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Bethlehem, Pa., October 20, 2010—The Moravian College Theatre Company (MCTC), in partnership with Touchstone Theatre, will offer an array of performances during the year that include a workshop, four play readings, a student cabaret, and two full-scale theatre productions.
The season begins with a production of Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog starting Thursday, October 28, at 8 p.m. , followed by performances Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Arena Theater. Dr. Horrible tells the story of a would-be super villain as he battles his nemesis, Captain Hammer, to win the girl of his dreams in this musical comedy. This production is a live version of the internet cult sensation by the creator of “Buffy The Vampire Slayer.”
A workshop will focus on The Whitman Piece, a new play by Touchstone Theatre’s co-founder Bill George, directed by MCTC’s artistic director, Christopher Shorr. The workshop will be held November 3-7, 2010 in the Arena Theatre in lower level of Moravian’s Haupert Union Building. The director and playwright of the piece will be working together with students and actors to “test” scenes and hone material for the upcoming full-scale production performing later in the season. The audience will get a look into the inner workings of a play in development. The Whitman Piece appears three times throughout the season: first as a workshop, then as a reading, and again as MCTC’s final production. This piece is being developed at Touchstone Theatre to mark the company’s 30th Anniversary, and the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.
Also coming this season, MCTC will introduce its new Friday Night Play Reading Series, in which the company brings readings of new and intriguing plays, and invites the audience to stay after each reading for a discussion about the play. The plays will include adult content. The series begins. with Bert V. Royal’s provoking Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead on Friday, November, 12, at 8 p.m. Directed by MCTC’s Production Coordinator William Bauman, this is a play in which Charles Schultz’s “Peanuts” characters are now outrageous teenagers dealing with intense, modern problems.
Next in the series is a reading of Gao Xingjian’s Escape, on Friday, November 19, at 8 p.m. Directed by Christopher Shorr, it is part of Moravian College’s year-long “China Focus.” This play centers around three people hiding in a warehouse from the army after fleeing the Tiananmen Square massacre.
The Whitman Piece returns as a full script, and is the third reading in the series on Friday, January 19 at 8 p.m. Christopher Shorr directs this reading, which will take place at Touchstone Theatre on the south side of Bethlehem.
Closing the Friday Night Play Reading Series the new musical Frankly, on Friday, February 4, at 8 p.m. in the Arena Theatre. Written and directed by Moravian College Junior, Alanah Cervantes, the story revolves around the end of the world in seventy-four hours, and Frank Liston who has too much to be sorry for.
The Moravian College Theatre Company will present a Student Cabaret from Thursday, February 24 to Sunday, February 27 in the Arena Theater. All shows will be at 8:00 p.m. except Sunday’s, which will be a 2:00 p.m. matinee. The Cabaret is student initiated, directed, acted, designed and produced. The admission is free, but donations will be accepted and given to charity.
The last production of the season is a full scale production of The Whitman Piece, performing at The Ice House on Sand Island on April 7-10, 2011. The Whitman Piece will be a result of active work-shopping and revision throughout the season. The issues that threaten the characters in the play mirror the issues that were tearing the country apart 150 years ago. Featuring a combined cast of Moravian College students and members of Touchstone Theatre company, The Whitman Piece is co-produced by MCTC and Touchstone Theatre. Tickets for this show are $25, $15 for students and senior citizens.
At Moravian College, students learn theatre by doing it. MCTC’s Artistic Director, Christopher Shorr, explains, “This season, through our play reading series and our play workshop, we’ve built in more opportunities for the audience to get a deeper understanding of the art of theatre. Theatre is a wonderful vehicle to learn about the world and about yourself.”
Tickets can be purchased online at www.lvartsboxoffice.org, or at the door if available. For more information about show times, auditions, or for directions to performance locations, call 6108611489ext3 or visit www. moravian.edu/theatre and www.touchstone.org.
Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone who anticipates needing any type of accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided should contact Kathi Roman at Katro@moravian.edu or 610 625-7880.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.