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Catawba College Theatre Arts Presents its 2015-2016 Season: Experiments in FORM
Artists are individuals willing to articulate in the face of flux and transformation; and the successful artist finds new shapes for our present ambiguities and uncertainties. - Anne Bogart, directorThis season, the Catawba Theatre Arts program presents six performances with the thematic goal of looking at the conversation that happens in the creative act between the form of a work of art and its content (its story, message, or meaning). Each of the pieces presented this season represents a shift in perspective on theatrical form—a “new shape” for their time—crafted by the playwrights and choreographers to more effectively contain the political, philosophical, and aesthetic essence of each work’s historical and cultural moment. The directors this season (four faculty, two students and one guest) will examine questions like: How does the structure of a piece connect to its story? How is the form of a piece reflective of the culture that invented it? How do we, as artists, interrogate a historical form to make its content relevant to contemporary audiences? How does content determine form and how does form determine content?
Please join us for this magical, experimental ride!
On the Verge
In On the Verge, playwright Eric Overmyer sweeps us off on a linguistic safari exploring wit, wisdom, and the wilderness that is imagination. From the terra firma of their own era, three Victorian women (Fanny, Mary, and Alex) expedition into the unknown, discovering Terra Incognito and “osmosing” the future (spoiler alert: it’s slang and Cool Whip!). Mel Gussow called the play, “A frolicsome jaunt through a continuum of space, time, history, geography, feminism, and fashion.” Indeed, watching the three heroines dive in to their experiences, confronting dirigibles, a yeti, Mr. Coffee, 1955, and Rock n’ Roll, it becomes clear their helmets are not all that’s pith-y.
Waiting for Lefty
Waiting for Lefty by Clifford Odettes Directed by student director, Melissa Tarduno1930's, New York City. The Great Depression takes full force and working families are put out on the streets to starve. As people fight for their lives, a union of cab drivers decide 'no more' and wait for their leader, Lefty Castello, to choose if they will strike or not. As the greedy Harry Fatt tries to persuade the workers now is not the time to strike, the members reveal the heartbreak, anger and injustice they have endured from the hands of big business and the failure of looking after the diminishing working class. The demand for social change drives this classic Group Theatre production into modern times leaving us to answer: "what are we waiting for?"
Godspell book by John-Michael Tebelak; Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz Directed by Joe HernandezGodspell, the first major musical theatre offering from 3-time Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz was Tony nominated for Best Original Score and was one of the longest running Off-Broadway musicals before moving to Broadway in June of 1976. This show shares the incredible stories and teachings of the Gospel according to St. Matthew. At its heart, Godspell is about a community of diverse people coming together with Jesus to share in telling of the timeless parables of friendship, forgiveness, loyalty and love.
Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl Directed by Beth HomanMacArthur “Genius” award recipient and two-time Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright, Sarah Ruhl re-imagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine, Eurydice. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists, and a few impossibilities, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story.Like most of Ruhl’s remarkably poetic plays, Eurydice is a love letter to what makes the theatre theatrical. Her plays celebrate what she calls “the pleasure of heightened things,” and are full of both figurative and literal transformations—“revelations in the moment” that are reflected in her characters, their stories, and often the stage space itself.
Blue Masque Student Directed Production - Directed by student director, Morgan SummersIn this unconventional 19th century thriller, Georg Büchner explores the social and psychological effects of exploitation and oppression on the human psyche. Based on the real-life criminal case of Franz Joseph Woyzeck, the play’s series of episodic snapshots interrogates the limits of science and logic in addressing the world’ social ills. Leading its audience subjectively through the perspective of it title character—military man, barber, lover, and human science experiment—this Expressionist masterpiece is an astonishingly original work that many historians now recognize as the herald of Modern dramatic form.
Outrageous Dance Project 2.0
Outrageous Dance Project Directed by Meredith Fox & Richard SteinartCatawba College will once again collaborate with Ballet Pensacola to create the second iteration of The Outrageous Dance Project. This particular iteration will be directed in tandem by two Catawba alumni - Richard Steinert ’81, Artistic Director of Ballet Pensacola, and Meredith Fox ’07, Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre and Dance at Catawba. The concert will celebrate a variety of dance forms and styles ranging from classical ballet to ballroom performed by Ballet Pensacola and the Catawba College Dance Ensemble.

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