Quinnipiac University's theater program is pleased to announce its 2016-2017 season.
The season will include two plays, one musical, and a New Play Festival of student-written works. This season celebrates gender equality as both selected plays are written by female playwrights. We've picked plays that consider the needs and interests of our students while still appealing to a wide range of audience members.
Tickets are $10 for students and seniors, and $15 general admission.
By Diana Son
Directed by Drew Scott
Oct. 13-16, 2016
We open our season with Stop Kiss by Diana Son. A timely play in the wake of the shootings at Orlando's Pulse Nightclub.
After Callie meets Sara, the two unexpectedly fall in love. Their first kiss provokes a violent attack that transforms their lives in a way they could never anticipate. "A poignant and funny play about the ways, both sudden and slow, that lives can change irrevocably," says Variety.
Stop Kiss will be directed by Drew Scott, Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. Maggie Pinnow, senior double major in Theater and English will design lights, Adam Rigg, Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts will design set and costumes.
Performances will be October 13th- 15th at 7:30 p.m. and October 16th at 2 p.m. in the Clarice L. Buckman Theater on the Mount Carmel Campus.
The Clean House
By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Keely Baisden
Nov. 10-13, 2016
In November we will present The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl. This thoughtful and wildly funny contemporary play was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and received its world premiere at Yale Repertory Theater. It's since gone on to countless successful productions in NYC and around the world.
Lane, a successful doctor has hired Matilde, a Brazilian maid, to help with some chores around the house but Matilde is more interested in telling jokes and Lane's sister has secretly been cleaning her house instead. It's not until Lane's husband comes home with his "bashert," or true love, that Lane is forced to confront her own perception of what's real and what's true in her life. The Clean House is as funny as it is compelling.
The Clean House will be directed by Keely Baisden, Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. Maggie Pinnow, senior double major in Theater and English will design lights, Cece Fanning, senior double major in Theater and English will design the set, Adam Rigg, Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts will design costumes.
Performances will be November 10th- 12th at 7:30 p.m. and November 13th at 2 p.m. in the Clarice L. Buckman Theater on the Mount Carmel Campus.
The Wild Party
Music, lyrics, and book by Andrew Lippa
Directed by James Noble
March 2-5, 2017
Our spring musical, Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party is a steamy prohibition tale. This musical was an off-broadway gem that garnered an array of industry accolades, including Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, & Obie awards. Based on Joseph Moncure March's 1928 narrative poem of the same name, this darkly brilliant show features one of the most exciting, pulse-racing scores ever written.
Lovers Queenie and Burrs decide to throw the party to end all parties in their Manhattan apartment. After the colorful arrival of a slew of guests living life on the edge, Queenie's wandering eyes land on a striking man named Black. As the decadence is reaching a climax, so is Burrs' jealousy which erupts and sends him into a violent rage. Gun in hand and inhibitions abandoned Burrs turns on Queenie and Black. The gun gets fired, but who's been shot? Decadence and excess are the life of the party in this jazzy, 1920's whodunnit.
The Wild Party will be directed by James Noble, Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. Adam Rigg, Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts will design set, lights, and costumes.
Performances will be March 2nd- 5th at 7:30 p.m. and March 6th at 2 p.m. in the Clarice L. Buckman Theater on the Mount Carmel Campus.
The 2017 New Play Festival
Produced in affiliation with The Barrow Group
April 8, 2017
TBG Theater in New York City
312 W 36th St., New York, NY 10018
Our final production of the season will take place in New York City as we produce our 4th Annual New Play Festival of student-written works. This festival will be produced in affiliation with The Barrow Group Theatre Company and will feature seven world premiere productions of Quinnipiac student-written plays at The Barrow Group's MainStage theater in NYC just steps away from Times Square.
All plays will be written, directed, performed, and stage-managed by Quinnipiac students under the mentorship and guidance of The Barrow Group's professional artistic team.
Please join us in the city on April 8th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. for the festival.
Much Ado About Nothing
Theater for Community presented "Much Ado About Nothing" April 10-13, 2014, in the Clarice L. Buckman Theater. One of Shakespeare's most popular plays, "Much Ado About Nothing" is a classic battle of the sexes, featuring a war of wits between Benedick, who declares he would rather die than get married, and Beatrice, who every morning and evening prays, "God send me no husband." The plot traces what happens to the combative couple when their friends conspire to bring them "into a mountain of affection" by tricking them into falling in love. A secondary plot follows the fortunes of the young lovers Hero and Claudio when Hero is accused of infidelity by the malicious Don John.
The production was directed by Tom Schwans, professional actor, director and an adjunct professor in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.
New Play Festival
Thirty-four members of Quinnipiac's visual and performing arts department participated in the inaugural New Play Festival, a collaboration between the University and the Abingdon Theatre Company in New York City. The students spent four days in New York City, starting with rehearsals on Feb. 27 and culminating with performances on March 1, 2014. Working with the professionals, Quinnipiac students submitted 30 original plays. Officials from the Abingdon Theatre Company then selected seven plays for production.
They included: "Apocalypse Tonight" by David Piselli; "Count" by Steph Fasano; "Diner of Eden" by Marina Dugan; "Emma" by Samantha Chasse; "Love at Corner Diner" by Yara Farahmand; "The Lives We Lead" by Jessica Lehman; and "Three Musketeers" by Alan Johnson.
