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Theatre

Moravian College Theatre


2019-20 Season

The plays in the 2019-20 season depict a range of human struggles, using a variety of approaches. On stage you will see characters wrestling with personal relationships, leadership, and religion; with the past, present and future; with politics, environmental pollution and corruption; and with the unyielding pressure of daily life in a complex world. The plays employ comedy, music and drama to address these various issues. The Theatre Company will also use different approaches to producing these plays.  In the Fall, there will be a staged reading of a contemporary play, a devised project to create something brand new, and workshop production of perennial favorite.  Then, in the Spring, we will present two full productions of classic dramas that that speak to our world today, one in a contemporary adaptation. The Moravian College Theatre Company invites you to come along for the journey.


September 20
Friday at 8PM

Holy Laughter

By Catherine Trieschmann 
Directed by Isaac Weston  
Part of the Friday Night Play Reading Series

Welcome to St. Michael's: An episcopal church losing money and members by the day. Join newly appointed priest Abigail as she deals with her unruly congregation, drinks wine, doubts God, and watches random objects fall from the sky. This religious dramedy deals with issues of practicality and idealism, rubber fish and pyramid schemes, and the hardest thing of all: loving one another.

VENUE: Arena Theatre  
FREE EVENT


September 27
Friday at 8PM

Teatr Brama Presentation  

Visiting artists from the Polish theatre company Teatr Brama will share work related to Moravian’s InFocus theme of Poverty and Inequality. Members of the company will be artists in residence for three weeks in the Fall.  This presentation is an opportunity for the community to experience Brama’s work and begin a year-long investigation of this important theme.  

VENUE: Prosser Auditorium  
FREE EVENT


September 28
Saturday 1-5PM  

Workshop with Teatr Brama  

Learn performance-making and devising techniques from artists in residence from Polish theatre company Teatr Brama.

VENUE: Arena Theatre
FREE EVENT (Participants must request a spot by emailing shorrc@moravian.edu)


October 10-11
Thursday & Friday at 6PM

Beyond Utopia

A new creation
Directed by Teatr Brama  

Visiting Polish company Teatr Brama leads Moravian College undergraduate students as well as graduate students from the new Moravian/Touchstone MFA program in Performance Creation in an original work developed for “Festival Unbound.” The performance will explore the theme of inequality in pursuit of a new vision for Bethlehem's future.

VENUE: Bethlehem Area Public Library, 11 W Church St., Bethlehem  
PRICE:  Pay What You Will: Suggested Donation $10 adults / $5 students and seniors


November 15-18
Thursday, Friday Saturday at 8PM with matinee Sunday at 2PM  

DOG SEES GOD: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

by Bert V. Royal  
Directed by Corinne Philbin

When CB's dog dies from rabies, he begins to question the existence of an afterlife but his friends and family are no help. Between a stoner who misses his blanket, to a sister who has an identity crisis every week, to an ex-girlfriend who is institutionalized, CB struggles to find comfort or relief, much less a real friend in the midst of high school chaos. But will a shy artistic pianist be his answer to figuring out his identity, and the meaning of life? Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion, and sexual identity are the heavy topics to be confessed and satirized in this play based loosely on Charles Schultz’s Peanuts characters.

VENUE: Arena Theatre


February 13-16
Thursday, Friday Saturday at 8PM with matinee Sunday at 2PM  

Henrik Ibsen’s  

An Enemy of The People  

A new version by Brad Birch
Directed by Christopher Shorr  

A taut and rigorous adaptation of Ibsen’s classic, the play examines the faultlines of municipal power as media, politics and the public goodcome head to head in a thrilling drama of the conflict between the personal and the public.

VENUE: Arena Theatre


March 26-29
Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8PM, and Sunday at 2PM

Machinal

By Sophie Treadwell  
Directed by Corinne Philbin

Feeling trapped by the mechanical motions of her daily life, a young woman takes it upon herself to break the cycle, through any means possible. A forced marriage, a controlling mother, an affair with a mysterious man, and an unwanted child combine to push her to her breaking point and a tragic result.   This play presents a highly stylized and thrilling portrait of 1920s life, and a brutal examination of the ways in which society can provoke a woman’s self-destruction.  

VENUE: Arena Theatre


***Moravian's Arena Theatre now includes a wheelchair accessible viewing area.***

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the event sponsor (cshorr@moravian.edu), or call 610-861-1489.