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Theatre and Performance Studies Productions: Current Season 2019-2020

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Henrik Ibsen's En Folkfiende
(An Enemy of the People)

A new version by Brad Birch
Directed by Noe Montez
October 24-26 and October 31-November 2, 2019 at 8pm

Tom Stockmann discovers dangerous water pollution in the resort that just opened in his Norwegian town. But when he tries to inform the public and close down the town's springs to prevent a health crisis, he faces threats to his and his family's well-being from politicians and powerful investors who would rather protect the town's economic engine. An Enemy of the People invites spectators to imagine the price they would pay to maintain their integrity and uphold truth.

An Enemy of the People is a play about disbelief in science, whistle blowing, leaking information to the press, and politicians who invent alternative facts to appease their base in opposition to those who would risk their lives and livelihood to do the right thing.

Sense and Sensibility

By Kate Hamil
Based on the novel by Jane Austen
Directed by Barbara Wallace Grossman
Movement in Collaboration with Daniel McCusker
February 27-29 and March 5-7, 2020 at 8pm

Kate Hamill's rollicking adaptation of Sense and Sensibility puts a kinetic, contemporary spin on Jane Austen's beloved 1811 novel. Combining Austen's cleverness and compassion with an exuberant sense of the play, Hamill retains the novel's Regency England setting yet draws striking parallels to our world today. Sense and Sensibility centers on sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, newly impoverished after their father's death and left with no recourse other than to secure their future by marrying men of means. Temperamentally opposite- one embodying the "sense" of the title, the other its "sensibility" -the sisters embrace the challenges of their situation with wit, grace, and courage. Devoted to one another, determined not to compromise their values, they are subject to insidious social pressures and are particularly vulnerable to malicious gossip. Like the relentlessness of social media today, the whirlwind of gossip- literally embodied by actors as gossips- becomes a malevolent force capable of destroying their lives. Through the Dashwoods' saga, Sense and Sensibility invites audiences to interrogate familiar power structures and gender roles by reframing Austen's novel as a fast-paced, role-switching ride.