Frostburg State’s University Theatre announces its 2003-2004 season for its main stage and student productions.
The stage season will launch with William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” on Oct. 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Drama Theatre. The setting is Verona, Italy, where the hatred of two warring families, the Capulets and Montagues, has become the fabric of society. Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, fall in love, but they must deal with their families’ division to stay together. The two “star-crossed lovers” encounter numerous obstacles with an urgency that makes “Romeo and Juliet” the most famous love story in the world.
Rebecca Gilman’s “The Glory of Living” will be presented on Nov. 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre. Gilman has become one of the most prolific and celebrated playwrights in America. Her several award-winning plays (“Spinning Into Butter,” “Boy Gets Girl” and “Blue Serge”) are controversial treatments of contemporary social issues. “The Glory Of Living” focuses on 15-year-old Lisa, who tries to escape a miserable life with her prostitute mother by running away with, and eventually marrying, Clint, an ex-con. In Lisa, Gilman has created a riveting portrait of a young woman whose most striking quality is not her capacity for evil but the depth of her emptiness.
The musical “Working” will be performed in the Drama Theatre on March 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 at 8 p.m. and March 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. Based on Studs Terkel’s 1972 best-selling book of interviews with “ordinary” American workers, “Working” celebrates the anonymous many whose lives touch ours everyday. The story reflects the grievances, hopes and dreams of the unsung heroes and heroines of the American workforce. With a book by Nina Faso and Stephen Schwartz; lyrics by Craig Carnelia, James Taylor, Micki Grant, Stephen Schwartz and Susan Birkenhead and music by Craig Carnelia, James Taylor, Mary Rodgers, Micki Grant and Stephen Schwartz, this musical is influenced by pop, folk, rock, blues and country music.
The season will round out with “The Bald Soprano” and “The Lesson,” two one-act plays by Eugene Ionesco, on April 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 at 8 p.m. and April 17 at 2 p.m. in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre. A leader of absurdist theatre, Ionesco wrote his first play, “The Bald Soprano,” while teaching himself English as a third language. The story follows Mr. and Mrs. Smith as they discover “astonishing” truths about the world through a series of humorous conversations. In the company of this English couple (along with their maid and guests, Mr. and Mrs. Martin and the Fire Chief), we witness how language is used as a façade in their bourgeois society. Labeled a “comic drama,” “The Lesson” also investigates the ways language can be used for purposes other than substantive human communication. An eager young pupil seeks tutelage in arithmetic and philology from her seemingly normal professor. As the lesson proceeds, the student becomes inundated with “knowledge,” which culminates in a twisted phonetic exercise on the word “couteau.”
Tickets are $10 for general public and $5 for students. Season discount tickets are also available. By purchasing three tickets for $30, you receive “Romeo and Juliet” for free. For reservations and information, call 301-687-7462, weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The box office opens one hour prior to curtain. Group discounts are available when booked in advance.
Join University Theatre for a season of student-directed productions in “Season Too!” All seats are $3 and will be performed at 8 p.m. in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre. “Sylvania” by A.R. Gurney, will be presented on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. “The Heidi Chronicles” by Wendy Wasserstein will be on Dec. 12 and 13. “Private Eyes” by Steven Dietz will be presented on Feb. 20 and 21. “This is Our Youth” by Kenneth Lonergan will be on May 7 and 8.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office at 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.