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Moravian College Theatre


History of Theatre at Moravian

In 1908, in order to raise funds for their baseball and basketball teams, the young men of Moravian College organized themselves as the "Footlights Club" and presented a play, The Flower of the Family, in the auditorium of the Seminary and College for Women on Church Street. The play was warmly received, and a repeat performance was offered at Lititz, Pennsylvania.

In 1928, members of the club were joined by young women from the Expression Department of the College for Women. Among the early joint productions was The Queen's Husband by Robert Sherwood. Productions continued at both institutions through the 1930s and 40s. In 1950, recognizing that footlights were no longer used in theatres, the club changed its name to The Blackfriars, under the direction of Professor Edward Kubach.

On the women's campus, the theatre group was known as The Players during the 1920s and 30s, and graduates were grouped as The Metpothalians. In 1939, The Players became The Little Theatre Group and presented Jane Austin's Pride and Predudice and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. In 1942, both women's groups participated in a pageant marking the 200th anniversary of the Seminary and College for Women.

In 1955, the men's and women's theatre organization combined, following the merger of the two institutions, and retained the name Blackfriars. Professor Stefan George directed the Blackfriars in those years, as did Walter Beaupre, Robert Burcaw, and Eugene Jacobsen.

When Jack Ramsey assumed direction of the theatre efforts at Moravian in 1970, he brought with him the view that in the course of four years a student should be presented with a broad sampling of major periods and forms of theater. Productions have ranged from Greek tragedy to black comedy; from farce and musical comedy to Shakespeare; from Feydeau to The Fantasticks. Summer Dinner Theatre was introduced, as were children's theatre and student-directed productions. In 1981, with the opening of the Arena Theatre, the Blackfriars gave way to the Moravian College Theater Company, which continues to thrive.

Now, over one hundred years old and under the direction of Christopher Shorr, Theatre at Moravian College has expanded to include opportunities for students to major or minor in Theatre, to work with the community on large scale theatre projects, and to bridge to the profession with the College's affiliated professional ensemble company Touchstone Theatre. Moravian is building new traditions in a second century--a standard-bearer for a College tradition in drama.

Production Lists

MCTC History - 1970's Productions

1970-71
  • Euripides' Hippolytus
  • Wycherly'sThe Country Wife
1971-72
  • Claudel's The Tidings Brought to Mary
  • Gary's The Hobbit (Mary Van-Lanning - student)
1972-73
  • Machiavelli's The Mandrake
  • Frings' Look Homeward Angel
  • Harris's Once Upon A Clothesline (Beverly Frederick)
  • Williams'Orpheus Descending
  • Williams' Summer and Smoke (Madeleine Ramsey)
1973-74
  • von Hofmannsthal's Electra and Death and the Fool
  • Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
  • Harris's Seven-League Boots (William F. Bauman – student)
  • Pinter's Sketches and Revues
  • Johnson's Dirty Work at the Crossroads
1974-75
  • Moliere'sTartuffe
  • Hrothsvitha's Paphnutius and Dulcitiu
  • Fauquet's Reynard the Fox (Carol Brown – student)
  • Feiffer's Feiffer's People
  • Taggart's Deadwood Dick
1975-76
  • Anouilh's Waltz of the Toreadors
  • Gibson's The Miracle Worker
  • Albee's Box and The American Dream (Student)
  • Kopit's Chamber Music (Janice Pope – student)
  • Excerpts from Thurber Carnival
  • Feydeau's The Lady from Maxim's
1976-77
  • Kao-Tong-Kia's Lute Song
  • Lauck's Marmalade Gumdrops (Janice Pope – student)
  • Congreve's Love for Love
  • Devine and Montgomery's The Amorous Flea
1977-78
  • Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well
  • Feiffer's Hold Me!
  • Simon's The Good Doctor (Janice Pope – student)
1978-79
  • Wilson's The Boyfriend
  • Harris' Androcles and the Lion
  • Kaiser's The Burghers of Calais (Becky Parker – Honors Project)
  • Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest

 

