AWAKE AND SING!
by Clifford Odets
Awake and Sing! tells the story of a Jewish-American family living in a small apartment in the Bronx in 1932. Though they all live together, their generational values are different, making real communication almost impossible. The two youngest especially struggle with the fine line between supporting the family’s needs and losing any hope for freedom. How will the Berger family continue to live together when money, age and dreams keep them apart?
September 18th -22nd 8 p.m.
September 22nd 2 p.m.
By Karel Capek
Written in 1921 by Czech playwright Karel Capek, this play coined the term “robot” and was one of the first works of science fiction as we know it. In the play, human beings develop the ability to manufacture massive numbers of robots whose purpose is to work as servants to the human race. The robots, seemingly incapable of human thought or feeling but ever self-improving, eventually rebel against humanity. As the human population dwindles due to widespread infertility, the question of whether the robots can emulate their masters in something more than rational thought hangs in the balance. Contains adult images.
October 23rd-27th 8 p.m.
October 27th 2 p.m.
Book by Doug Wright, Music by Scott Frankel, Lyrics by Michael Korie
The twenty-eight room Grey Gardens, once a glorious mansion in the village of East Hampton, eventually becomes a flea infested prison to its notorious inhabitants. The reclusive aunt and first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, “Big” Edie and her daughter “Little” Edie Bouvier Beale, maintain their eccentricity despite residing in the ruin of their formerly prosperous life. Having been at the forefront of the social register, the women display their distinctive style while struggling with their own dysfunctional relationship and bleak situation. Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
November 6th-10th 8 p.m.
November 10th 2 p.m.
A festival of ten-minute plays directed by JMU Theatre students. Attend both Block A and Block B performances to see all of the plays! Contains adult language and themes.
Block A: November 29th and December 1st at 8 p.m.
Block B: November 30th at 8 p.m. and December 1st at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $4 per performance block ($8 for both Block A and Block B)