Much Ado About Nothing
The production was directed by Tom Schwans, professional actor, director and an adjunct professor in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.
New Play Festival
They included: "Apocalypse Tonight" by David Piselli; "Count" by Steph Fasano; "Diner of Eden" by Marina Dugan; "Emma" by Samantha Chasse; "Love at Corner Diner" by Yara Farahmand; "The Lives We Lead" by Jessica Lehman; and "Three Musketeers" by Alan Johnson.
Mac Wellman's Dracula
The play is an adaption of Bram Stoker's novel that tells the story of the vampire, Count Dracula, as he leaves his native home to find new blood. The play focuses on the battle of a resolute group of men who saves the lives and souls of two spirited, strong-willed young women.
Written by Theresa Rebeck, this 2007 Broadway comedy-thriller follows estranged sisters as they battle three ruthless men for two of the most valuable stamps in the world. Drew Scott, an adjunct theater professor, directed.
Set in 1849, "Lily Hare" follows the fortunes of an actress who tours the country with her companion and student, Ned Tambourine, presenting a one-person show of badly memorized speeches from Shakespeare. After one typically dreadful performance, Lily meets wealthy young admirer Simon Filbert and hatches a plan to use him and his money to advance her career.
"Eclipsed" is set in Ireland in 1963 and takes the audience inside one of the infamous Magdalene laundries to show the daily life of the young women confined there and forced to endure harsh treatment and backbreaking labor for being pregnant but unmarried. The play centers around how these women keep their spirits from being crushed by singing and telling stories. Brogan is an Irish playwright, novelist, poet and artist.
The student cast included: Patricia Hibner, Jessica Lehman, Sara Detrik, Dominique Williams, Kristen Banaszak, Sarah Faidell, Michelle Ayrapetyan and Nicole Palmer. Crystal Brian, professor of theater in the College of Arts and Sciences, directed.
The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek
Theater for Community presented "The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek" by Naomi Wallace, Oct. 4-7, 2012, at the Clarice L. Buckman Theater on the Mount Carmel Campus.
Set in the midst of the Great Depression in a dying town "somewhere in the United States," "The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek" is a psychological mystery and haunting coming-of-age story that fluidly moves between the past and present to explore the intense, enigmatic bond that develops between shy 15-year-old Dalton Chance and fearless 16-year-old tomboy Page Creagan when she challenges him to race an oncoming freight train across the 100-foot high trestle over Pope Lick Creek.
Sara Detrik played Pace Creagan and Aleczander Farquharson played Dalton Chase. Bob Bresnick, an adjunct faculty member, directed and was the sound designer for the production. Tricia Thelen, associate professor of theater, designed the set.
Theater for Community performed "Coastal Disturbances" at Long Wharf Theatre, Stage II, April 12-15, 2012. "Coastal Disturbances" by Tina Howe is a comedy about the dizzying and disconcerting effects of love. This ensemble play, set on a private beach on the North Shore of Massachusetts, follows the stories of four generations of vacationers and focuses on the romance of professional photographer Holly Dancer and the handsome but shy, unsophisticated lifeguard Leo Hart. Emily Seibert played Holly and Michael Bobenhausen played Leo.
In addition to Seibert and Bobenhausen, the student cast also included: Michelle Ayrapetyan, Aleczander Farquharson, Jessica Lehman, Juli McGourty and Jessica Otterbine. Drew Scott, an adjunct theater professor, and Peter Wood, a professional actor, also performed in the production. Crystal Brian, professor of theater, directed.
Dead Man's Cell Phone
Theater for Community presented "Dead Man's Cell Phone" March 1-4, 2012, at the Clarice L. Buckman Theater on the Mount Carmel Campus.
Written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl, the play follows the journey of Jean whose impulsive decision to answer a ringing cell phone leads her into a series of unexpected confrontations that are romantic, funny, and sometimes dangerous. Through her odyssey, she is forced to confront her own assumptions about love, mortality, redemption and the challenge of being truly connected in a technology obsessed world.
Drew Scott, an adjunct theater professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, directed, and Tricia Thelen, associate professor of theater, designed the costumes.
Theater for Community performed "Seven" Nov. 10-13, 2011, at Long Wharf Theatre, Stage II, in New Haven.
Written by a group of well-known playwrights, including Anna Deavere Smith, "Seven" is based on interviews with women from around the world who suffered violence and abuse and survived to become advocates for the women in their countries who continue to be brutalized. The cast members are playing real women from Nigeria, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Northern Ireland, Russia and Guatemala.
"The piece is an extremely powerful evocation of the horrific abuse these women suffered and their strength and courage in transcending the trauma they experienced in order to help women in their countries to avoid the experiences the characters suffered," said Crystal Brian, professor of theater at Quinnipiac who is directing the production.
Music and dance from the representative countries were included in the play. Tricia Thelen, associate professor of theater, provided scenic and costume design, and George Sprengelmeyer, director of the Quinnipiac music program, designed the music.
The Mercy Seat
Theater for Community performed "The Mercy Seat" Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2011, at the Clarice L. Buckman Theater on the Mount Carmel Campus.
"The Mercy Seat" by Neil LaBute presents a battle of the sexes played out against the backdrop of the events of Sept. 11, 2001. An emotionally super-charged play, "The Mercy Seat" is at times savage, darkly humorous and always provocative. Sophomores Michael Bobenhausen and Emily Siebert played the leads.
Tricia Thelen, associate professor of theater in the College of Arts and Sciences, designed the set. Robert Bresnick, an adjunct faculty member, directed.