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Student Productions: Spring 2017
Pen Paint & Pretzels (3Ps) and Umbrella Student Group Productions

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- Past student productions: Fall 2016
- 3Ps and Umbrella Student Groups website
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3Ps presents Melancholy Play: a comedy
Directed by Ethan Whitman '19

Written by Sarah Ruhl
March 9, 10 & 11 at 8:00 pm  |  Balch Arena Theater

This magical realist comedy tells the story of an Illinois bank teller named Tilly. She is so immersed in profound, overwhelming, remarkable melancholy that every other character falls in love with her. A tailor, a hairdresser, a nurse, and a psychiatrist simultaneously attempt to woo her by gathering to play duck-duck-goose for Tilly's birthday. Suddenly, her melancholy disappears and she becomes unremittingly jubilant and shatters her suitors' love. Frances, one of her admirers, is so crushed by this transformation that she drinks a vial of Tilly's tears: the last vestige of Tilly's melancholy. Soon after, Frances is transformed into an almond. Shocked, Frances' friends discover a public safety notice explaining that people are disappearing left and right and almonds now litter the streets. It’s an epidemic. They decide they must act quickly to save their friend from this terrible fate.

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Chicago production

Torn Ticket II presents Chicago: The Musical

Directed by Jungwoo Justin An '18
Musical Direction by Simone Allen '17
Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb
March 30 & 31 at 8pm, April 1 at 7:00 pm  |  Cohen Auditorium

In roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband Amos to take the rap...until he finds out he's been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another "Merry Murderess" Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the "American Dream": fame, fortune, and acquittal. This satire of the media has further been molded in a way that pushes societal boundaries of sex, sexuality, and gender. Using dance and movement, this production showcases the spectrum and diversity in sexual identity and desire.

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Clytemnestreia production

Bare Bodkin presents Clytemnestreia

Director/Playwright/Thesis Student, Peter V. Secrest
Lincoln Gray, Composer
Composer/Choreograher, Megan McCormick
April 25 at 8:00 pm  |  Balch Arena Theater

Clytemnestreia presents an original adaptation and reinterpretation of Aeschylus’ Oresteia. One of the oldest pieces of theatre in the western cannon, Aeschylus' only extant trilogy tells an epic tale of murder, vengeance, and justice following Agamemnon's return from the Trojan War. This production reclaims the female narrative by emphasizing the roles of Clytemnestra and her daughters through a reinvented text and queer performance. The text is an abridged cocktail of translations and other Greek plays from Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. The structure of Greek tragedy undergoes a facelift with an infusion of drag performance, burlesque, and queer punk rock.

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