Plays written to provoke thought and dialogue.
THE AMISH PROJECT
by Jessica Dickey
Oct. 4-5, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 6, 2pm
Originally a one-woman show, the Amish Project is a fictional exploration of the Nickel Mines schoolhouse shooting in an Amish community, and the path of forgiveness and compassion forged in its wake. This show is not only moving, but really makes you consider the different perspectives surrounding tragedy and how it affects every single person involved.
by Jennifer Haley
Nov. 15-16, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 17, 2 p.m.
In a suburban subdivision with identical houses, parents find their teenagers addicted to an online horror video game. The game setting? A subdivision with identical houses. The goal? Smash through an army of zombies to escape the neighborhood for good. But as the lines blur between virtual and reality, both parents and players realize that fear has a life of its own.
The play is an allegorical accounting of the life of Everyman, who represents all mankind. In the course of action, Everyman tries to convince other characters to accompany him in the hope of improving his account. All the characters are also allegorical, each personifying an abstract idea such as Fellowship, (material) Goods, and Knowledge. The conflict between good and evil is dramatized by the interactions between characters. Everyman is being singled out because it is difficult for him to find characters to accompany him on his pilgrimage. Everyman eventually realizes through his pilgrimage that he is essentially alone, despite all the personified characters that were supposed to be necessities and friends to him. Everyman learns that when you are brought to death and placed before God, all you are left with is your own good deeds.
BULL IN A CHINA SHOP
by Bryna Turner
Inspired by the real letters between Mary Woolley and Jeanette Marks spanning from 1899 to 1937, this fast-paced comedy asks: What is revolution? What does it mean to be at odds with the world? How do we fulfill our potential? And how the hell do we grow old together? In this play we follow two academics who work at a women's college and how their relationship ebbs and flows as they try to ignite a feminist revolution. This play not only gives insight into the challenges of their relationship, but also the politics behind the education system and what happens when you sacrifice integrity for glory.