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2017-18 CCU Theatre Season

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Arms and the Man

Thursday, Sept. 21 
Friday, Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 24, at 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 27 – Friday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 30, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

In George Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man, moonlight rises on a Bulgarian evening in 1885 when a chance encounter between a disheveled soldier fleeing the fight and a young lady awaiting the return of her heroic fiancé from the Serbo-Bulgarian War erupts in crackling wit, irony and charm. First produced in 1894 at the Avenue Theatre in London, England, this romantic comedy pokes fun at the dangers of bravado in battle and idealistic notions of love. Directed by Monica Bell, CCU Department of Theatre chair and associate professor. ***This production contains content that may be inappropriate for children. Parental discretion is advised.***

Edwards Theatre
Admission: $17


Thursday, Oct. 19 – Saturday, Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 25 – Friday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 28, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

With music by Jeanine Tesori and story and lyrics by Brian Crawley, Violet tells the story of a young woman who travels across the Deep South in 1964 toward a miracle: the healing touch of a TV evangelist who will transform her scarred face and make her beautiful. As she discovers the true meaning of beauty, she meets a young soldier whose love reaches far past her physical “imperfections.” Nominated for a Tony Award in 2014 and based on the short story The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts, Violet features show-stopping anthems grounded in the American roots of folk, bluegrass and gospel. Adam Pelty, assistant professor of theatre, directs and choreographs the production. *** This production contains content that may be inappropriate for children. Parental discretion is advised.***

Edwards Theatre
Admission: $17

Our Country’s Good

Wednesday, Nov. 8 – Friday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 12, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 14 – Friday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.

Timberlake Wertenbaker’s drama, adapted from a novel by Thomas Keneally and first seen at the Royal Court in 1988, tells the story of a civilizing experiment that takes place in 1789 in the first penal colony in Australia. To celebrate the king’s birthday, a group of Royal Marines and transported convicts work together to put on a production of Farquhar’s The Recruiting Officer. This performance became the first play ever to be staged in Australia. Our Country’s Good, a play about the humanizing and transformative power of theater, brings to vivid life the earthy humor of the convicts, the brutality of their treatment and the fractiousness of the naval officers in charge of a tense environment on the other side of the world.

Edwards Theatre
Admission: $17

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Bullets over Broadway The Musical

Thursday, Feb. 8 – Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018

Book by Woody Allen, featuring existing hits from the 1920s with additional music and lyrics by Glenn Kelly

In a frothy tale of thespians and thugs, Bullets over Broadway  The Musical asks, “How seriously do you take your art? Would you kill for it? Literally?” The 1920s come roaring to life in this musical adaptation of Academy Award-winner Woody Allen’s madcap film. Set amid tap-dancing gangsters and high-stepping chorines with a pretentious playwright, an aging leading lady, a ditsy leading man, a desperate producer, and a dimwitted chorus girl and her gangster sugar daddy, Bullets over Broadway is a love letter to the Golden Age of Broadway, loaded with big laughs, colorful characters and songs that made the ’20s roar. Nominated for six Tony Awards with standards including “Let’s Misbehave,” “’Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness If I Do” and “There’s a New Day Comin’!,” this musical is sure to dazzle.

Wheelwright Auditorium 
Admission: $17


Julius Caesar – William Shakespeare

Thursday, March 29 – Saturday, April 7, 2018

Women take on all the roles in this version of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, a classic play that has stood the test of time. Political intrigue, the corrupting force of power, the deep yearning for loyalty and the results of tragic idealism are explored in a journey mapped out by William Shakespeare and based on true events from Roman history. Conspiracies are hatched, battles are fought, loyalties are tested and lives are lost in one of the Bard’s most produced plays. 

Edwards Theatre
Admission: $17


35mm: A Musical Exhibition

Thursday, April 19 – Saturday, April 21, 2018

Music and lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver, based on the photographs of Matthew Murphy

A picture is worth a thousand words — what about a song? Can a picture inspire a song or 15? In 35mm, each photo creates a unique song, moments frozen in time, a glimmer of a life unfolding, a glimpse of something happening. This stunning new multimedia musical explores a groundbreaking new concept in musical theatre. This intricately woven collection of stories told through song re-imagines what the modern American musical can be.

Edwards Theatre
Admission: $17


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