For 2011-2012, Frostburg State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will once again present an exciting season of drama, comedy, music and dance. This season the stage will be transformed into a modest New Hampshire town, a war-torn land and a dynamically lit space for dance. It will also become the setting for a remarkable conversation between Picasso and Einstein, as well as a land for a young pirate’s adventure. And for the final show, the stage will be filled with voice, song and movement in a collaborative celebration of America’s heritage. Captivating and entertaining or thought-provoking and moving, the live performances will showcase the extraordinary skills of FSU’s students, as well as student direction and choreography.
The season will begin on Sept. 30 with “Our Town.” Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1938, “Our Town” depicts the small-town daily life of Grover’s Corners, N.H. Through an on-stage narrator, it tells the story of the Webb and Gibbs children as they fall in love, marry and eventually face one of life’s darkest moments. Performance dates will be Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance on Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. in the Drama Theatre.
Next up in the season will be “Ruined,” the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama set in a shrewd businesswoman’s brothel in today’s war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. As Mama Nadi protects and profits from the prostitutes under her charge – women whose bodies have been used by government soldiers and rebel forces alike – all sides simmer and boil in moving and brutal detail. Developed through the author’s interviews with women in Africa, “Ruined” mines the shattered dreams of a lost country’s people to find a voice filled with humanity, hope and song. Performance dates will be Dec. 2, 3, 7 (a benefit performance), 8, 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance on Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre. All proceeds from the special benefit performance on Dec. 7 will go to City of Joy, a safe haven in DRC where women can heal and rebuild their lives. For more information, go to www.vday.org.
The Roundabout Children’s Theatre will return to FSU with “How I Became a Pirate.” In this musical version of the book, young Jeremy Jacobs is recruited by Pirate Braid Beard and his scurvy crew to help find the perfect digging spot for their treasure. Aboard ship, Jeremy learns to speak “Pirate” and sing sea chanteys, but when a storm blows up and the crew is called on to steer the ship to safety, Jeremy begins to wonder if pirate life is really for him. On reaching land, he draws a map leading the pirates to a special place to bury their treasure – which just so happens to be the place he treasures the most. Performance dates will be Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre.
This year’s Fall Dance Concert will once again offer a montage of diverse styles and original choreography by FSU Dance Company members and faculty who will explore the limitless possibilities of movement. Every dance will be performed for the first time during this annual event. Performance dates will be Nov. 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Drama Theatre.
In “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” by comedian Steve Martin, two young geniuses, Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein, meet in a bar in Paris in 1904 and engage in a playful conversation on the eve of their greatest accomplishments – Picasso’s shift from his blue to cubist period and Einstein’s theory of relativity. “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” is a witty romp about the thrill of being on the verge of an amazing idea and, according to Martin, “… attempts to explain, in a light-hearted way, the similarity of the creative process involved in great leaps of imagination in art and science.” Performance dates will be March 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance March 3 at 2 p.m. in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre.
The season will wrap up with “Made in America: A Red, White and Blue Musical Celebration” by FSU professor Mairzy Yost-Rushton. This musical variety show combines the talents of FSU’s theatre, music and dance students and offers a look at America under the banner of five themes: “From Sea to Shining Sea,” “Sweet Land of Liberty,” “Made for You and Me,” “Americana (America All Over Again)” and “Home of the Brave.” Performance dates will be April 27 and 28 and May 2, 3, 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance on April 28 at 2 p.m. in the Drama Theatre.
Season subscriptions are available. The Main Stage subscription offers the general public five tickets to Main Stage shows (one ticket per show for Main Stage productions and the Fall Dance Concert) for $50, and the student subscription offers students five tickets to Main Stage productions for $25. In addition to a cost savings, season subscribers can reserve tickets in advance of the general public. Individual tickets are $12 for general admission and $6 for students.
For more information about season subscriptions and individual ticket purchases or show times, call the Theatre and Dance box office at 301-687-7462, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.