The Catholic University of America

Dec. 20, 2012

Drama Department Sets Spring 2013 Performances

The Catholic University of America Department of Drama presents the following performances for the 2013 spring semester. Unless otherwise noted, performances take place at the Hartke Theatre on the Catholic University campus: 3801 Harewood Road, N.E., Washington D.C.

For more information on these events or to purchase tickets, visit, email, or call the box office at 202-319-4000. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for senior citizens, CUA alumni, faculty, and staff; and $5 for students.

Brutus: An abridged version of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar
Directed and edited by Allison Fuentes
M.F.A. Directing Thesis

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Feb. 21, 22, and 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23 and 24 at 2 p.m.
Location: Hartke Theatre

There is a tide in the affairs of men…and we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures – Brutus, Julius Caesar, Act 4, Scene 3

Great words and noble sentiments from a respected and honorable citizen, yet in most modern accounts Brutus lands on the wrong side of history, remembered best as Rome’s most notorious daggered assassin. This abridged version of Julius Caesar refocuses the classic tale from Brutus’ viewpoint, revealing the path toward his ultimate “call to fate” and contemplating how thin the line can be between hero and villain.

Spooky Action at a Distance
Directed by Jerry Whiddon
Written by Matthew Buckley Smith
M.F.A. Playwriting Thesis

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, March 21, 22, and 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24 at 2 p.m.
Location: Callan Theatre

Love, War, and Quantum Physics. In 1971, with the Vietnam War still grinding on, Simon Pirklowski plays it safe, studying physics at Berkeley to avoid the draft. But when he befriends a shady bartender with a nasty temper, and agrees to tutor his beautiful wife, Simon may learn just how exciting uncertainty can be. Contains strong language and adult situations.

Ken Ludwig’s Shakespeare in Hollywood
Winner 2004 Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play
Directed by Jay Brock

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, April 18, 19, 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21 at 2 p.m.

Lights, Camera, Shakespeare! It’s 1934 and Shakespeare’s most famous fairies, Oberon and Puck, magically materialize on the Hollywood set of Max Reinhardt’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Immediately smitten by the glitz and glamor of showbiz, the two fairies get their big break on the silver screen playing (who else?) themselves. With a little help from blond bombshells, movie moguls, and arrogant “asses,” the mischievous magic of old Hollywood sparkles. Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., New York.

75th Anniversary Celebration
The drama department will celebrate its founding in 1937 by Rev. Gilbert V. Hartke, O.P., and 75 years of excellence in theatre with the 2012-13 Anniversary Season culminating in a two-day event at Hartke Theatre filled with performances, festivities, honors, and a gala reception.

Friday, April 26: Pre-show reception and 8 p.m. special performance of Shakespeare in Hollywood. Tickets are $40.

Saturday, April 27: 75th Anniversary Event, gala reception, and open house starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $75.


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