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Bethlehem, Pa., September 27, 2013—The Moravian College Theatre Company (MCTC) will present eight productions (including a Friday night play reading series) and two workshops, in what will be an entertaining and educational year of performances during the 2013-14 season.
Moravian College kicks off the theater season with “Sketches,” one of the three student-directed projects premiering this year. This performance will feature student works-in-progress, including scenes and songs written by Moravian students. Sketches will run October 17-20, at 8 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday in the Arena Theatre.
The season continues with “Proof” by David Auburn, running Thursday through Saturday, November 7-9, at 8 p.m., and on Sunday, November 10, at 2 p.m. in the Arena Theatre. This Pulitzer Prize winner explores the very fine line between genius and madness as the daughter of a recently deceased “mad-genius” faces coping with her father’s death as well as demons of her own.
MCTC kicked off its Friday Night Play Reading Series last week with an interpretation of Tim Rice’s “Jesus Christ Superstar.” This reading and discussion gave the audience an early preview before the full production in April. Next in the series is the second student-directed project, a reading of Jean-Paul Sartre’s “Dirty Hands” (“Les Mains Sales”) on Friday, January 31 at 8 p.m. This existentialist political play explores the motivation of an assassin in World War II. This reading will wrestle with the questions posed by this rarely performed dramatic work.
Closing out the Friday Night Play Reading Series is Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” originally a novella by Robert Louis Stevenson. Join MCTC for this reading on Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m. as they further explore the connection between Dr. Henry Jekyll, a respected physician and pillar of Victorian society, and the loathsome, irredeemably evil Edward Hyde.
The Moravian College Theatre Company will start the spring semester with a production of John Buffalo Mailer’s “Hello Herman,” running Thursday through Saturday, February 13-15, at 8 p.m., and on Sunday, February 16, at 2 p.m. in the Arena Theatre. Bill Bauman will return to MCTC after directing “The Laramie Project” in the 2007-08 season to direct this compelling drama that focuses on issues of bullying, school violence, media, and the state of our youth today.
“Issues like school violence and bullying need to be explored if we are going to understand and address them. Theatre can help us with that. The trouble is, people don't really want to do the hard work of exploration,” said Christopher Shorr, director of theatre at Moravian. “But here at Moravian, we are part of a community that values substantive engagement, open dialogue, grappling with serious issues in meaningful ways. Thank goodness for the environment of a liberal arts college campus—there aren't many places left in our society where this kind of dialogue can take place.”
The spring season continues with the 2014 Student Cabaret running Thursday through Saturday, March 13-15, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 16, at 2 p.m. in the Arena Theatre. This annual production is a celebration of Moravian students; this entirely student-run and student-performed show features singing, dancing, and more.
The last production of the season is Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” running two shows only, Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 at 8 p.m. in Foy Hall. Jesus Christ Superstar will be a co-production of The Moravian College Theatre Company and The Moravian College Choir. “It will be massive—a full band, a dozen principal actors, and a chorus of about eighty people,” said Shorr. This full scale, iconic rock opera tells of the last days of Jesus of Nazareth and will close out the 2013-2014 season.
“For me, the name of the game is opportunities. With so many projects, we have terrific hands-on learning experiences for student actors, singers, dancers, writers, directors, designers and technicians,” Shorr said. “This is a big, busy season. I expect about two hundred students to be involved in theatre at Moravian this year.”
Tickets are $15 general admission; $10 student/seniors; $5 Moravian College faculty/staff; and $3 Moravian College students and 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 610-861-1489 extension 3 or visit www.moravian.edu/theatre. 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 Christopher Shorr at 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. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s website at www.moravian.edu.