FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014, 8 p.m.
SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014, 8 .m.
Free and unticketed.
Location: Warner Main Space
As Leila Goldstein (‘14) puts on a set of headphones, she inhabits the words and worlds of women affected by the BRCA mutation, a genetic mutation which greatly increases a woman’s risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. Based on interviews Goldstein conducted, the stories the women tell expose both the difficulties and fears linked to these cancers, but also how personal health issues intertwine with family secrets, generational differences, and divergent memories. Complete with live original music by Valerie Perczek ('14), Hear Say is a verbatim style, solo performance full of the intimate, yet immediate visceral impact of documentary theater.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2014, 8 p.m.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2014, 8 p.m.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2014, 8 p.m.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2013, 8 p.m.
Sarah Rosengarten '14, director
“Look on any exit as being an entrance somewhere else,” says the Player to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. These two minor characters in Shakespeare’s Hamlet take center stage in Tom Stoppard’s hilarious, yet meditative Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, directed by Sarah Rosengarten (’14). The two find themselves at the mercy of meta-theatrical circumstances beyond their control. While constantly disoriented by their tragicomical situation, even confusing themselves for the other, the pair engage in slapstick-like games and musings in order to understand their roles in the play and the world at large. Ultimately, their various diversions and contemplations provide a comical take on how much control we have over our own destiny.
THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014, 8 p.m.
FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 2014, 8 p.m.
SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2013, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
SUNDAY, MARCH 9 2013, 2 p.m.
Zachary Weinberg '14, director
Three costumes hang on the wall and three sisters stuck in their tales of loss and love. Every day, Breda and Clara, now in their sixties, re-enact the night at The New Electric Ballroom, when hopes of a whirlwind romance turned sour and the sisters’ relationship was forever altered. Though their younger sister Ada acts as a warden to this self-inflicted prison, she dreams of a future, of stories yet to come. Directed by Zachary Weinberg (‘14), The New Electric Ballroom by Enda Walsh is a play charged with fear, nostalgia and the vulnerability of falling in love. In his rich language and idiosyncratic characters, Walsh brings the humor and dark undertones of classic Irish drama to the modern stage. The ballroom has lost its glitz over time and the grimier details have started to show through the red lipstick.
THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2014, 8 p.m.
FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014, 8 p.m.
SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2014, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2014, 2 p.m.
Sophie Weisskoff '14, director
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013, 8 p.m.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2013, 8 p.m.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2013, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2013, 2 p.m.
Taylor Greenthal '15, director
An empty bowl of soup. A dead man in a cafe. A ringing cell phone. Step into the curious world of Jean, a lonely young woman in search of meaning amongst the seemingly mundane. After impulsively answering a dead man’s cell phone, Jean is whisked into the private life of a man she never knew, ultimately finding a new beginning for herself in his ended existence. Yet as she attempts to bring closure to his life, the surprising details of his character emerge, forcing Jean to question all that she values. Playful, poetic, and haunting, Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone is a relevant exploration of both the deep isolation and connection enabled by technology.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013, 8 p.m.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013, 8 p.m.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2013, 8 p.m.
Annie Obermeyer ’14, director
As part of the weekend-long celebration Drama in Every Human Life: The Art of Romulus Linney ’53, the theater department presents five of the late author’s one-act plays: Can Can, Claire de Lune, Stars, Juliet, and Songs of Love.
Director Annie Obermeyer ’14, says she chose these five plays to give a taste of the prolific Linney’s immense range. The stories vary in tone—some are abstract, some are literal. They also are diverse in setting; from a porch in Florida to the balcony of a Manhattan penthouse, the interior of New York theater to a Southern Institute for the Aging. Yet despite these aesthetic differences, each story explores loneliness and connectedness, the sweet pain of nostalgia, and most importantly, what it means to say goodbye.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2013, 8 p.m.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2013, 8 p.m.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2013, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $3 in Advance, $5 At the Door
Call (440) 775-8169 or visit CTS
Location: Studio 3, Warner Gymnasium
Abigail Barr '15, director
Visit Warner's Studio Three as director Abigail Barr ('15) transforms the space into Mary's acting studio at the local community center of Annie Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation. A group of disparate students from recent divorcees to former actresses enter the classroom with expectations to match - leading roles, a break from reality. As group movement exercises transition into more intimate sharing of personal memories and passions, they form a bond that reaches past the mirrored walls of the studio, finding emotional truth in reality through the fictional world of acting.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2013, 8 p.m.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2013, 10:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2013, 2 & 8 p.m.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2013, 2 p.m.
Tickets: FREE ADMISSION
Location: Little Theater (general admission, directions)
Now in its third iteration, The Word 'n' The Beat: The Color of Cool returns this winter with an explosion of poetry, spoken word, jazz, rap, hip hop dance, gospel and theater. Devised over the course of the fall semester in Associate Professor Caroline Jackson-Smith's Black Arts Workshop, this year's ensemble explores the Oberlin Black experience through the lens of recent political strife and resilience. Transforming Little Theater with traditional African cloth, current newspaper clippings, and graffiti illustrated by students and audience members, these pieces rooted in the historical and personal form a vibrant and stunning collage. Joined by student guest artists Mike Braugher ('14) and Gynarva Monroe ('14), this fall's The Word 'n' The Beat promises to be a truly singular artistic experience.