posted Aug 16, 2012 in CAMPUS EVENTS
McPherson College theatre’s 2012-2013 season boasts two Kansas premieres of modern plays, one of the most popular and controversial Broadway musicals, and lineup of innovative edgy productions.
The season starts Sept. 13-15 with “Dark of the Moon” by Howard Richardson and William Berney. A tragic drama with magical elements set in the Appalachian Mountains, “Dark of the Moon” tells the story of a boy from the realm of the supernatural named John who makes a deal to become human if he can convince his love, Barbara Allen, to marry and be faithful to him for a year. Based on an old European folk song, the play is infused with music of Appalachia.
The homecoming production on October 19-20 and 26-27 will be “Black Comedy” by Peter Shaffer, a one-act farce lighted in reverse – when it’s dark for the characters, it’s light for the audience and vice versa. The play starts with a dark stage, but soon after the play begins there’s a blackout and the audience is able to see the stage fully lighted, while the characters stumble about the stage. The plot follows a young sculptor in England and his fiancée, who steal antiques and furniture from a neighbor to impress a prominent art collector. Unexpected guests arrive when the power goes out, leading to a series of comical blunders.
On Dec. 6-8, MC Theatre is proud to present the Kansas premiere of “Love, Loss and What I Wore” by Nora Ephron – the famous writer and director – and Delia Ephron and based on the 1995 book of the same name by Ilene Beckerman. Arranged as a series of monologues presented by a cast of five women, the stories tell about the women’s memories, relationships and wardrobes and how they interact and influence each other.
The interterm show on Feb 1-2 is the popular and controversial Broadway rock musical “RENT” by Jonathan Larson, who died unexpectedly the night before the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical opened on Broadway. The musical, which includes music at turns passionate, angry and comical, went on to a 12-year run on Broadway and Tony Award for Best Musical. Loosely based on Puccini’s opera “La Bohéme”, “RENT” also follows poor and struggling young artists, but is set in New York rather than Paris and replaces the plague of tuberculosis with AIDS.
After that powerful drama, March 8-9 and 15-16 will feature a classic English comedy romp – “See How They Run” by Phillip King. Set after the end of World War II, the action takes place in the vicarage of the fictitious town of “Merton-cum-Middlewick.” Mistaken identity and madcap chases abound, until the local police are faced with trying to pick out a Russian spy from among four people – all dressed as clergy.
In the final show of the year, on April 19-20, MC Theatre is pleased to present another Kansas premiere: “God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza. A recent play, “The God of Carnage” was originally written and performed in French. It follows two sets of parents whose children got into a fight the day before, resulting in one of the kids losing two teeth at the hands of the other wielding a stick. As the four meet to discuss the situation, their conversation degrades until they are reduced to irrational, spiteful children themselves.
All shows start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to all shows cost $5 for adults and $3.50 for children ages high school and younger as well as seniors. Theatergoers may also obtain a First Nighter’s Membership, which costs $90 for an individual, $180 for a double membership and $270 for a family membership. Membership includes show admission for the entire season as well as a student-produced dinner themed to the production served before every show.
Reservations may be made by contacting the theatre box office at 620-242-0444 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.