Following the success of the Fall 2008 productions of Top Girls, Much Ado About Nothing and Creon, the theatre program will again mount three full scale productions this semester.
First up is George F. Walker’s Suburban Motel, a cycle of individual plays that all take place in the same seedy motel room somewhere on the outskirts of a nameless urban metropolis. Produced around the world, Suburban Motel has become a contemporary Canadian classic with its intimate portraits of welfare bums, corrupt cops, burned out legal aid lawyers, waitresses who aspire to be porn stars and petty criminals who can’t even pull off a crime. The plays range in tone from the near tragic to absurd farce. Problem Child and Featuring Loretta will rotate in nightly rep with Adult Entertainment and Criminal Genius Feb. 16-21. The Suburban Motel plays will be directed by Michael Waller and Ken Livingstone with costumes by roy Hansen-robitsckek and lighting by Jim Chalmers Gow.
Next up will be a revival of Frank Wedekind’s ‘children’s tragedy’ Spring Awakening in a special adaptation by Al Pittman. Originally commissioned by Rising Tide Theatre in a co-production with the theatre program in 1991, Pittman’s lyrical version re-locates Wedekind’s play to the Newfoundland of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s where pubescent boy and girls struggle with their dawning sexuality under the watchful eyes of nuns, priests and brothers. Spring Awakening will be directed by Todd Hennessy with set and lighting design by roy Hansen-robitschek and costumes by Carol Nelson. Spring Awakening runs March 11-14.
Then in April, our fourth-year students will bring their graduating production of Hamlet back to Corner Brook, having rehearsed it during their six-week sojourn on the Harlow, England, campus. The production will feature Sarah Koehn, winner of the Andre Noble Memorial Scholarship and the Tommy Sexton “Triple Threat” Award, as Hamlet. Hamlet is directed by award-winning guest artist Stephen Drover, with designs by Carol Nelson. Hamlet will run from April 1-4.
Finally in May, the production of Ned Dickens’ Creon, featuring the third-year class, will travel to Theatre Passe-Muraille in Toronto to be part of the national City of Wine project. Creon is one of seven plays that are part of the City of Wine cycle. The cycle of plays will feature performances from schools right across the country.
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