilty pleasure" - The New York Times
"Ingenious, naughty and very funny. Heathers still cliques." - New York Post
"Cue the corn nuts - and much-deserved applause. HOW VERY" - NY Daily News
"Heathers The Musical should score with just about everyone." - Variety
Sept 28-30 at 8pm
Oct 1 at 2pm
Oct 5-7 at 8pm
A DOLL'S HOUSE by Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Frank McGuinness (Dramatists) - Directed by Alaina Manchester
(From the Dramatists Publishing Company website) Nora Helmer is a vibrant young housewife who nonetheless suffers from a crippling dependency on her husband of eight years. He, Torvald, has always done the thinking for the both of them. In order to save Torvald from a debt, and to spare his masculine pride, Nora arranges a loan without his knowledge, and does so by forging a signature. The inevitable revelation of the crime results in an unexpected reaction from Torvald: rather than being grateful to Nora, he is incapable of accepting the pride and self-sufficiency she demonstrated in taking care of him, and he accuses her of damaging his good name. The illusions behind their marriage are exposed, and Nora wakes to feelings of self-awareness for the first time in her life. Torvald is not the man she thought she knew. They are husband and wife, yes, but they are strangers as well. And in one of the most famous, and scandalous, climaxes in all of nineteenth-century drama, Nora leaves her husband and children, determined to forge a new identity from the one she has always known.
Winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Revival. "New, raw, gut-twisting and gripping. Easily the hottest drama this season." - USA Today
"Bold, brilliant and alive." - Wall Street Journal
"A thunderclap of an evening that takes your breath away." - Time Magazine
"The stuff of Broadway legend." - Associated Press
Nov 30 - Dec 2 at 8pm
Dec 3 at 2pm
Dec 7-9 at 8pm
PLACEBO by Melissa James Gibson (Dramatists) - Directed by Fr. Shawn Clerkin
(From the Dramatists Publishing Company website) A minty green pill - medication or sugar? Louise is working on a placebo-controlled study of a new female arousal drug. As her work in the lab navigates the blurry lines between perception and deception, the same questions pertain more and more to her life at home. With uncanny insight and unparalleled wit, Melissa James Gibson's affectionate comedy examines slippery truths and the power of crossed fingers.
Not gratuitous, but certainly contemporary in subject matter and presentational style. Contains adult language and subject matter.
"...divertingly offbeat comedy-drama...Ms. Gibson has a lovely affinity for parchment-dry humor that softens the sadder undercurrents of PLACEBO. And she imbues her characters with an affection for wordplay and the oddities of language...Ms. Gibson puts amusingly off kilter, slightly stylized exchanges in the mouths of her everyday characters with convincing grace." - The New York Times
"Smart, droll, beautifully observed..." - New York Magazine
"...subtle yet intellectually explosive...Gibson's contemporary analysis of relationships and the things that propel them forward into the dark unknown...[P]oses interesting questions about the role the mind plays for all of us in every aspect of life-from the basest mechanics of sexual arousal to the most abstract concepts of eternal love...Fortunately, everything Gibson gives us in intellectual fodder she translates into emotional content, both surprising and original in its delivery. She leaves us intrigued..." - TheaterMania.com
Feb 14-17 at 8pm
Feb 18 at 2pm
ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS - adapted from Carlo Goldoni's Italian Comedy by Richard Bean and Grant Olding (Samuel French) - Directed by Alaina Manchester
Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from the dad of his fiancee. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who has been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Holed up at The Cricketers Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be reunited with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.
Based on the classic Italian comedy The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, in this new English version by prizewinning playwright Richard Bean, with songs and music by Grant Olding, sex food, and money are high on the agenda. One Man, Two Guvnors opened at the National Theatre 17th May 2011 to critical acclaim, before transferring to the West End and embarking on a successful UK tour. It is also shortlisted for the 2011 Evening Standard Theatre Best New Play and the Best Night Out Awards.
April 19-21 at 8pm
April 26-28 at 8pm
April 29 at 2pm
To learn more about our upcoming season, please email Fr. Shawn Clerkin.
Shakespeare Summer Nights returns for another season this July to the Lake Erie Arboretum in Frontier Park.
For inquires regarding Shakespeare Summer Nights 2017, please contact Jax Vadney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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