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Theatre & Dance

2015-2016 Mainstage Season

Theophilus North

Theophilus North

based on the book by Thornton Wilder
adapted by Matthew Burnett
directed by John Mariano

Set in 1926 during the height of the Jazz Age, thirty-year-old Theophilus North quits his teaching position in New Jersey and embarks on quest for fun, adventure and his place in the world. When his used car breaks down, leaving him stranded in Newport, Rhode Island, Theophilus takes on odd jobs in houses of the wealthy. An astonishing charmer of a play, based upon the semi-autobiographical final work of Pulitzer Prize–winning icon of American literature, Thornton Wilder (Our Town, The Skin of Our Teeth, The Matchmaker.)

October 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Jean Weidner Theatre, Weidner Center for the Performing Arts

It's A Wonderful Life

It's A Wonderful Life

A Live Radio Play

from the screenplay by Frank Capra, Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett & Jo Swerling
adapted by Joe Landry
directed by Laura Riddle
music direction by Courtney Sherman
choreography by Denise Carlson-Gardner

This beloved American holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast complete with live music, commercials and sound effects in the tradition of the period. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of George Bailey unfolds as he is given a great gift by Clarence Oddbody one fateful Christmas Eve. Join the audience of a ‘live’ radio broadcast in New York City’s Studio A at WBFR Radio in Christmas Eve, 1946!

November 19 and 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Cofrin Family Hall, Weidner Center for the Performing Arts


The Hourglass Project

The Hourglass Project

a new play by Lee Blessing
directed by John Mariano

On a remote island, a small group of elderly people on the brink of realizing their mortality is given a “reset”- a second chance at life. Feeling they have nothing to lose, the test subjects have volunteered to participate in a highly unorthodox and dangerous medical experiment that raises profound ethical questions. This “comedy of anxiety” is the most recent invention from Pulitzer Prize- nominated playwright, Lee Blessing. A Forward Phoenix New Play Project

February 25, 26, 27, 2016 & March 2, 3, 4, 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Jean Weidner Theatre, Weidner Center for the Performing Arts

DanceWorks

DanceWorks

a dance concert directed by Denise Carlson-Gardner

Join us as we celebrate dance in a concert of faculty and student choreography representing a diverse medley of styles.

April 9, 2016 at 7:30 pm; April 10, 2016 at 3:00 pm
University Theatre, Theatre Hall

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

based on the book by Kevin Henkes
adapted by Kevin Kling
directed by Laura Riddle

Lilly is a mouse who knows what she likes. She likes her pointy pencils, her glittery movie-star glasses and her three shiny quarters. But most of all, Lilly likes her brand new purple plastic purse! Along with her friends Chester, Wilson and her beloved teacher, Mr. Slinger, Lilly finds endless adventures fueled by her delightfully oversized imagination. Suitable for ages 4 and up. A Forward Phoenix Family Playhouse Event

April 23, 2016 at 12:30 & 3:00 pm
University Theatre, Theatre Hall