2013 -2014 Theatre Arts Season
The Importance of Being Earnest
A Victorian comedy by Oscar Wilde
October 11, 12, 17, 18 & 19 at 7:30 p.m.
October 18 at 10 a.m.; October 20 at 2 p.m.
“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”
The Arabian Nights
A mesmerizing tale by Mary Zimmerman
November 22, 23, December 5, 6, 7 at 7:30 p.m.
November 24 at 2 p.m.; December 6 at 10 a.m.
Tony Award-winner Mary Zimmerman has spun her magic with an exotic retelling of "One Thousand and One Nights", a classic collection of Persian, Indian and Arabic folk tales. Doomed to be married to (and be slain by) a tyrannical ruler, the young maiden, Scheherazade, must spin a new enthralling story each night to postpone her fate. This piece is filled with humor, romance and music, and contains a wonderful lesson on the power of storytelling. [Contains adult themes]
How I Learned to Drive
An adult drama by Paula Vogel
March 7, 8, 13, 14, & 15 at 7:30 p.m.
March 14 at 10 a.m.; March 16 at 2 p.m.
This Pulitzer Prize-winning memory play, by Paula Vogel is at once funny, disturbing and poetic. A young woman looks back on her pre-pubescence, with frankness and humor. As she was called then, Li'l Bit recalls sweet remembrances of driving with her uncle intermingled with an inappropriate sexual relationship. For adult audiences, this story is a remarkably humane and surprisingly humorous reflection on family dysfunction. [For mature audiences.]
Taming of the Shrew
A classic comedy by William Shakespeare
May 2, 3, 8, 9, & 10 at 7:30 p.m.
May 9 at 10 a.m.; May 11 at 2:00 p.m.
This is William Shakespeare's famous and funny battle of the sexes, which was adapted into the popular musical "Kiss Me Kate." This story centers on Katharina, Kate for short, the elder daughter of a wealthy merchant who is eager to marry off both his daughters. No man seems to be a match for Kate, earning her the title "shrew"; that is until Petruchio, who has come to "wive and thrive" arrives in Padua.
But who will tame whom?
Freestaged-reading of today’s most important new plays.
All FreshINK Productions are Free (donations gratefully accepted.)
Performances to take place in the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities Studio A
Mary Dolly Kyrie
by UW-P Alumnus Peter Komistra
Sept. 27 & 28 at 7:30 pm & Sept. 29 at 2:00 pm
This mysterious exploration of shame and the unknown is by UW-Parkside (and School of the Art Institute of Chicago) graduate, Peter Komistra. This piece was commissioned specifically for the FreshINK series.
After The Revolution
by Amy Herzog
Nov. 1 & 2 at 7:30 pm & Nov. 3 at 2:00 pm
The Joseph family is forced to confront questions of honesty and allegiance after history reveals a shocking truth about a revered family member in this new drama.
Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them
by Christopher Durang
Feb. 21 & 22 at 7:30 pm & Nov. 3 at 2:00 pm
By the author of "Beyond Therapy" and "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike", this disturbing and hilarious, new black comedy pokes fun at violence, masculinity, and America's national "insecurity".