The Catholic University of America

Oct. 10, 2008

Catholic University Presents 2008-2009 Drama Season

The Catholic University of America's Department of Drama presents its 2008-2009 schedule of productions at Hartke Theatre. Filled with myth and magic, madness and mayhem, plus moving and humorous stories of love and family, the CUA drama season offers a mix of premieres, classics and contemporary plays.

The following productions take place in Hartke Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday through Sunday, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday and Sunday.

Oct. 16-19
"The Serpent Woman" by Carlo Gozzi
Directed by M.F.A. directing candidate Jay Brock
Gozzi's magical tale of love and redemption is part mythology and part commedia dell'arte. "The Serpent Woman" plunges the theatergoer into a world of fairy kingdoms, heartbreaking betrayal and love triumphant.

Nov. 20-23
"Miranda Is Morning" by M.F.A. playwriting candidate Stephen Spotswood

Directed by Gregg Henry
To put to rest her mother's less-than-peaceful spirit, Miranda agrees to undertake a road trip that will take her across the country and the all-too-thin line between the past and the present, the living and the dead.

Feb. 12-15
"The Duchess of Malfi" by John Webster
Directed by M.F.A directing candidate Ryan Whinnem
Moonlit madness, revenge and passionate love are the setting for this 16th-century ripped-from-
the-headlines story told by one of Shakespeare's greatest contemporaries.

March 26-29
"Squat" by M.F.A. playwriting candidate Stephen Lewis

Directed by Kathleen Akerley
What happens when dysfunctional newlyweds, a single-minded entrepreneur and a small Central American revolution share the same roof? Squat!

April 23-26
"The Dining Room" by A. R. Gurney
Directed by Brad Watkins
A beautiful dining room plays witness to an upper-class lifestyle that is fading into the past. Myriad intertwining and overlapping moments display all the hopes, desires and fears a room can hold.

Catholic University is located at 620 Michigan Ave., N.E., in Washington, D.C. Tickets for each production are $12 full price; $8 for senior citizens and CUA faculty, staff and alumni; and $5 for any student with a valid ID. A full Hartke Theatre season subscription costs $35.

For more information, call 202-319-4000 or visit

MEDIA: To attend and review a performance, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.