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2018-19 CCU Theatre Season

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The Pillow Man (470x470) Theatre Season 2018-2019 A Little Night Music (470x470) Theatre Season 2018-2019 ‌‌Our Town (470x470) Theatre Season 2018-2019

The Pillowman

Thursday, Oct. 11 – Friday, Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 14, 3 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.

The CCU Department of Theatre presents Martin McDonagh’s 2005 Tony Award-nominated hit, The Pillowman, directed by Professor Steve Earnest. This Kafkaesque play centers on the interrogation of a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state regarding the gruesome content of his haunting short stories. Blurring the lines between fact and fiction, truth and storytelling, McDonagh celebrates with dark humor the spellbinding power of narrative and investigates the delicate balance between the freedom of the individual and the security of the state. 

Edwards Theatre
Admission: $17

A Little Night Music

Wednesday, Oct. 24 – Friday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27, 3 p.m. 

Exclusive Special Event:  
Saturday, Oct. 27, 7:30p.m. (See Box Office for Details)

Set in turn-of-the-century Sweden and directed by Monica Bell, associate professor of CCU’s Department of Theatre, A Little Night Music is a musical celebration of love. Featuring a gorgeous score infused with humor, warmth and the flavor of a waltz, Stephen Sondheim’s most popular work is ripe with possibilities and passion. Discover love, loss and the complexities of human desire in some of Sondheim’s most stunning melodies including “The Glamorous Life,” “A Weekend in the Country,” and “Send in the Clowns.” Performed with an unforgettable cast of characters, this work of enchantment and mischief is a masterwork of musical comedy. 

Wheelwright Auditorium 
Admission: $25


Our Town

Wednesday, Nov. 7 – Friday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 11, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 13 Thursday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m.

Special Matinee:  Friday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m.
***Admission Price $5.00 (This time/date only.)

A landmark in American drama, Thornton Wilder’s 1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town tells the story of a small town that represents every town the world over. Narrated by the “Stage Manager,” the play follows the Gibbs and Webb families, residents of Grover’s Corners, N.H., through 12 years of life changes – from the mundane to the romantic to the devastating. Through young lovers Emily and George, their strong and loving parents and the locals’ interwoven lives, Wilder delivers universal truths about what it means to be human.

Edwards Theatre
Admission: $17


‌‌She Kills Monsters (470x470) Theatre Season 2018-2019 ‌‌Steel Pier (470x470) Theatre Season 2018-2019 ‌‌‌‌

She Kills Monsters

Thursday, Jan. 31 – Saturday, Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 6 – Saturday, Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb 9, 3 p.m.

A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90’s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

Edwards Theatre
Admission: $17


Steel Pier

Thursday, Feb. 21 – Saturday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb.27 – Saturday, March 2, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 2, 3 p.m.

Set in an Atlantic City ballroom of 1933, a hodge-podge of hopefuls have amassed at the Steel Pier dance hall to vie for a $2,000 prize and a shot at showbiz fame. Described as an American Fable in two Acts and twenty Scenes and nominated for eleven Tony Awards, Steel Pier charts the course of aging celebrity Rita Racine as she enters into, what she plans to be her last dance marathon. With a “no show” dance partner, she resorts to pairing with a first-time marathoner, stunt pilot Bill Kelly who has landed at this particular marathon with the intent to cash in on his winnings of a contest for which the prize was a date with Miss Racine. With a cast of vivid marathon contestants, from a bawdy, no-nonsense burlesque singer; a brother-and-sister hoofer team; a handsome former Olympic athlete and his partner a snobby socialite, to hopeful newlyweds from Utah, dance floor courtships are revealed as the piece lindy-hops its way, by turns dark and cheerfully old-fashioned, into our hearts.

Wheelwright Auditorium
Admission: $25


A New Brain

Thursday, April 11 – Saturday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 17 – Saturday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 20, 3 p.m.

By the Tony Award-winning authors of Falsettos, here is an energetic, sardonic, often comical musical that turns the sophisticated angst of modern musical theatre on its ear. A composer during a medical emergency collapses into his lunch and awakes in the hospital, surrounded by his maritime-enthusiast lover, his mother, a co-worker, the doctor, and the nurses. Reluctantly, he had been composing a song for a children’s television show that features a frog – Mr. Bungee – and the specter of this large green character and the unfinished work haunts him throughout his medical trauma. Arriving on the other side of the ordeal, through a surreal, circuitous path touching upon the unlikely subjects of sailing, genetics, homelessness and children’s television, A New Brain explores the creative mind in the process of recovery and the deep yearning for the fulfillment of life’s dreams.

Edwards Theatre
Admission: $17


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