Season 2013 - 2014

Blood

Olives and Blood

October 2 - October 12, 2014

By Michael Bradford
Nafe Katter Theatre

It is said in Spain that the dead are more alive than the day they were born.  So it is for the presumed murderer of Federico Garcia Lorca, Juan Luis Trescante Medina.  60 years after Lorca’s unsolved death, the aging fascist, Trescante, fights to hold onto the myth of an execution that has defined his life but failed to silence the great poet.  In Spain, sixty years is little more than a breath, and a reckoning is all but inevitable.  Directed by Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, Gary M. English, this new play by UConn Associate Professor Michael Bradford investigates the repression of the artist in times of political upheaval, and the power of a poetic voice that resonates beyond the confines of the flesh.



CRT Behind The Scenes: Discovering Federico Garcia Lorca with Playwright Michael Bradford
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Thursday October 2, 7:30 pm - Preview

Friday October 3, 8:00 pm - Opening Night

Saturday October 4, 8:00 pm

Wednesday October 8, 7:30 pm

Thursday October 9, 7:30 pm

Friday October 10, 8:00 pm

Saturday October 11, 2:00 pm

Saturday October 11, 8:00 pm

Sunday October 12, 2:00 pm

Cloud9

Cloud 9

October 23 - November 2, 2014

By Caryl Churchill
Studio Theatre

In the wilds of 19th century Africa, the colonizers are restless in more ways than one.  Friends and family flirt and fumble with power, gender, and sexuality, hilariously pushing against the boundaries of Victorian imperialism.  Fast forward 100 years to the concrete jungle of London, where the Victorian legacy finally explodes in a blast of sexual awakening, self-acceptance and delectable humor.  Caryl Churchill’s hilarious play, now a modern classic, fractures the conventional comedy in this wickedly funny, take-no-prisoners, carnal romp.

This production contains explicit language and content. It is not recommended for children.

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Thursday October 23, 7:30 pm - Preview

Friday October 24, 8:00 pm - Opening Night

Saturday October 25, 8:00 pm

Wednesday October 29, 7:30 pm

Thursday October 30, 7:30 pm

Friday October 31, 8:00 pm

Saturday November 1, 2:00 pm

Saturday November 1, 8:00 pm

Sunday November 2, 2:00 pm

Putnam

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

November 20 - December 7, 2014

Music and Lyrics by William Finn Book by Rachel Sheinkin Conceived by Rebecca Feldman Additional Material by Jay Reiss
Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre

It is the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – and six quirky adolescents are competing for the title of champion.  A witty, clever and sophisticated story provides an incredibly nuanced and sensitive look at the oddity of competition that is a spelling bee.  The Tony Award winner for Best Book, Spelling Bee is a heartwarming, yet eccentric look at the emotional impact of competition.  We’re sure that this hilarious musical will cast its spell on Y-O-U.

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Thursday November 20, 7:30 pm - Preview

Friday November 21, 8:00 pm - Opening Night

Saturday November 22, 8:00 pm

Wednesday December 3, 7:30 pm

Thursday December 4, 7:30 pm

Friday December 5, 8:00 pm

Saturday December 6, 2:00 pm

Saturday December 6, 8:00 pm

Sunday December 7, 2:00 pm

Lysistrata

Lysistrata

February 26 - March 8, 2015

By Aristophanes
Nafe Katter Theatre

This past decade of almost continuous warfare in the Middle East has left an indelible mark on American theatre by challenging us to examine war in its complexity and consequences through the re-examination of the Ancient Greek war plays.  Sitting slyly among the war tragedies is Aristophanes’ outrageous war comedy, Lysistrata. One woman’s crusade to end the Peloponnesian War leads to the women of Greece withholding sex from their husbands and lovers to force a peace accord.  As the siege takes hold, soldiers will beat their swords into…well, you know. This raucous, bawdy happy idea of a play by the “father of comedy” calls us to seriously consider war through no-holds-barred laughter.

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Thursday February 26, 7:30 pm - Preview

Friday February 27, 8:00 pm - Opening Night

Saturday February 28, 8:00 pm

Wednesday March 4, 7:30 pm

Thursday March 5, 7:30 pm

Friday March 6, 8:00 pm

Saturday March 7, 2:00 pm

Saturday February 7, 8:00 pm

Sunday March 8, 2:00 pm

BlackHand

Band of the Black Hand

March 26 - April 4, 2015

By Split Knuckle Theatre Guided by Greg Webster and Bart Roccoberton
Studio Theatre

Private Dick Jack Stone is hired to solve the savage murder of a young dock worker Charlie De Wit. There’s a brutal gang war on in Capital City and the Band of the Black Hand is taking over from the Streets to the Mayor’s office.  As Stone journeys into the depths of Capital City, he begins to feel the clutch of the Black Hand.  Join Split Knuckle Theatre and the Connecticut Repertory Theatre for this joint production exploring the sensual, dark, and mysterious world of Film Noir, in a show that incorporates modern Indonesian shadow puppetry and jazz music.

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Thursday March 26, 7:30 pm - Preview

Friday March 27, 8:00 pm - Opening Night

Saturday March 28, 2:00 pm

Saturday March 28, 8:00 pm

Sunday March 29, 2:00 pm

Wednesday April 1, 7:30 pm

Thursday April 2, 7:30 pm

Friday April 3, 8:00 pm

Saturday April 4, 2:00 pm

Saturday April 4, 8:00 pm

Midsummer

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

April 23 - May 3, 2015

By William Shakespeare
Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre

The season ends with William Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, an imaginative and fantastic romp about love and its many complications.  As the Duke of Athens prepares to wed his Amazonian queen, four lovers flee from their overbearing parents into an enchanted forest, where they become unknowingly embroiled in the battle between high-spirited sprites Oberon and Titania, the king and queen of the faeries.  The delightfully, madcap antics of Shakespeare’s cast of characters provides a magical exploration of love, lust and marriage and illustrates just how other worldly love can be.

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Thursday April 23, 7:30 pm - Preview

Friday April 24, 8:00 pm - Opening Night

Saturday April 25, 8:00 pm

Wednesday April 29, 7:30 pm

Thursday April 30, 7:30 pm

Friday May 1, 8:00 pm

Saturday May 2, 2:00 pm

Saturday May 2, 8:00 pm

Sunday May 3, 2:00 pm

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