Current Season

Lycoming College Theatre Department's 2013-14 Season
Mary L. Welch Theatre

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An Absurd Pair:

An Absurd Pair

“Fire in the Basement” by Pavel Kohout 
Translated by Peter Stenberg and Marketa Goetz-Stankiewicz

“Out at Sea” by Slawomir Mrozek
Translated by Nicholas Bethell
Directed by Biliana Stoytcheva-Horissian

Oct. 2-5, 2013
All performances are at 8:00 p.m.

This pair of absurdist comedies from Eastern Europe celebrates the ridiculous while scrutinizing the art of manipulation. “Fire in the Basement” is set in the modest apartment of a newlywed couple that find themselves invaded by four firefighters who quickly monopolize their lives. But where is the fire? Is there a fire? In “Out at Sea,” three people stranded on a raft confront the ultimate dilemma as their supplies dwindle: whom to eat first? Both plays share a savage humor and sometimes insane intensity as they satirize the very nature of power and its ability to corrupt. Adult situations. Recommended for mature audiences.

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

By Oscar Wilde
Directed by Mary Ethel Schmidt, Guest Artist
Nov. 20-23, 2013
All performances are at 8:00 p.m.

Since its premiere in 1895, Wilde’s hilarious send-up of England’s Victorian culture and courtship rituals has earned its status as a comic masterpiece. In fact, many critics claim it is the wittiest play in the English language, and its popularity has been proven by 100s of stage productions and three film versions. The story: two dashing young bachelors, Jack and Algernon, woo their respective beloveds by pretending their name is Earnest, a magical name that enamors both young ladies. Inevitably, their lies are exposed, and despite the wild chaos along the way, we can promise a perfectly happy ending! Recommended for all audiences.

LET IT BE ART! Harold Clurman’s Life of Passion

Let It Be Art!

Feb. 13-15, 2014
Directed by Gregory Abels
Written and performed by Ronald Rand, Guest Artist
All performances are at 8:00 p.m.

In this bold and effervescent solo performance, professional guest artist Ronald Rand embodies Harold Clurman, the writer, director, and critic whose influence on the American theatre reverberates into the 21st century. Let It Be Art! traces Clurman’s remarkable journey of a life in the theatre as founder of the Group Theatre, director of more than 40 Broadway plays, and friend to a galaxy of theatre luminaries, including Lee Strasberg, Cheryl Crawford, Stella Adler, Clifford Odets, Edward Gordon Craig, and Marlon Brando. Together Ronald Rand and Harold Clurman make theatrical magic. Recommended for all audiences.

The Cradle Will Rock

The Cradle Will Rock

A co-production with the Lycoming College Music Department
Music and lyrics by Marc Blitzstein
Directed by N. J. Stanley
Musical directed by Gary Boerckel
April 9-12, 2014
All performances are at 8:00 p.m.

Blitzstein’s thoroughly American musical is set in Steeltown, U.S.A., where local tycoon Mr. Mister owns the steel factory and everything and everyone else. It’s 1937, and the brash young Larry Foreman wants to organize a steelworkers’ union, while Mr. Mister is determined to thwart Larry’s plan by turning the whole town against him. Although Blitzstein’s subject matter is blatantly serious, his style is potent satire, and his Steeltown is peopled with larger-than-life cartoon characters that are downright funny. This blistering critique of big business is the first American musical that champions the plight of the little guy. Adult situations. Recommended for mature audiences.

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. 4: An Absurd Pair: “Fire in the Basement” and “Out at Sea”
  • Nov. 22: The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Feb. 14: Let It Be Art!
  • April 11: The Cradle Will Rock

Advanced reservations are required. Don't miss this exciting event! Menu varies for each show. Call the box office today at 570-321-4048.