Mac Wellman's Dracula
Theater for Community presented "Mac Wellman's Dracula" Nov. 7-10, 2013, in the Clarice L. Buckman Theater on the Mount Carmel Campus.
The play is an adaption of Bram Stoker's novel that tells the story of the vampire, Count Dracula, as he leaves his native home to find new blood. The play focuses on the battle of a resolute group of men who saves the lives and souls of two spirited, strong-willed young women.
Theater for Community presented its Senior Spotlight production of "Mauritius" Oct. 8-13, 2013 in the Black Box Theater on the Mount Carmel Campus.
Written by Theresa Rebeck, this 2007 Broadway comedy-thriller follows estranged sisters as they battle three ruthless men for two of the most valuable stamps in the world. Drew Scott, an adjunct theater professor, directed.
Theater for Community presented the world premiere of "Lily Hare," a dark comedy by New Haven playwright Kevin Daly, Feb. 28-March 3, 2013, in the Clarice L. Buckman Theater on the Mount Carmel Campus.
Set in 1849, "Lily Hare" follows the fortunes of an actress who tours the country with her companion and student, Ned Tambourine, presenting a one-person show of badly memorized speeches from Shakespeare. After one typically dreadful performance, Lily meets wealthy young admirer Simon Filbert and hatches a plan to use him and his money to advance her career.
Theater for Community presented "Eclipsed" by Patricia Burke Brogan, Nov. 8-11, 2012, in the Clarice L. Buckman Theater on the Mount Carmel Campus.
"Eclipsed" is set in Ireland in 1963 and takes the audience inside one of the infamous Magdalene laundries to show the daily life of the young women confined there and forced to endure harsh treatment and backbreaking labor for being pregnant but unmarried. The play centers around how these women keep their spirits from being crushed by singing and telling stories. Brogan is an Irish playwright, novelist, poet and artist.
The student cast included: Patricia Hibner, Jessica Lehman, Sara Detrik, Dominique Williams, Kristen Banaszak, Sarah Faidell, Michelle Ayrapetyan and Nicole Palmer. Crystal Brian, professor of theater in the College of Arts and Sciences, directed.
The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek
Theater for Community presented "The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek" by Naomi Wallace, Oct. 4-7, 2012, at the Clarice L. Buckman Theater on the Mount Carmel Campus.
Set in the midst of the Great Depression in a dying town "somewhere in the United States," "The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek" is a psychological mystery and haunting coming-of-age story that fluidly moves between the past and present to explore the intense, enigmatic bond that develops between shy 15-year-old Dalton Chance and fearless 16-year-old tomboy Page Creagan when she challenges him to race an oncoming freight train across the 100-foot high trestle over Pope Lick Creek.
Sara Detrik played Pace Creagan and Aleczander Farquharson played Dalton Chase. Bob Bresnick, an adjunct faculty member, directed and was the sound designer for the production.
Theater for Community performed "Coastal Disturbances" at Long Wharf Theatre, Stage II, April 12-15, 2012. "Coastal Disturbances" by Tina Howe is a comedy about the dizzying and disconcerting effects of love. This ensemble play, set on a private beach on the North Shore of Massachusetts, follows the stories of four generations of vacationers and focuses on the romance of professional photographer Holly Dancer and the handsome but shy, unsophisticated lifeguard Leo Hart. Emily Seibert played Holly and Michael Bobenhausen played Leo.
In addition to Seibert and Bobenhausen, the student cast also included: Michelle Ayrapetyan, Aleczander Farquharson, Jessica Lehman, Juli McGourty and Jessica Otterbine. Drew Scott, an adjunct theater professor, and Peter Wood, a professional actor, also performed in the production. Crystal Brian, professor of theater, directed.
Dead Man's Cell Phone
Theater for Community presented "Dead Man's Cell Phone" March 1-4, 2012, at the Clarice L. Buckman Theater on the Mount Carmel Campus.
Written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl, the play follows the journey of Jean whose impulsive decision to answer a ringing cell phone leads her into a series of unexpected confrontations that are romantic, funny, and sometimes dangerous. Through her odyssey, she is forced to confront her own assumptions about love, mortality, redemption and the challenge of being truly connected in a technology obsessed world.
Drew Scott, an adjunct theater professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, directed.
Theater for Community performed "Seven" Nov. 10-13, 2011, at Long Wharf Theatre, Stage II, in New Haven.
Written by a group of well-known playwrights, including Anna Deavere Smith, "Seven" is based on interviews with women from around the world who suffered violence and abuse and survived to become advocates for the women in their countries who continue to be brutalized. The cast members are playing real women from Nigeria, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Northern Ireland, Russia and Guatemala.
"The piece is an extremely powerful evocation of the horrific abuse these women suffered and their strength and courage in transcending the trauma they experienced in order to help women in their countries to avoid the experiences the characters suffered," said Crystal Brian, professor of theater at Quinnipiac who is directing the production.
The Mercy Seat
Theater for Community performed "The Mercy Seat" Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2011, at the Clarice L. Buckman Theater on the Mount Carmel Campus.
"The Mercy Seat" by Neil LaBute presents a battle of the sexes played out against the backdrop of the events of Sept. 11, 2001. An emotionally super-charged play, "The Mercy Seat" is at times savage, darkly humorous and always provocative. Sophomores Michael Bobenhausen and Emily Siebert played the leads.
Robert Bresnick, an adjunct faculty member, directed.