MCTC History - 1980's Productions

1979-80
  • Goodrich & Hackett's The Dairy of Anne Frank
  • Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Taggart's Lily, the Felon's Daughter
1980-81
  • Capote's The Grass Harp
  • Aidman's/Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology
  • Boland & King’s Elementary, My Dear (Mary Mumper – student)
  • Coward's Blithe Spirit
1981-82
  • Jones and Schmidt's The Fantasticks (Janice Pope)
  • Inge's The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
  • Euripides' Ion
  • Christie's The Mousetrap (Madeleine Ramsey)
  • Rodgers & Charnin's Two by Two
1982-83
  • Wycherly's The Country Wife
  • Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Madeleine Ramsey)
  • Hart's Light up the Sky
  • Wise & Bimonte's Yankee Ingenuity
1983-84
  • Inge's Bus Stop
  • Gurney, Jr.'s The Dining Room (Madeleine Ramsey)
  • Ayer, Wilder, & Sundgaard's Nobody's Earnest
  • Coward's Hay Fever
1984-85
  • Friel's Lovers (Madeleine & Jack Ramsey)
  • Moss's The Folding Green
  • Stitt's The Runner Stumbles
  • Shevelove & Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Madeleine & Jack Ramsey)
1985-86
  • Pielmeier's Agnes of God
  • Johnson's Dirty Work at the Crossroads
  • Greth's Windfall Apples
  • Coward's Private Lives
1986-87
  • A Feydeau Festival: "Ladies Man," "The Boor Hug," & "Going to Pot"
  • Anouilh's Antigone
  • Shaffer's Five Finger Exercise (William F. Bauman)
1987-88
  • Llyod's & Van Druten's The Damask Check
  • Plautus's The Rope
  • Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba
  • Simon's The Good Doctor
1988-89
  • Barry's The Philadelphia Story
  • Caruso & Curnow’s Vaudeville Tonight ( William F. Bauman)
  • Hellman's The Little Foxes
  • Feydeau's A Flea in Her Ear (2nd Act -Janice Pope)

MCTC History - 1990's Productions

1989-90
  • Hart & Kaufman's You Can't Take it With You
  • T. Williams’ Evening of One Acts: 
    "27 Wagons Full of Cotton" (Jack Ramsey)
    "Portrait of Madonna" (William F. Bauman)
    “This Property Is Condemned” 
    “The Case of the Crushed Petunias”
    “Lord Byron’s Love Letter” (Thyra Hartshorn – student)
  • Miller's All My Sons
  • Feydeau's The Pregnant Pause
1990-91
  • Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler
  • Gurney’s Another Antigone (Thyra Hartshorn – Honors Project)
  • Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
1991-92
  • Frings' Look Homeward, Angel
  • Sophocles' Electra
  • Machiavelli's The Mandrake
1992-93
  • Powers, Quinn & Jan's Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up
  • Robinson's Drama at Inish or Is Life Worth Living
  • Barton's The Hollow Crown
1993-94
  • Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing
  • Tompson, Kander, & Ebb's Flora, The Red Menace
  • Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest
1994-95
  • Moliere's The Miser
  • Bennett's Habeas Corpus
  • Masterof, Kander & Ebb's Cabaret (Joseph Shosh)
1995-96
  • William's Summer and Smoke
  • Goldoni's Servant of Two Masters
  • Hamilton's Angel Street
  • Kaufman's Arsenic and Old Lace
1996-97
  • Pickering's Some Canterbury Tales (William F. Bauman)
  • C.P. Taylor's And A Nightingale Sang
  • Anouilh's Waltz of the Toreadors
  • Pirandello’s Six Characters..... (Stephen Cook – Honors Project)
1997-98
  • Moliere's Tartuffe
  • Goldemberg's Letters Home
  • Evans, Valentine & Ayckbourn's Tons of Money
1998-99
  • O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock
  • Michael Hollinger Incorruptible (William F. Bauman)

