The 2011-2012 main stage plays show us individuals caught in tumultuous storms of political intrigue, religious games playing, individual posturing, and corrupt use of power.
A Man For All Seasons by Robert Bolt
November 10-12 @ 7:00 PM, also 2:00 on November 12
In Robert Bolt’s play, Thomas More, Chancellor of England remains silent when Henry VIII demands that More support Henry’s divorce from Catherine to marry Anne Boleyn. More’s integrity of conscience is tested to the extreme in the presence of yes men and the common throng that follows the flow of history. A play not to be missed; the characters and what they say tend to have a marked impact on audiences.
Living Creation by Francis Warner (US Premiere)
April 12-14 @ 7:00 PM, also 2:00 on April 14
Art and religion don’t mix. Politics and religion don’t mix. Or they do depending on who is controlling the mix. Lorenzo de’ Medici, magnetic ruler of fifteenth century Golden Age Florence, Italy finds himself caught between the spring like beauty of Botticelli’s paintings and the religious rigidity of the book burning Savonarola. Lorenzo teeters in his faith. Botticelli begins to temper his Greco-Roman themes in his art. The plague, a platonic interpretation of Christianity, and corruption in the Roman Church intensify the roiling events of the time. This play in its United States premiere is written by renowned Oxford playwright Francis Warner and is part of his mammoth thirteen playAgora which focuses on great epochs in human history from ancient Greece to the twentieth century.
Tickets to Mainstage productions are $8, and $5 with a Jewell ID.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) by The Reduced Shakespeare Co.
February 3 & 4 @ 7:00 PM
A Senior Theatre Performance by Karina Bielecki
38 plays. 3 actors. 1 literary genius. Three Shakespearean “experts” attempt to condense all of the playwright’s wit, passion, tragedy, romance, swordfights, and star-crossed lovers into one evening’s performance. Can it be done? Even if it can’t, the results are bound to be entertaining.
All Seats are only $5.
Jewell Theatre Showcase
December 7 and May 2 @ 7:00
Jewell Theatre students perform and display their work from class.