2012-2013 Theater Performances and Events
Quade One Act Festival
Final directing projects of the Intermediate Directing Class.
First show each evening begins at 7:00pm in the Haugen Theater. This is a non ticketed event.
Directors in order of performance.
Wednesday - May 8
Thursday - May 9 (Adult Content Night)
John Michael Verrall
Friday - May 10
Saturday - May 11 (Adult Content Night)
Sunday - May 12
Meet the Playwright!
In collaboration with the Minnesota Playwrights' Center's (NPOC) New Plays on Campus Program. Playwright Dominic Orlando will be on the St. Olaf Campus October 5-6.
Friday, October 5 - noon-1:30pm - Brown Bag Lunch with Artist - Buntrock Commons - Room 144
Casual Q & A luncheon with brief introduction. Bring your own lunch and questions for Dominic Orlando.
Saturday, October 6 - Post show discussion with Playwright Dominic Orlando following the 2:00pm matinee performance of All That is Solid Melts into Air.
All That is Solid Melts into Air
Written by Dominic Orlando
Directed by Karen Peterson Wilson - Haugen Theater
This production is part of the New Plays On Campus Program in collaboration with the Minnesota Playwirghts' Center
October 4th 2012, 7:30pm, 5th 7:00pm & 10:00pm, 6th 2:00pm & 7:30pm, 7th 6:00pm
Mourning the death of her sister and mother, international businesswoman Claudia Hopewell throws herself into a desperate search for the secret of eternal life, pushing the boundaries of science and spirituality to their limit. Meanwhile, the world around her inches toward war, and members of her own family conspire to wrest the company from her control. A visionary look into the future - of technology, war, death, family and love.
The following two productions will play in repertory in Kelsey Theater.
The Imaginary Invalid
Written by Moliere
Co-Directed by Mariana Araoz & Gary Gisselman
November 9th, 2012, 7:30pm, 10th 7:30pm, 15th 7:30pm, 17th 2:00pm & 6:00pm
Hypochondriac Argan's household revolves around his obsession with his chronic imaginary illnesses. Served by a pair of unscrupulous doctors, Argan even goes so far as to try to marry off his daughter Angelique to one of their sons so he would have a physician in the family. But Angelique is in love with Cleante, and it takes all of the wiles of servant Toinette to bring about their marriage. Le Malade Imaginaire was Moliere's last play. Playing Argan, he collapsed on stage during a performance and died that very night.
Marry Me a Little
by Stephen Sondheim, Conceived by Craig Lucas & Norman Rene
Directed by Gary Gisselman
November 10th, 2012, 2:00pm, 11th 6:00pm, 16th 7:30pm, 17th 9:30pm
This revue sets songs cut from Sondheim's better-known musicals to a diaglogue-free plot about the relationship between two lonely New York single people, who are in emotional conflict during an evening in their separate one-room apartments.
by Edgar Allan Poe
Directed Jeanne Willcoxon - Kelsey Theater
Devised performance based on Edgar Allen Poe's work
February 8th, 2012, 7:30pm, 9th 2:00pm & 7:30pm, 10th 6:00pm, 14th 7:30pm, 15th 7:30pm, 16th 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Edgar Allen Poe, master of the macabre, fascinates and frustrates in equal measure. As literary critic Harold Bloom notes, his writing can be of a "badness not to be believed," but his stories nonetheless lodge in our unconsciousness, disturbing us with unforgettable images of death, abandonment and horror. Dead by the age of forty, Poe's life as an American writer in the mid-nineteenth century proves to be as tumultuous and haunting as his tales. During the first three weeks of J-term students will create an original piece based on, and incorporating material from, the writings and life of Edgar Allen Poe. Working with text, image, object and movement, students invite you to join them in this experiment of imagining and performing the uncanny and unnerving world of Poe.
By Jean Anoulih Translation by Barbara Bray
Directed by Sofia Galloway'13 - Haugen Theater
March 14th, 2013 7:30pm, 15th 7:30pm 16th 2:00pm & 7:30pm, 17th 2:00pm & 6:00pm
Like the classic Greek play, Anoulih's Antigone is a self aware play about a young girl (Antigone) that defies the laws of Creon, her uncle and the king by burying the corpse of her brother - a condemned traitor. Antigone and Creon must weigh duty to family, state, and self against the crime. Their battle is complicated by love, power, and gender roles to remind the audience that at the brink of adulthood, our perception of morailty is challenged. Antigone asks us to contemplate whether it is better to live a lie or die for the truth and examine the reprecussions of that decision.
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Dona Werner Freeman - Kelsey Theater
April 11th 2013, 7:30pm, 12th 7:30pm, 13th 2:00pm & 7:30pm, 14th 2:00pm & 6:00pm
Twelve years after being exiled to a deserted island, the sorcerer and former Duke of Milan, Prospero, invokes an outrageous storm in order to beach his wrongdoers for a final confrontation. His storm washed up royalty, drunkards and clowns in order to amend old wrongs and to offer his daugher Miranda a cast of characters worthy of her exclamation, "Oh brave new world, that has such people in it!" Weighing virtue against vengeance, Prospero readies for retirement as he relinquishes power over his savage slave Caliban and his spiritual muse, Ariel. The Tempest, Shakespeare's last great play may be one of his most autobiographical, as playwright and character alike put the final touches on their long careers of creativity and power. St Olaf's production will feature the exciting innovations of several student designers as they create the scenic and aural landscapes for The Tempest's beguiling island environment.