Aug. 9, 2012
Fall Drama Productions Announced
The Catholic University of America Department of Drama presents the following performances for the fall semester. Unless otherwise noted, performances take place at the Hartke Theatre on the Catholic University campus at 3801 Harewood Road, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20016.
By Henrik Ibsen
Adapted by Michael Meyer
Directed by Eleanor Holdridge
Considered scandalous and subversive in its day, Ibsen’s classic examines the life and psyche of an ambitious and talented woman trapped in a loveless marriage by obligation and society who yearns to break free of her dull existence as a traditional housewife in 1890s Norway. Oct. 11, 12, and 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 13 and 14 at 2 p.m.
By Katherine Clair
Directed by Kathleen Akerley
M.F.A. Playwriting Thesis
When small-town politics and personal relationships collide over a proposed restrictive youth dress code, one young woman decides to take a stand, setting mother vs. daughter, friends vs. friend … pants vs. politics! Passionate public campaign becomes a social-media-followed pantless protest movement. Nov. 15, 16, and 17 at 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 17 and 18 at 2 p.m.
Reading and Discussion Series
This fall-through-spring series focuses on new or rarely produced works and contemporary issues, followed by discussion between panelists and the audience, cast, and directors. All readings are free and open to the public, no reservations are necessary. See http://drama.cua.edu/readings.cfm for more information.
• Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been
By Eric Bentley
Directed by Marietta Hedges
During the 1950s, fear of communist influences and infiltrators in America led the House Un-American Activities Committee, headed by Sen. Joe McCarthy, to harass and question prominent figures in the arts and entertainment industry. Bentley focuses on the testimony of anguished witnesses who were forced to make a choice. In addition to post-show discussion, each reading includes a rare taped video interview with the 95-year-old Eric Bentley, renowned theatre critic, playwright, translator, and editor. Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at Theater J, 1529 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC; and on Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. at CUA's Hartke Theatre.