Season 2005-2006

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Our Town

Written by Thornton Wilder
Directed by James J. Christy
September 27 - October, 2005

“Our Town reaches into the past of America and evokes movingly a way of life which is lost in our present turmoil.”
–The New York Times

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town, an American theatrical treasure, explores the poignancy of everyday life in a quiet New England village in the early years of the 20th century. We watch as next-door neighbors George Gibbs and Emily Webb grow up, fall in love with each other, and get married, along the way experiencing sorrow and joy, love and loss. A timeless story from a simpler era, Our Town never lets us forget that life is a precious gift to be savored and appreciated. More Information...

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Written by Michael Hollinger
Directed by Harriet Power
November 15-20, 2005 & November 29-December 4, 2005

“A farcical romp, scintillating and irreverent."
—Philadelphia Weekly

In this dark comedy about the Dark Ages, the good brothers of a down-on-its-luck monastery in Priseaux, France, are getting desperate: The river flooded again last week, the chandler's shop jut burned to the ground, nobody's heard of the wheelbarrow yet, and the abbey's patron saint hasn't produced a miracle in 13 years. All seems lost until the destitute monks cross paths with a one-eyed traveling minstrel who teaches them an outrageous new way to pay off old debts. Don't miss this clever comedy written by Michael Hollinger, Villanova's resident playwriting professor.  More Information...

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Prayers of Sherkin

Written by Sebastian Barry
Directed by James J. Christy
February 7-19, 2006

“This lyrical exploration of a tiny Irish community has genuine charm and considerable integrity.” –London Theatre Guide

The internationally-acclaimed poet, novelist, and playwright Sebastian Barry will spend a semester in residence in the Irish Studies program and work with Villanova Theatre on the staging of Prayers of Sherkin. In this haunting play about a Shaker-like community living in isolation off the coast of Ireland, a young woman from the island falls in love with a shy lithographer from Cork, and must choose between her traditional life on Sherkin Island or a new life - and marriage - on the mainland. More Information...

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Music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann
Book and lyrics by Greg Kotis
Directed by Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A.
March 21-April 9, 2006

“Audacious and exhilarating! Urinetown remains a sensational piece of performance art, one that acknowledges theatre tradition and pushes it forward as well.” –The New York Times

It is the future and a drought of epic proportions has forced corrupt city officials to come up with a unique way to conserve water: people may only use public restrooms and they have to pay for the privilege. Fed-up citizens take to the streets, but those caught relieving themselves in the bushes are sent to the mysterious Urinetown, never to be heard from again. Grungy, grubby, and gleefully irreverent, this laugh-out-loud, Tony Award-winning musical pokes fun at everything in its path while paying homage to the best of Broadway. More Information...

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Production Crew
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