Villanova Theatre is delighted to launch its 2010-2011 season with the evocative contemporary drama Three Days of Rain by Richard Greenberg. The Pulitzer Prize-nominated play gradually illuminates a family?s secrets, with an elegance that spurred the New York Times to praise it as ?a subtle and absorbing generational drama.? Theatre professor Rev. David Cregan, O.S.A. will make his Villanova Theatre mainstage directorial debut, with an award-winning creative team that includes Parris Bradley (set), Charlotte Cloe Fox Wind (costumes), Jerold R. Forsyth (lighting), and John Stovicek (sound). Three Days of Rain will be on stage September 21- October 3, 2010.
Villanova Theatre is located in Vasey Hall on the Villanova University campus. Performances will be held at 8:00pm on Tuesday ? Saturday and at 2:00pm on Sundays. Tickets cost $21-$25, with discounts available for seniors, students, and groups, and may be ordered through the Villanova Theatre Box Office at (610) 519-7474 or online at www.theatre.villanova.edu.
Two different periods intertwine in this captivating play by the Tony Award-winning author of Take Me Out. In 1960, a pair of brilliant young architects designed the groundbreaking house that launched their careers and changed the face of contemporary architecture. Three decades later, their children gather to sort out the contents of two documents: the will that determines who will inherit the legendary house, and a diary whose cryptic entries barely hint at the fathers? conflicting artistic and personal passions.
Part of the play?s appeal is its provocative exploration of family dynamics that feel both genuine and universal. According to the director, Fr. Cregan.: ?It is a fact of life that while we choose our friends we do not choose our family. This is a play that contains all of the unconditional qualities of what it means to be a part of such a family while honestly grappling with the struggles to like those who we are compelled to love. Three Days of Rain gives us a glimpse of the hidden lives of our parents? youth; a thought-provoking journey in which the next generation struggles to let go of the sins of the past.?
Audiences will recognize acting scholar Tim Rinehart as Pip/Theo from his appearances last season as Orlando in As You Like It and Frank Butler in Annie Get Your Gun. New to Villanova?s M.A. program in theatre are acting scholar Felicia Leicht as Nan/Lina and Dan Ciba as Walker/Ned. All three actors face the unique challenge of establishing one character in Act One, then embodying a separate but related character in Act Two.
David Cregan O.S.A., Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Theatre department and also teaches in the department of English. He spent four years working as a professional actor in New York City, during which time he did three tours (one in Europe), an off-Broadway production with the Light Opera of Manhattan, and various regional work around the country. Fr. Cregan earned his doctorate from the Samuel Beckett School of Drama at Trinity College in Ireland. He also has an M.A. in Irish Studies from the Catholic University of America, an M.Phil. in Irish Theatre and Film from Trinity, and an M.Div. from the Washington Theological Union. His research is largely in the area of contemporary Irish theatre and Irish paradigms of dramatic performance. He has a forthcoming book to be published in 2010 by Peter Lang on the plays of Frank McGuiness. He has also published articles in Modern Drama (Winter 2004), and Australasian Drama Studies (October 2003), as well as in New Voices in Irish Criticism 5. His essays have been published in several books, including a chapter on the Irish author Sebastian Barry in Out of History; on the American character in Irish drama in We Will Be Citizens; and on Pilgrimage as Performance in Crossroads: Performance Studies and Irish Culture. He has forthcoming articles on Brian Friel and Masculinity (Peter Lang), Ireland and Memory (Syracuse), and a piece on Frank McGuinness in the Spring 2010 edition of the Irish University Review. David?s first book, Deviant Acts, on gender and marginal performances in Ireland, was published this year by Carysfort Press. David began the Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium at Villanova University through which he has created opportunities for new scholars to present and publish their work in the areas of theatre and performance. He is a theatre critic for Philadelphia Magazine and a certified yoga teacher and also directs and performs at Villanova University.
The Villanova University Theatre Department came into being in 1958 under the leadership of Dr. Dick Duprey. Today, Villanova?s Theatre Department offers both a Master of Arts degree and a Graduate Certificate in Practical Theatre. Students enrolled in the theatre program undergo a course of study that combines both scholarly and practical approaches to theatre. Guided by award-winning faculty and staff who are actively involved in the region?s proffessional theatre industry, students gain knowledge and experience through hands-on production work and in-depth academic study in the areas of dramaturgy, script analysis, dramatic literature, playwriting, acting, and directing. Three Days of Rain will be on stage September 21- October 3, 2010. Show times are 8:00pm Tuesday ? Saturday and 2:00pm Sunday. Tickets cost $21-$25 and may be ordered by calling the Villanova Theatre Box Office at (610) 519-7474 or online at www.theatre.villanova.edu.
WHAT: Three Days of Rain
WHERE: Villanova Theatre, Vasey Hall, Lancaster & Ithan Avenues, Villanova, Pennsylvania
WHEN: September 21- October 3, 2010
Preview: Tuesday, September 21, at 8:00pm
Opening: Wednesday, September 22, at 8:00pm
Performs Tuesday-Saturday at 8:00pm; Sunday at 2:00pm
TICKET PRICES: $21.00 Tuesday Preview
$25.00 Friday/Saturday evening/Sunday
CAST: Daniel Ciba....Walker/Ned
WRITTEN BY: Richard Greenberg
DIRECTED BY: Fr. David Cregan, O.S.A.
SCENIC DESIGN: Parris Bradley
COSTUME DESIGN: Charlotte Cloe Fox Wind
LIGHTING DESIGN: Jerold R. Forsyth
SOUND DESIGN: John Stovicek
DRAMATURG: Heather Lucas
VOCAL COACH: Neill Hartley
TICKETS: (610) 519-7474
SPECIAL PERFORMANCES: Speaker's Night: Thursday, Sept. 29th Patrons are invited to attend a lively post-show discussion with the director, dramaturg, and guest speaker Gaynor Strickler, Assistant Professor of Sociology. Dr. Strickler will discuss the sociology of the family as it relates to the relationship dynamics in Three Days of Rain.