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WESTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY’S 2016-2017 SEASON
Box Office Phone: 503-838-8462
Box Office Hours: 12:30-4:30 p.m. weekdays, reopening at 6:00 night of performance
*All Friday performances (except All in the Timing in the Studio) will be signed performances.
Machinal by Sophie Treadwell, directed by Michael Phillips
Sophie Treadwell, one of America’s lesser-known playwrights, had extraordinary experiences that informed her writing. Employed as an investigative journalist, Treadwell went undercover as a homeless prostitute and wrote a series of articles for the San Francisco Bulletin that inspired her play, Sympathy. Her later work at the New York Tribune included coverage of Mexico and that country’s relations with the U.S. She was able to interview Pancho Villa and that inspired her play, Gringo. Machinal may be her most personal creative work. It deals with a stenographer, Helen Jones, who lives with her mother and takes on the “proper’ life of a young woman. She marries her boss, a most disagreeable person, and, after having his baby, falls in love with a younger man. She is awakened to the joys of life and takes irreversible and shocking steps that exhibit her independence.
Performing in Rice Auditorium, November 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and November 13 at 2:00 p.m.
All in the Timing by David Ives, directed by Kent Neely
David Ives provides us a series of short, comic vignettes that rely on puns, sight-gags and exaggerations of personality. The common experience of a young man and woman meeting for the first time is undermined by their continued mistakes in conversation. Monkeys are given typewriters to determine if they can actually write a masterpiece if given enough time. A shyster says he can teach a young woman a new language, Unamunda…that doesn’t exist. Leon Trotsky’s death by a mountain climber’s axe is reenacted in a variety of ways. These and other scenes manifest absurd situations characterized by coincidence, manipulation and dumb luck and show that comedy is “all in the timing.”
Performing in Studio Theatre, February 9, 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and February 11 at 2:00 p.m.
Shakespeare in Hollywood by Ken Ludwig, directed by Ted deChatalet
Ken Ludwig has conjured up some “midsummer night’s” magic in his play that brings together characters from one of Shakespeare’s most delightful comic romances, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with Hollywood in the 1930’s. Imagine that the fairies, Oberon and Puck, materialize in Hollywood during the filming of Max Reinhardt’s version of “Midsummer” and they are asked to perform as…themselves! They both become entangled with the likes of Jack Warner, Louella Parsons, Dick Powell, Joe E. Brown, Jimmy Cagney, Groucho and Tarzan (Johnny Weissmuller). Fans of Shakespeare and film will love this comedy that sends up the movie industry by using a classical play.
Performing in Rice Auditorium, March 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and March 5 at 2:00 p.m.
SPRING DANCE CONCERT
May 11- 13 at 7:30 p.m.
THIS GIRL LAUGHS, THIS GIRL CRIES, THIS GIRL DOES NOTHING
SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST JEN ROWE WILL DIRECT FINEGAN KRUCKEMEYER’S PLAY
The Western Oregon University Theatre Department will welcome guest artist Jen Rowe to direct the season’s last play. Ms. Rowe is an Actor/ Director based in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Performance. She founded The Quick and Dirty Art Project in 2010 through which she Produced and Directed Waiting (Ethan Coen), The Jewish Wife/The Informer (Bertolt Brecht), Mercury Fur (Phillip Ridley), The Unseen (Craig Lucas), Unda (Matthew B. Zerebski), Phaedra’s Love (Sarah Kane), and DasVedanya Mama (Ethyl Eichelberger). At Portland Playhouse, she directed How We Got On (Idris Goodwin), and devised eight solo shows under the comprehensive title Subject To Change. As an Actor, her work has been seen at Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theater, Third Rail Rep, Portland Playhouse, Willamette Shakespeare and Our Shoes Are Red/The Performance Lab. Her television credits include Discovery Network’s The Satchel, TNT’s The Librarians, and NBC’s Grimm.
Ms. Rowe will direct a fascinating play by Finegan Kruckemeyer, This Girl Laughs This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing . The play tells a story of three sisters who are abandoned in the woods and challenged by their Father to find what is important to them. Armed with only their knowledge, curiosity and instinct, Albienne sets off in one direction to find purpose, Beatrice ventures the other direction to find adventure and Carmen remains with the intent to create a home. This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing is a moving and delightful modern-day fable that tells the story of three young girls who become women by choosing to encounter the world in their own distinct way. Albienne with Cake, Beatrix with the Sun, and Carmen with her Backpack, each embark on a tale of magnificent magical realism to discover what life has to offer and what they can offer back. In a story that is irresistibly playful and charming, This Girl Laughs… also offers a depth and complexity to the idea of the female heroine that ultimately results in an empowering, visceral experience.
Performing in Rice Auditorium, May 31, June 1, 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. and June 1 and 3 at 2:00 p.m.
WOU’s Valley Shakespeare Company presents
Times & Dates TBA–Summer 2017