Lycoming College Theatre Department's 2014-15 Season
Mary L. Welch Theatre
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The Distance from Here
By Neil LaBute
Directed by N. J. Stanley
October 1-4, 2014
Contemporary playwright Neil LaBute has made his mark exposing the dark underbelly of America in his many plays. This disturbing drama explores the lives of a disenfranchised, disenchanted family that functions on the fringes of society and morality. In his Preface to the play, LaBute captures the kind of people we meet in The Distance from Here: “Even growing up in America, I think most of us are only two detentions and one dead-end job away from ending up just another failed dreamer with a difficult childhood and lousy luck.” For mature audiences only.
In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play
By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Professional Guest Artist Bridget Leak ’05
November 19-22, 2014
This surprising comedy takes place in the 1880s when the condition that became known as female “hysteria” was first treated by forward-thinking physicians with a new medical device called the vibrator. The play’s setting consists of two rooms, the adjoining parlor and consulting room of the upstanding Dr. Givings, a specialist in the treatment of hysteria. In the Next Room is a funny and fanciful exploration of an era when men and women had virtually no understanding of the delicate connection between love and sex. For mature audiences only.
A Commedia dell’Arte Theatre for Youth Production
Adapted by Tiffany Towns
Directed by Tiffany Towns
February 26-28, 2015
Come experience a night of music, movement, and merriment at a performance produced by the Theatre for Youth and Young Audiences class! Several titles are under consideration for a show that will explore the characters and acting style of Commedia dell’Arte. Come celebrate as we debut the show at Lycoming before the company hits the road, performing at local high schools, middle schools, and performing arts centers in spring 2015. Recommended for audience members of all ages!
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf
By Ntozake Shange
Directed by Nigel Semaj B. ’16
April 8-11, 2015
First performed in 1975 and produced most recently on Broadway in 2007, this series of 20 poems collectively creates a poignant portrait of universal struggle. Called a “choreopoem” by its author, the play weaves together the stories of seven African-American women coping with their loves, their losses, their families, their culture, and their sense of self. The production combines music, movement, and lyrical language in a very theatrical experience that is a celebration of the power of womanhood. For mature audiences only.
In the Dragon’s Lair Theatre
Showcase of One-act Plays
Directed by Nigel Semaj B. ’16 and Nathan Kaczmarek ’16
December 5-6, 2014
Titles will be announced and auditions will be held in October 2014.
By David Auburn
Directed by Tobias Anderson ’15
March 27-28, 2015
Catherine is coping with the recent death of her father, hailed as a mathematical genius at the University of Chicago. Catherine is also faced with a terrifying problem. She knows she shares her father’s genius for math, but has she also inherited his mental illness? This intriguing play is part mystery, part love story and the winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for drama. For mature audiences only.
Dinner and a Show
Continuing a popular event for our theatre patrons! One night of each production, Parkhurst Catering will offer a scrumptious pre-show dinner for our theatre patrons in the Jane Schultz Room on the Lycoming College campus. Tickets for dinner and a show are $18.00 per person. Dinner will be offered on the following Fridays:
- Oct. 3: The Distance from Here
- Nov. 21: In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play
- Feb. 27: A Commedia dell’Arte Theatre for Youth Production
- April 10: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf
Advanced reservations are required. Don't miss this exciting event! Menu varies for each show. Call the box office today at 570-321-4048.