Theatre Department announces ‘Caught in the Act’ performance season

theatre-2013The Theatre at Marietta College will produce and perform three plays during the 2013-14 season, as well as wrap the year with the annual One-Act Festival as part of “Caught in the Act.”

The season opens at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20, with the first of five showings of Jean Genet’s “The Maids.”

“The best theatre makes art out of the profundity of human actions. Live performances offer make-believe worlds where active fantasies share the stage with gripping truths,” said Artistic Director Jeffrey M. Cordell. “ Thus, we get caught in the act of suspending time and reality when we attend the theatre. But being ‘caught in the act’ also promises the high drama of revelations, complications, and judgments of guilt or innocence. The primary characters in our productions this season will all get caught in the act — of deception, of jealousy, of provoking the status quo — and their stories are richer for it.”

Andy Felt, Assistant Professor of Theatre, is directing “The Maids,” which also has performances at 8 p.m. on Sept. 21, 27 and 28 and 2 p.m. shows on Sept. 21-22.

In “The Maids,” two housemaid sisters play out eerie and tempestuous rituals while their mistress is away. As they kick up their heels to imagine living “the good life,” their games kick up the dust surrounding ideas of power, social status, and privilege. Turns out, a twisty murder plot is brewing along with Madame’s tea.   

“The Maids” will be performed in the Studio Theatre of Hermann Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $8 for students. Marietta College students and employees are free. 

Cordell directs the next performance, while Dr. Daniel Monek provides musical direction, on Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man.” It opens at 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8.

“The Music Man” will also be performed at 8 p.m. on Nov. 9, 15 and 16, as well as 2 p.m. on Nov. 9, 10 and 16.

During the performance, Professor Harold Hill, an infamously sly traveling salesman of boys’ band equipment, jumps off the train and into the stubborn Iowa town of River City, with its infamously prim librarian and piano teacher, Marian Paroo, he realizes he will need to combine fast talk with fancy footwork or risk facing the music. Marietta’s Music and Theatre departments unite to deliver this American musical classic featuring favorites like “76 Trombones,” “Till There Was You,” “Ya Got Trouble,” “Gary, Indiana,” and “Shipoopi!” 

“The Music Man” will be performed in the Friederich Theatre of Hermann Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12.50 for seniors and $10 for students. Marietta College students and employees are free. 

Student Keith Foster ’14 (Stow, Ohio) directs Donald Margulies’ “Time Stands Still,” which opens at 8 p.m. Feb. 21.

Other scheduled performances are at 8 p.m. on Feb. 22, 28 and March 1 and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 23 and March 2.

In “Time Stands Still,” Sarah Goodwin, a distinguished career photojournalist, returns home to heal from a roadside bomb attack while covering a story in the Middle East. Her recovery process with her lover, James, forces them to confront marriage, fidelity and occupational hazards. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies creates a contemporary drama weighing our humanitarian obligations against the damages we cause ourselves and those we love most when we follow our passions.

“Time Stands Still” will be performed in the Friederich Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $8 for students. Marietta College students and employees are free. 

Reserved tickets for these three productions are highly recommended. Tickets may be reserved by visiting the department’s on-line box office at www.marietta.edu/~thea and clicking on box office. Reservations for each show will be accepted beginning one month prior to opening night. Reserved tickets may be picked up and paid for at the box office beginning one hour before the performance. Reserved tickets must be picked up by 10 minutes before the performance. At that time, any unclaimed tickets will be released. For those without reservations, tickets may be purchased beginning one hour before the performance.

The season wraps in April with the annual One-Act Festival. The three rotating programs of one-act plays are directed as final projects by students enrolled in Theatre 304: Intermediate Directing.

The performances are scheduled for 9:30 p.m., April 10; 7 and 9:30 p.m., April 11; 2 and 8 p.m., April 12; and 2 p.m., April 13.

One-Act Festival performances are free and open to the public. There are no reserved tickets for these festival performances. Festival tickets are available approximately 30 minutes before the performance begins in the Hermann Fine Arts Center Lobby.