Hours: noon-5 p.m. the week of the performance
Phone: 641-269-4444 (Please call during box office hours)
Tickets: Tickets are required for all shows performed in the Wall Performance Lab, the Flanagan Studio Theatre, and Roberts Theatre. The number of tickets available per patron is based on the performance and the venue. All shows are free and open to the public.
The Boy Who Fell From the Roof- by Juliet Jenki
Directed by Gibson Cima
October 8-11 in the Flanagan Studio Theatre
"To die will be an awfully big adventure." – Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie
The Boy Who Fell From the Roof is an elegy for Simon Thomas Lyndsay, a young white gay South African man whose journey toward self-discovery is interrupted by a terrible accident. Through a mix of Brechtian storytelling and realistic scenes, Simon, his best friend, his mother, and his lover--like the king's men in the riddle--try to put the pieces back together again. In contrast to many representations of homosexuals (The Children's Hour, Ode to Billy Joe, and Prayers for Bobby) which feature deeply conflicted, guilty, suicidal protagonists, Simon is well-adjusted, precocious, fiercely intellectual, and not at all ashamed of his newly-discovered gay identity. Against the backdrop of post-apartheid Cape Town, Simon negotiates his mother's conservative concern for him, his tomboyish best friend, Georgina's unrequited love, and the racial politics of dating his mixed-race boyfriend, Leonard. This United States premiere of young South African playwright Juliet Jenkin's The Boy Who Fell From the Roof is a modern-day "fairy" tale that draws on a canon of doomed and gifted adolescent characters from Icarus to Hamlet to Peter Pan.
Translations- By Brian Freil
Directed by Lesley Delmenico
November 19-22 in the Flanagan Studio Theatre
Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
A contemporary classic by Northern Ireland's most famous playwright, Translations is the bittersweet story of two people who fall in love despite not speaking the same language. Set in 1834, at the time of the British military mapping of the Irish landscape and translation of Gaelic place names into English, the play deals with love, loss, change and resistance. It takes place in a rural Irish "hedge school," where rudimentary math and the classics are taught to adults. The play's ensemble is a collection of vivid characters with strongly divergent—and sometimes humorous--opinions about life, their futures, and the English occupation.
The Tempest- By William Shakespere
Directed by Ellen Mease
March 11-13 in Roberts Theatre
Dance Ensemble Spring Showing
Choreographed by Celeste Miller and Daniel Phoenix Singh
April 28-May 1 in the Flanagan Studio Theatre