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Theatre

Moravian College Theatre


2017-18 Season

WELCOME to a season that celebrates the magic of theatre.  Our season is studded with comedy, clowns and music.  It includes classics from Shakespeare, Brecht and Pinter. Three of our shows will be fully produced, while three will be script-in-hand readings. Join us for all six performances plus two workshops led by visiting artists. We invite you to get involved with the theatre company—ask about auditions or let us know if you would like to help backstage!


Friday, September 22 at 8PM  

Circle Mirror Transformation

By Annie Baker  
Directed by Kayleigh Ficarra  

Part of the Friday Night Play Reading Series

Four people enroll in a drama class at a local community center. Led by the free-spirited Marty, they engage in acting exercises and games that initially seem absurd, but soon begin to reflect the drama among the group.

Venue: THE ARENA THEATRE
Ticket prices: FREE EVENT


Saturday, September 30, 1-5PM  

Workshop with Almanac Circus Theatre

Improvisation techniques  

Venue: THE ARENA THEATRE  
Ticket prices: FREE EVENT, but participants must request a spot by emailing shorrc@moravian.edu


October 19-22
Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8PM; Sunday at 2PM  

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

By Bertolt Brecht  
Directed by Christopher Shorr  

A chilling clown show set in Chicago in the 1930’s.  A bit of music, a bit of blood.  A two-bit thug from New York takes advantage of hard times, and weasels his way into politics.  The more he gets, the more he wants.  After watching Germans acquiesce to Hitler’s rise, Brecht wrote this play for an American audience as a warning about the ongoing threat of fascism, and the danger of complacency.  

Venue: THE ARENA THEATRE  
Ticket prices: $15 general admission; $10 senior citizens; $5 Moravian College faculty & staff; Students pay-what-you-will at the door


November 16-19  
Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8PM; Sunday at 2PM  

The Homecoming

By Harold Pinter  
Directed by Leanna Altenburg  

Teddy takes his wife Ruth to his boyhood home for a family visit. His brutish clan of libido-driven brothers, uncle and sadistic father pass their days with one-upmanship and are desperate for change. They think that this young lady may be just the trifle they are looking for…but they may have met their match. Soon, Teddy is prepared to return home, while Ruth has other plans. These characters blur the lines between fallacy and truth; still this Tony award winning play is full of raw honesty.  

Venue: THE ARENA THEATRE  
Ticket prices: $15 general admission; $10 senior citizens; $5 Moravian College faculty & staff; Students pay-what-you-will at the door    


Friday, January 26 at 8PM  

Last Lists of my Mad Mother

By Julie Jensen  
Directed by Bill Bauman

Part of the Friday Night Play Reading Series  

Ma is fading but cares about ribbons and bows, intransitive verbs and keeping to her rigid schedule. Dot uses humor to sort out the tangle of her mother's mind. Together they struggle with Ma's inevitable decline, while Sis phones in her advice from afar. "A hilarious, often touching look at the toll Alzheimer's disease takes on a parent-child relationship. It magnificently reveals the humor within the tragedy, without taking away from the seriousness of the issue." (The Record-Journal)  

Venue: THE ARENA THEATRE  
Ticket prices: FREE EVENT    


Saturday, February 3 1-5PM  

Workshop with Happenstance Theatre

Physical Comedy  

Venue: THE ARENA THEATRE  
Ticket prices: FREE EVENT, but participants must request a spot by emailing shorrc@moravian.edu


February 22-25  
Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8PM; Sunday at 2PM  

[Title of Show]

By Jeff Bowen & Hunter Bell  
Directed by Christopher Shorr  

Two struggling writers enlist friends to help create a something for a new musical theatre festival.  The deadline for submissions is looming, but they have no idea what to write. Finally, they decide to write about not knowing what to write about. [title of show]—taken from the space on the festival’s application form which asks for the [title of show]—follows the friends on their journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression. [title of show] is, above all, a love letter to the musical theatre—a uniquely American art form—and to the joy of collaboration.  

Venue: THE ARENA THEATRE  
Ticket prices: $15 general admission; $10 senior citizens; $5 Moravian College faculty & staff; Students pay-what-you-will at the door    


Friday, April 20 at 8PM  

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By William Shakespeare  
Directed by Makenna Masenheimer  

Part of the Friday Night Play Reading Series  

Hermia and Lysander are in love. Hermia’s father is forcing her to marry Demetrius. Demetrius is in love with Hermia but is being pursued by Helena. What better way to sort out this tangled love triangle than to escape to the forest? Shakespeare’s classic comedy delights with magic, fairies, confusion and passion. Staged outdoors, this production transports you to the enchanted woods of Athens for misadventures, mischief and more.  

Venue: Performed outdoors, next to Reeves Library on Moravian College’s North Campus. (In case of rain: inside the Haupert Union Building, located on Moravian College’s North campus at the corner of Laurel and Monocacy Streets.)  
Ticket prices: FREE EVENT


***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.