MCTC History - 2000's Productions

1999-00
  • Sophocles' Antigone
  • Sterling's The Ugly Duckling
2000-01
  • Alcott's Little Women
  • Williams's The Glass Menagerie
  • Williams's Suddenly Last Summer (William F. Bauman)
2001-02
  • Denise Dugan's Daisy Pulls It Off
  • Julie Jensen's Last Lists of My Mad Mother
2002-03
  • Fulghum's All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
  • Gian Carlo Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief
  • Laurie Brooks' The Wrestling Season (Charlie DelMarcelle)
2003-04
  • Wilder's Our Town
  • Emily Ralph's Aliya
  • Philip King's See How They Run
2004-05
  • Kanins' Rashomon
  • Gressieker's Royal Gambit
  • Gurney, Jr.'s What I Did Last Summer (William F. Bauman)
2005-06
  • Ibsen's Ghosts
  • Stevens' The Sum of Us (William F. Bauman)
  • Goggins' Nunsense
2006-07
  • Goodrich's The Diary of Anne Frank
  • Harling's Steel Magnolias
2007-08
  • Jones' and Schmidt's The Fantasticks
  • Kaufman's The Laramie Project
2008-09
  • Transdition—An original, devised theatre piece created by the Moravian College Theatre Company
  • Growing Up Naked, by Richard M. Barbie
  • Seneca’s Oedipus
  • Student Directed One Act Plays:  The Laundromat, by Marsha Norman; Adam and Eve on a Ferry, by Tennessee Williams; Who’s on First, by Harold J. Gilles

MCTC History - 2010's Productions

2009-10
  • Betty's Summer Vacation" by Christopher Durang
  • "The Fountain of Fair Fortune" by Lena Gabrielle
  • "Waiting For Godot" by Samuel Beckett
  • "The Clean House" by Sarah Ruhl
  • "Clytemnestra's Daughters" (Reading) by Christopher Shorr
  • "2010 Student Cabaret"
2010-11
  • "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" By Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen
  • "The Whitman Piece" a world premiere co-production with Touchstone Theatre by Bill George
  • "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead" (Reading) by Bert V. Royal
  • "Escape" (Reading) by Gao Xingjian
  • "Frankly" (Reading) by Alanah Cervantes
  • "2011 Student Cabaret"
2011-12
  • "The Real Book of Gig" a world premiere Jazz Opera by Lou Lanza and Tony Gairo
  • "Frankly" a world premiere musical by Alanah Cervantes
  • "A Resting Place" a world premiere co-production with Touchstone Theatre by Alison Carey
  • "Tooth and Claw" (Reading) by Michael Hollinger
  • "Good People" (Reading) by David Lindsay-Abaire
  • "All in the Timing" (Reading) by David Ives
  • "Disco Pigs" (Reading) by Enda Walsh
  • "2012 Student Cabaret"
2012-13
  • "Cravings" a guest performance by Belle Linda Halpern
  • "Faust in France" by Christopher Shorr
  • "The Memorandum" by Vaclav Havel
  • "2013 Student Cabaret"
  • "Mrs. Warren's Profession" (reading) by George Bernard Shaw
  • "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" (reading) by Neil Simon
  • "The Importance of Being Earnest" (reading) by Oscar Wilde
2013-14
  • "Sketches" student works-in-progress
  • "Proof" by David Auburn
  • "Hello Herman" by John Buffalo Mailer
  • "Jesus Christ Superstar" by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, co-produced with the Moravian College Choir
  • "Interpreting Superstar" (reading and discussion)
  • "Dirty Hands" by Jean-Paul Sartre
  • "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Jeffrey Hatcher
2014-15
  • "Superstory" a world premiere musical by Thom Eiser
  • "Henry V" (reading) by William Shakespeare
  • "Death of a Salesman" (reading) by Arthur Miller
  • "Journey from the East" a world premiere co-production with Touchstone Theatre by Bill George and Christopher Shorr
2015-16
  • The Real Inspector Hound (reading) by Tom Stoppard
  • A Streetcar Named Desire (reading) by Tennessee Williams  
  • Exhibit A (World Premiere) by Christopher Shorr and Sam Weinberg  
  • The Unfinished Work of Trevor Davis (reading) A New Musical by Brian Strohmetz  
  • The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel