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 always more alive than the day they were born. So it is for the presumed murder of Federico Garcia Lorca, Juan Luis Trescante Medina. 60 years after Lorca’s death, the aging fascist, Trescante, fights to hold onto the myth of a murder that defined his life. But in Spain, sixty years is little more than a breath, and a reckoning is all but inevitable.

Directed by Borad of Trustees Distinguished Professor, Gary M. English, this new play by UConn Associate Professor Michael Bradford investigates the unsolved murder of the playwright Garcia Lorca, the politics of the Spanish Civil war and the repression of art in times of civil unrest.

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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 delicious humor.  Caryl Churchill’s hilarious play, now a modern classic, parodies the conventional comedy in this wickedly funny, take-no-prisoners, carnal romp.

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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 to for the title.  A whity, 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 you.

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Lysistrata

Lysistrata

February 26 - March 8, 2015

By Aristophanes
Nafe Katter Theatre

Forget the battle of the sexes. This is the battle of sex. One woman’s crusade to end the Peloponnesian War leads to the women of Greece withholding sex from their husbands and lovers to force peace. As the siege takes hold, soldiers will beat their swords into…well, you know. The comedy just keeps coming. Join in this smart, sassy tease of an evening with plenty of tickling innuendo. This raucous, bawdy comedy by the father of comedy is the original examination of the power structure of sexual relations in our society.

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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 live jazz music.

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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 spiteful sprites Oberon and Titania, the king and queen of the faeries.  The delightfully, madcap antics of Shakespeare’s cast of characters provides a satisfying exploration of love, lust and marriage and illustrates just how blind love can be.

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