Department of Theatre
THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) [REVISED]
By Adam Long, Jess Winfield, and Daniel Singer
Directed by Jeff Casazza
Studio Theatre in Kettler Hall
December 3–4 | 8 p.m.
The Reduced Shakespeare Company is a comedy troupe that takes long, serious subjects and reduces them to short, sharp, irreverent comedies. Their classic Shakespearean farce parodies all 37 of the Bard’s plays and performs them in just 97 minutes. This witty, fast-paced romp wickedly weaves its way through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories, and tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter. According to the critics, if you like Shakespeare, you’ll love this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love this show.
SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM
Musical revue with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Conceived by James Lapine
Directed by Craig A. Humphrey
Musical Direction by Holly Knott
February 18, 19, 24–26 | 8 p.m.
February 20 | 2 p.m.
Hailed as a “revelatory revue full of wonderful moments” and a “funny, affectionate and revealing tribute to musical theater’s greatest living composer and lyricist” Sondheim on Sondheim is an intimate portrait of the famed songwriter in his own words and music. His story. His inspiration. His genius. The tapestry of creativity that characterizes Stephen Sondheim remained largely undiscussed by the man himself…until now. This multi-media presentation features in-depth video interviews, delving into Sondheim’s personal life and artistic process. A must-see for Sondheim lovers everywhere.
DRACULA: AN ACT OF DESTRUCTION
A devised piece based on Bram Stoker’s novel
Conceived and Directed by Jeff Casazza
April 22–23, 27–29 | 8:00 p.m.
April 24 | 2:00 p.m
Following the 2017 devised exploration of the iconic Frankenstein, Jeff Casazza now focuses on another icon: Dracula. Irish author Bram Stoker introduced the world to one of literature’s most famous characters in his 1897 Gothic horror novel. Count Dracula’s essence and the seductive power of destruction that follows him continues to fascinate millions around the world. This unique, devised theatrical performance will delve into the nature of fear and various facets of destruction through spoken word, music, dance, lights, sound, and special effects. The production will feature many of the well-known “inhabitants” of Dracula, other iconic vampires, and various characters from world mythology.