Department Chair:
Caroline Jackson Smith

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Mainstage 12|13

Mainstage 12|13

Man of La Mancha

by Book by Dale Wasserman, Music by Mitch Leigh, Lyrics by Joe Darion

Director: Chris Flaharty, Associate Professor of Theater
Dates: December 6-8th, 2012
Location: Hall Auditorium

A self-proclaimed poet of the theater, Miguel De Cervantes is in prison for heresy against the Spanish Inquisition, but it is his fellow prisoners that are putting him on trial. In his defense, he enlists them to help perform a play within the play as Cervantes assumes the role of Alonso Quijana. Alonso has read enough books about gallantry to embark on his own quest as the would-be-knight, the defender of chivalry: Don Quixote (the chaser of windmills). Author Dale Wasserman's 1964 play has long been considered a classic of American musical theater, now renewed on the Oberlin mainstage under Associate Professor Chris Flaharty’s direction. His production seats the audience on-stage in Hall Auditorium and features an unamplified ensemble cast of more characters than actors with guest artist Matthew Wright as Cervantes, Alonso, and Quixote.


Lucia Mad

by Don Nigro

Director: Paul Moser, Associate Professor of Theater
Dates: February 7-9th, 2013
Location: Hall Auditorium

Told with haunting lyricism and crackling wit, the story of James Joyce’s beloved daughter Lucia traces the imagined course of her doomed love for the young writer Samuel Beckett, while investigating the relationship between love, madness, and the act of artistic creation. Although he adores his beautiful and gifted daughter, Joyce is unable to give her the attention she craves, because he is obsessed with the composition of his last great work in progress. When his young disciple Beckett appears and Lucia falls madly in love with him, Beckett is torn between compassion for her, reverence for her father, and terror of her bottomless need for love. Lucia retains both a sharp eye and her wicked sense of humor as she slips deeper into madness… Vivid characters collide in this intensely comic play, rendered in rich language and resonant with an eccentric, melancholy beauty.


Laramie Prject

by Moises Kaufman and Members of the Tectonic Theater Project

Director: Caroline Jackson Smith, Professor of Theater
Dates:April 18-20th, 2013
Location: Hall Auditorium

Laramie, Wyoming, October 7th, 1998. Matthew Shepard, a young homosexual, was harassed, beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in what would become one of the most notorious hate crimes in recent history. The horrendous acts of this night led to the birth of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Hate Crimes Act. In an attempt to humanize the politics of Shepard’s death, Moisés Kauffman and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project immediately traveled to this small town in crisis. The actual words of community members are given voice and new life in an ensemble-based theater of testimony piece. The story of Matthew Shepard, his community, and the company alike reminds us of the violent consequences of bigotry. The Laramie Project urges us to constantly demand social change in a world where we to often ignore our bloodstained history. After all, we can never have too many reminders.