Performing Arts

Theatre 2020-21 Season

Date and details may change, in accord with local and Federal health guidelines.

The Memo, by Václev Havel

October 29 – November 15, 2020

Translation by Paul Wilson
Directed by Susan Coromel

Office life turns upside-down when it is forced to adopt a new language called Ptydepe, a “Newspeak” that is one part efficiency, one part goobledygook! This absurdist farce, set in a socially-distanced landscape, looks directly at how we control words – and how they control us.

The Memo is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.
 

A Bright New Boise, by Samuel D. Hunter

February 24 - March 7, 2021

Directed by Jonathan Cole

The Rapture has begun...in the break room of a Hobby Lobby in Idaho! Winner of the 2011 Obie Award for playwriting, Hunter brings a fresh voice to the stage, veering from laugh-out-loud comedy to deep introspection of beliefs in faith, business and family.

A Bright New Boise is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.
 

The Cradle Will Rock, book & music by Marc Blitzstein

March 11 - 14, 2021

Department of Music, Dramatic Vocal Arts
Katherine Skovira, Music Director

The Cradle Will Rock hits us with an intense urgency! Fusing parodies of Bach and Beethoven with jazz and pop music forms, this savage powerhouse musical confronts the  all-American issues of unrestrained capitalism, racism, corruption, and bigotry. With its composer, Marc Blitzstein, at the piano, the 1937 premiere was itself an act of defiance, against censorship,  an answer to Bertolt Brecht’s blazing suggestion: “Why don’t you write a piece about all kinds of prostitution – the press, the church, the courts, the arts, the whole system?”

Presented under license from European American Music Corporation on behalf of Christopher Davis and the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc.
 

Moving Forward 

April 15 - 24, 2021

Faith Morrison, Artistic Director

Willamette University continues its successful and popular dance concert tradition! Student choreographers join dance faculty in an evening of choreography exploring the process of moving through uncertain times. Innovative new works showcase the power of movement as a medium for human connection, and dance as a force moving forward into the future.

 


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