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Bethlehem, Pa., September 13, 2011--This year, The Moravian College Theatre Company (MCTC) presents an action-packed season featuring three world premieres, five play readings, a student cabaret, a guest performance, and a workshop. MCTC will start the season off with a reading of “A Resting Place,” a community-based play written by the renowned California-based playwright Alison Carey. The plot centers on the individual stories of those who lived and died during the rough days of the Civil War. The first reading of this original piece will be held on September 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Touchstone Theatre.
Next in the Friday Night Play Reading Series, MCTC presents a reading of the “Tooth and Claw” by Michael Hollinger. This thought-provoking thriller explores evolution, extinction, and the nature of Charles Darwin’s “struggle for life.” This complex suspense will be held in Moravian College’s Arena Theatre on September 30 at 8:00 p.m.
The reading series continues with a reading of “Good People” by David Lindsay-Abaire. Bill Bauman will direct this humorous drama that depicts the reuniting of a working class single mom with an old fling who might just be the hand she needs to get back on her feet. Join MCTC at Moravian College’s Arena Theatre at 8:00 p.m. on October 14 for this entertaining performance.
MCTC caps the fall reading series with a reading of David Ives’ “All in the Timing” directed by Dan Marrero. This whimsical comedy is comprised of four short plays all featuring twisted moments -- including ice pick phobias, Shakespeare-writing monkeys, and more monkeys. The reading will be held in Moravian College’s Arena Theatre on October 28 at 8:00 p.m.
On November 11-12, MCTC presents the world premiere of the tragic jazz opera, “The Real Book of Gig,” a co-production of the Moravian College Music Department’s Jazz Program and MCTC.
The opera, written by Tony Gairo and Lou Lanza, tells the story of Gig Wright, a talented jazz musician whose life begins to crumble when his wife, the love of his life, takes her own life, leaving him with two children, intense grief, and a stressing music career. Gig’s overwhelming heartache paired with the love and devotion he has for his children leads him to do the unthinkable. Tickets for this show are $15, $10 for students and senior citizens. Join the MCTC for the production of the world premiere of this opera at 8:00 p.m. at Moravian College’s Foy Hall.
MCTC concludes the fall season with a performance of “Killadelphia,” a gripping production written and performed by Sean Christopher Lewis on November 17 at 8:00 p.m. at Moravian College’s Arena Theatre. Lewis takes his audience into a unflinching look at the murder epidemic in the city of Philadelphia. Lewis’ piece delves into the effects violence has on the City of Brotherly Love and highlights the voices of prisoners, their victims, and citizens.
On November 19, two days after the performance of “Killadelphia,” playwright and performer Sean Christopher Lewis will lead a performance workshop for students in Moravian College’s Arena Theatre.
MCTC kicks off the spring season with another world premiere. “Frankly,” a student-written production by Alanah Cervantes explores the life of Frank Liston, a man who has it all. His glitzy life of luxury is shattered when he finds out his ex-girlfriend is pregnant with his child five minutes before the President gives an address announcing the end of the world. As Frank faces the end of the world, he realizes he has too much to be sorry for. This original musical will be held at Moravian College’s Arena Theatre from February 2-5.
MCTC will present the annual Student Cabaret directed by Jasmine Thomas from Thursday, February 23 to Sunday, February 26 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 Friday Night Reading Series concludes with a reading of “Disco Pigs,” by Enda Walsh and directed by Gina Ambrosino. The plot revolves around a pair of inseparable Irish teenagers, Pig and Runt, who have a violent clash after their 17th birthday when Runt realizes she wants something other than her violent friend. The reading will be held March 23 at Moravian College’s Arena Theatre at 8:00 p.m.
MCTC concludes the season and continues its partnership with Touchstone Theatre with the world premiere of Alison Carey’s “A Resting Place” directed by Christopher Shorr. In association with the Historic Bethlehem Partnership, Carey’s piece will help Bethlehem mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War by engaging the greater Bethlehem community and community-minded students.
Carey’s riveting piece depicts the mission of a loving mother who tries to memorialize the long-dead heroes of our nation’s bloodiest conflict. When the woman finds more than she had ever expected, Bethlehem’s present is pitted against its past as the gripping stories seep from the cemeteries. After 150 years, can the Civil War finally be put to rest? Join MCTC to explore this question and join in the season’s last production. “A Resting Place” will be held the weekend of April 12.
General admission tickets vary depending on the performance. Reduced rates are available for groups of 10 or more. The Arena Theater is located on the lower level of the Haupert Union Building on Moravian’s North Campus. For further information or ticket reservations, call 610-861-1489. For more information, visit: www.moravian.edu/theatre.
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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. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.