The annual Student Icebreaker will open the season Sept. 20-22 at 8 p.m., with a special midnight show on Friday, Sept. 21. Following last year's success, students will present another entertaining round of all-new plays from Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. The production was created by Greg Allen and written by the NeoFuturists, a theatre collective based in Chicago. Theatre major Zane Johnston 09 will direct an ensemble of actors and one emcee who will perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. Ticket prices are determined at the door by the roll of a die.
The Learned Ladies by Molière will be presented Nov. 8-10 and 15-17 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. In the comedy, directed by Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre, Clitandre seeks the hand of Henriette. Henriettes father, Chrysale, strongly approves, but his wife, Philaminte, has plans for her daughter to marry Trissotin, a foppish charlatan who panders to Philamintes pseudo-intellectual pursuits. To complicate matters, Armande, Henriettes older sister, resents Clitandres attention to her sister although she previously spurned his advances in order to pursue her intellectual endeavors.
Crave, written by British playwright Sarah Kane, will be presented March 18-21. Crave is a dramatic poem that charts the disintegration of a human mind under the pressures of love, desire and loss. This play will also be directed by Gupton.
The season will close with Bleacher Bums under the direction of Ty Marshall, professor of theatre, May 1-3 and 8-10 at 8 p.m. and May 4 at 2 p.m. The play was conceived by actor Joe Mantegna and explores a day in the life of loyal Chicago Cubs baseball fans and gamblers from the cheap seats at Wrigley Field. The comedy is set in 1988 as the Cubs play the dreaded St. Louis Cardinals. A rabid cheerleader, a blind man who does color commentary, a sun-worshipping beauty and a hen-pecked husband bet among themselves; go out for hot dogs, beer, and frosty malts; and, occasionally, watch the game.
All plays will be performed in the Marshall Theatre in Kenneth W. Ford Hall. Times and ticket information will be available prior to each production.