Theatre Productions

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    ANNOUNCING THE 2017-2018 SEASON


    FALL 2017 

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    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 


     Auditions are scheduled for Thursday & Friday, August 24-25 at 5:00pm.

     

    Schuster Performances: 

    Sept 28-30 at 8pm 

    Oct 1 at 2pm 

    Oct 5-7 at 8pm 

     

     

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    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 


     Auditions are scheduled for Monday & Tuesday, October 2 & 3 at 5:00pm.

     

    Schuster Performances: 

    Nov 30 - Dec 2 at 8pm 

    Dec 3 at 2pm 

    Dec 7-9 at 8pm 

     

     

    SPRING 2018

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    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 


     Auditions are scheduled for Monday & Tuesday, Dec 4 & 5 at 5:00pm.

     

    Schuster Performances: 

    Feb 14-17 at 8pm 

    Feb 18 at 2pm 

     

     

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    FRINGE FEST ERIE 2018

    This year marks the 8th Annual fringe, bringing in productions from theatres around Erie, as well as unusual student produced productions on our own campus – this is our own answer to the “Three Weeks” in which our theatre program engages every three years. Student productions will be determined during the fall 2017 semester. Fringe Fest Erie is scheduled for the month of February 2018. 

    Auditions for on-campus fringe productions are scheduled for Monday & Tuesday, December 4  & 5 at 5:00 pm. 

     


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    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. 

     Auditions are scheduled for Monday & Tuesday, Feb 19 & 20 at 5:00pm.
     

    Schuster Performances: 

    April 19-21 at 8pm 

    April 26-28 at 8pm 

    April 29 at 2pm