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Theatre and Performance Studies Productions: Current Season 2018-2019

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- Past Productions

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Music by Jeanine Tesori
Lyrics and Book by Brian Crawley
Based on "The Ugliest Pilgrim" by Doris Betts
Directed by Bridget Kathleen O'Leary

October 25-27 and November 1-3, 2018 at 8:00 pm

As a result of an accident that leaves her with a prominent scar on her face, Violet has been forced to become a self-sufficient, articulate, and driven young woman. Taking all the money she has saved, and with her mother's Bible at her side, Violet journeys from North Carolina to Oklahoma in search of a preacher who can heal her scars. Inspired by the short story The Ugliest Pilgrim, Violet is a beautiful and poignant reminder that strength and resilience are more than skin deep.

Violet is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Sheriden Thomas

February 14-16 and 21-23, 2019 at 8:00 pm

The trick of opening one's heart enough to trust another in the name of love lies at the heart of Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado About Nothing. Watch the iconic warring couple of Beatrice and Benedick who are "too wise to woo peaceably". Witness the fury unleashed by a bastard brother's deceit. Laugh at the absurd investigation of skullduggery. Our journey comes to rest, if not with a happily ever after, at least with a fresh and perhaps wiser beginning. Join us for a romp through a tale of the trials of love, the power of deceit, and the glory of love returned.

Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babies

By Yussef El Guindi
Directed by Heather S. Nathans

April 11-13, 2019 at 8:00 pm
April 13, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Award-winning playwright Yussef El Guindi offers a new take on the familiar tale of an artist weighing the virtues of pursuing his creative dream in poverty or selling his soul for fame and fortune. Film executive Barry desperately needs rising star Ashraf to play the lead role in his new drama. He offers him anything to take the part. What’s the hitch? Ashraf is fed up with being stereotyped – even if it means he might miss his big break. The tension escalates as Barry gets more and more desperate to get Ashraf to sign the contract – watch the action spiral into farce as Ashraf struggles to free himself from Barry’s clutches and resist the siren song of a Hollywood blockbuster.