April 15, 2023
The Department of Theater and Drama at the College of Education announced its opening 2023-24 schedule. Below are the offers and details.
“Miss. Holmes and Mrs. Watson – Flat 2B”
Written by Kate Hamill
From 27 July to 6 August 2023 and from 14 to 24 September 2023
An irreverent, comical, modern take on famed detective Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his sidekick, this fast-paced series re-examines the world’s most famous detective with a bold new feminist lens. In this highly theatrical, micro-adventure, eccentric roommates Sherlock (yes, it’s also a girl’s name—wait, is it a girl’s name? Is it even a name?) Holmes and Joan Watson unite to emerge from the pandemic haze as the adventure duo of a fiercely dependent odd couple , semi-dysfunctional-solving puzzles and kicking butts, until they come face to face with a villain who seems to have all the answers.
Designed by Kwame Koi Arma and Shaina Taube
Music and lyrics by Sheena Taube
From November 9 to 19, 2023
Twelfth Night is a thrilling contemporary musical based on Shakespeare’s classic comedy about girl power, mistaken identity, and self-discovery. Washed up on the shores of Illyria, Viola disguises herself as a man, is sent to the countess’ court and encounters a tough duke. As she navigates this strange and wonderful new land, she finds her true self and true love in the process. Featuring original jazz-funk music by Shayna Top, this 90-minute contemporary musical is full of pure joy, lots of laughter, and a deeper message of empathy and compassion.
“wine in the wild”
By Alice Childress
March 7 to 17, 2024
It’s 1964. As race riots rage in the streets outside his home in Harlem, illustrator Bill Jameson is working hard to complete a trilogy that depicts his vision of black womanhood. As he struggles to find his latest inspiration—”the spoiled chick”—his friends discover their ideal in Tommy, a woman they meet at a bar after her home is burned down in a riot. However, Tommy is more than she seems, and her presence changes everything. Acclaimed author Alice Childress provides an intimate and raw study of race, gender, and class that explores how the black community perceives, defines, and affirms itself from within.
Written by Virginia Woolf, adapted from Sarah Rowell
From 18 to 28 April 2024
Based on Virginia Woolf’s iconic gender-neutral novel, “Orlando” is a poetic romance that upends gender roles and expectations. Spanning 300 years from Elizabethan England to the 20th century, Orlando navigates the shifting waves of love, desire, and identity in a lyrical and humorous story. Sarah Rowell’s adaptation skillfully captures the sweet, playful lyricism of a classic tale that has been described as literature’s most enchanting love letter.