Season 2001-2002

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Riders to the Sea and The Dreaming of the Bones

Riders to the Sea
By John Millington Synge
The Dreaming of the Bones
By William Butler Yeats
Directed by James J. Christy October
2-7 & 9-14, 2001

John Millington Synge's Riders to the Sea spins a powerful tale of a peasant family struggling with loneliness and loss on a desolate island off the west coast of Ireland. As a mother sends her youngest son on a trip to sell the family horses, she has an eerie vision of his older brother who has been missing at sea. This classic play will be presented with a rare staging of William Butler Yeats' The Dreaming of the Bones. In this mystical verse drama, an Irish revolutionary fleeing arrest meets two restless ghosts who guide him to a safe haven while telling him their haunting story through traditional Celtic music and dance. More Information...

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Waiting for Godot

By Samuel Beckett
Directed by Joanna Rotté
November 13-18 & November 27-December 2, 2001

A country road. A tree. Evening. Two tramps waiting for the elusive Godot. Thus begins - and ends - Samuel Beckett's enduring theatrical masterpiece, Waiting for Godot. The sometimes amusing, always poignant vagrants, Estragon and Vladimir, play games, bicker, ponder, and cling to one another in an effort to get through the waiting for the waiting to end. Beckett brings his brilliant wit, unique understanding, and clarity of thought to the challenges Estragon, Vladimir, and all of us face as we fill up the time waiting for...salvation. More Information...

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By Molière
Translated into English verse by Richard Wilbur
Directed by Whit MacLaughlin
February 19-24 & February 26- March 3, 2002

In this hilarious comedy from the master of French farce, a slippery con man named Tartuffe has set his sights on the unsuspecting Orgon, a rich, sanctimonious fool who has embraced a pious life in his middle-age. The wily Tartuffe, posing as a devout man, dupes Orgon and sets out to seduce his wife, marry his daughter, and run off with the deed to his estate. A mercilessly funny satire that skewers religious hypocrisy and greed, Tartuffe remains as relevant today as when it was first written more than 300 years ago. More Information...

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Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Based on the play "Chicago"
By Maurine Dallas Watkins Directed by Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A.
April 9-28, 2002

The season ends with the snap and sizzle of the Tony Award-winning musical Chicago. With music and lyrics by Broadway legends Kander & Ebb, and choreographed in the quintessential Bob Fosse style, Chicago spins the deliciously sordid tale of two scheming women whose crimes of passion land them in jail - and on the front pages after they hook up with a shrewd lawyer who knows just how to parlay their infamy into fame. With its biting social commentary and distinctly vaudeville flair, Chicago is set against an irresistible backdrop of a 1920's roaring with hot jazz, good times, and loads of wicked fun! More Information...

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Production Crew
We need volunteer crew members to help build sets, hang lights, and sew costumes. This is a great way to experience theatre "behind the scenes" and meet new people. Please contact Business/Production Manager Elisa Loprete Hibbs at 610-519-4897 to volunteer for production crew.

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