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Current Season

Lycoming College Theatre Department 2020-2021 Season

The Lycoming College Theatre Department is excited to announce its 2020-2021 season.

Androcles and the Lion

April 23-24, 6 p.m.
Fultz Quad

Androcles and the Lion Poster

In a classic retelling of a story that dates back to the 2nd century, after Androcles escapes a life of slavery and flees into the forest, he comes upon a lion with thorn in its paw. Androcles removes the thorn and becomes friends with the lion. He later faces the starving lion in an arena, but the lion does not eat him. Attendees will enjoy this family-friendly version that tells a story of gratitude and kindness. Directed by David Leidholdt. Music by Glenn Mack. Musical direction by Mo Ortbal. Based on the book by Aurand Harris. Based on the book by Aurand Harris. Produce by special arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois.

Dismantled; A Reading/Workshop Series

Dismantled; A Reading/Workshop Series

Led by Nigel Semaj '17

This exciting series of virtual staged readings and workshops will provide an opportunity for the campus community to continue an ongoing conversation about narratives of Black and brown people, equity, diversity, inclusion, and how we can move toward a collective liberation. Four different virtual readings will address a variety of topics related to Black lives, centering BIPOC narratives, and discussions on race in America, followed by talkbacks with invited guests.

Dismantled: A Case for Black Girls Setting Central Park on Fire

Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m.

Dismantled: A Case for Black Girls Setting Central Park on Fire by Kori Alston

Part of a four-play collection called Plays in Recovery, Kori Alston's "A Case for Black Girls Setting Central Park on Fire," follows a 12-year-old Black girl, her dog, and her imaginary friends as she learns to process her trauma. "The piece addresses how Black women and girls have been treated, but at its heart, this is a piece about healing," said Semaj.

February 20, 5:30-7 p.m.
How Her Story Is Your Story.

This workshop aims to discuss the history of the Black woman and how her support, love, and endurance built the world we know today.


Dismantled: Collective Empathy Formation from 1968 and 2018

Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m.

Dismantled: Collective Empathy Formation from 1968 and 2018 by Calley N. Anderson

“Collective Empathy Formation 1968-2018” sees five research study participants gather in a conference room. Their task appears simple and straight-forward: select 10 events from the year 1968 that they feel impacted the nation’s conscious and view of empathy. What transpires is a reflection of what is seen, heard, and missed when history, memory, and living bodies must merge in unflinching ways.

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February 27, 5:30-7 p.m.
Let's Talk about Race: Hard Conversations About Race, Systemic Oppression, Inequality and What We Can Do to Achieve Liberation

Participate in the Workshop


Dismantled: Spell Number 7

March 6, 7:30 p.m.

Dismantled: Spell Number 7 by Ntozake Shange

Ntozake Shange’s “Spell Number 7” is the story of a group of Black friends who are musicians and performers. In a series of dreamlike vignettes and poetic monologues, they commiserate about the difficulties they face as black artists.

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March 6, 5:30-7 p.m.
Dismantling the Master’s Playhouse

Participate in the Workshop


Dismantled: Lyon's Den

March 13, 7:30 p.m.

Dismantled: Lyon's Den by TJ Young

In “Lyon’s Den” we follow Q, a young poet and only Lyon son, as he takes the audience through the moments that lead to the demise of his family. This new work explores the pain of loss, the purpose of family, and how to make a house a home again after it has been torn apart.

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August Strindberg’s The Dance of Death

The Dance of Death, 2020

In a new version by C. Austin Hill

Strindberg’s classic play The Dance of Death examines what might happen to a marriage when isolation and seclusion team up with cruelty and boredom. In this brand-new version, written by Lycoming College faculty member Dr. C. Austin Hill, Strindberg’s bizarre hyper-naturalism comes vividly to life—and to death—as, on the eve of their 25th wedding anniversary Alice (a former actress) and Edgar (her military Captain husband) negotiate the remains of their meager existence, the loneliness of social distancing, and the arrival of Curt (who has come to build a quarantine hospital) onto their tiny island. Dark and intense—and bitingly funny—The Dance of Death is quite a complex waltz.

Dance of Death will be available for streaming from Dec. 4-7.