Theatre & Dance Performances
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OCT. 1-3, OCT. 7-9, 2021
By Harold Pinter
Directed by Prof. Herschel Kruger and Caitlin Preuss ’23
Oct. 1-2, Oct. 7-9 | 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 3 | 3 p.m.
Written in 1978, “Betrayal” tells the story of Robert and Emma: a happily married couple in the UK. The pair go to work, raise their children, and spend time with their dearest friends: Jerry and his wife, Judith. At least, that’s what Robert thinks. In reality, Emma and Jerry are in a long-term affair.
Harold Pinter manipulates time, jumping back and forth over the span of seven years. Audience members follow quick-witted dialogue through this journey of hidden feelings, secret meetings, and lies upon lies. “Betrayal” explores the mind-boggling question: What’s more important, passion or loyalty?
“Betrayal” has been performed professionally all over the world since its premiere on Broadway in 1980. The production has received plenty of critical acclaims, including Tony Award nominations for both the original production and the revivals on Broadway in 2000 and 2019. The intimate cast size allows for Carthage theatre students Natalie Lall ’22, Nicky Caldwell ’23, Benjamin Cisco ’24, and Becca Robertson ’23 to explore intense dialogue, intricate character relationships, and emotional depth in a way they never have before.
NOV. 5-7, NOV. 11-13, 2021
New Play Initiative: ‘Patience and Fortitude’
By Arlene Hutton
Directed by Mary MacDonald Kerr
Nov. 5-6, Nov. 11-13 | 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 7 | 3 p.m.
What if the internet goes down completely? In a post-pandemic world, a group of diverse upperclassmen finds out when they are trapped in a house in the woods during spring break. Strange happenings begin to take place, including an unexpected blizzard. With no knowledge of what is happening on the outside and no way to find out, social dynamics break down and secrets and lies begin to come to light. In “Patience and Fortitude,” anything can happen, and chaos is always just around the corner.
Since 2009, Carthage theatre has been commissioning acclaimed playwrights to create plays and work with Carthage students in the New Play Initiative program. These playwrights’ accolades include winning Oscars, Emmys, Jeffs, Obies, Golden Globes, and more. Through the New Play Initiative, students have the opportunity to make history and to experience the joys and challenges that come with being a part of the creative process. The production is not just a new play for the season, but a brand new play for the world of theatre. Many of these productions have gone on to win honors and awards at the annual Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. This year’s esteemed playwright for the 2021 New Play Initiative, “Patience and Fortitude,” is Arlene Hutton.
DEC. 10-12, 2021
‘NOTHING TOO small’
Directed by Prof. Stacy Pottinger
Dec. 10-11 | 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 12 | 3 p.m.
The annual fall dance production, this year titled “NOTHING TOO small,” provides opportunities for Carthage dancers to embody various dance works and present them on the Carthage mainstage. These dance works include those created for them by guest artists, traditional works that have been re-staged and given new life, and new insights by Carthage performers and students. These dedicated dancers and choreographers work diligently over the course of the fall semester to bring together their show, starting with dancer auditions early in September. “NOTHING TOO small” is inspired by the idea that there is nothing too small to be noticed and valued within dance. Based on Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process, a method for experiencing and responding to art, in this case specifically dance, this year’s fall dance concert invites audiences to find connections in the details. This year’s concert is a focus on the tether between movement and the expression of what it means to be alive.
The show features choreography and artistic direction by Prof. Stacy Pottinger, performances by Carthage dance minors, the program’s emerging choreographers, and regional and national guest artists including Jenna Jozefowski and Jenny Barreca.
FEB. 25-27, MARCH 3-7, 2022
By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Nora Carroll
Feb. 25-26, March 3-5 | 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 27 | 3 p.m.
“The Revolutionists” centralizes around four real women who lived during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror (1793-1794). These courageous and daring women, playwright Olympe De Gouge, assassin Charlotte Corday, iconic former queen (and fan of ribbons) Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle, are on a mission to change the world, starting with fighting for freedom and equality in Paris. Both darkly hilarious and rebellious, “The Revolutionists” is about legacy, terrorism, feminism, and friendship. In this play, laughs will be had just as much as heads are sure to roll. Armed with wit and bravery, these women will have you chanting “liberté, égalité, and sororité!” from your seat.
MARCH 24-26, 2022
By Nick Payne
Directed by Joshua Bryan Maloney ’22
March 24-26 | 7:30 p.m.
A chance encounter at a party brings together a beekeeper, Roland, and a theoretical physicist, Marianne. But in that single moment, the infinite possibilities of what the relationship can become unfold. Any one choice can lead to a new outcome: a deeply meaningful relationship, an affair, or strangers who meet only once. In this powerful and moving story, Marianne and Roland’s relationship explores all the possible paths a lifetime can have and the power of decisions. “Constellations” is about exploring the lines between friendship and romance; it’s about free will, quantum multiverse theory, and even honey.
APRIL 1-2, 2022
‘Away From the Mirror’
Choreographed by Carthage dance students
April 1-2 | 7:30 p.m.
The Theatre Department presents its annual student dance concert, “Away From the Mirror,” providing Carthage’s emerging artists opportunities to develop their inspirations through dance, to share in the development of their own production, and to engage in community discourse. The program will feature new dance works developed by dance minors in a less-produced revelation of the dance-making process. At the beginning of each new school year, dance minors are invited to share their ideas for new dance works, the most promising of which are selected for inclusion in the annual “Away From the Mirror” concert. Throughout the fall semester, students then work both individually and with faculty to develop and hone their choreographic processes, and in the spring semester, they audition a cast for their work.
Throughout the spring semester, student choreographers then teach their dancers their new pieces while undergoing a stringent review process by an advisory committee of faculty and students. Students are encouraged throughout the process to step “away from the mirror,” turning their focus away from the outward appearance of their work and the common “standards” of dance, and instead onto the intrinsic values and resonances of their movement. The result is a beautiful exploration of what it means to be a dancer today, what it takes to bring new dance work to life, and what drives us to dance in the first place.
APRIL 7-9, 2022
By Nina Segal
Directed by Natalie Lall ’22
April 7-8 | 7:30 p.m.
April 9 | 3 p.m.
In Nina Segal’s riveting play, “Big Guns,” two characters, simply and anonymously named “One” and “Two,” live in a world in which fear is inescapable. “Big Guns” is about the moment just before — the moment before violence, the moment before the very thing to be feared rears its ugly head. It’s the prickling at the back of your neck, the faint taste of blood in your mouth, the threat of uncertainty. Did you really hear that haunting sound? Is that suspicious shape in the darkness innocent or something sinister? Part drama, part dark comedy, and another part an experimental political play, “Big Guns” ruthlessly and honestly looks humanity in the eyes and asks us to examine how and why we have become so desensitized to violence. How even as the endless catalogs of horrors and tragedies pile up in our world and on our screens, we have begun to barely feel them.
APRIL 29-MAY 1, MAY 5-7, 2022
Directed by Prof. Martin McClendon
Music direction by Prof. Matthew Hougland
April 29-30, May 5-7 | 7:30 p.m.
May 1 | 3 p.m.
William Shakespeare was the hottest writer during the Renaissance. Women and men alike wanted him and wanted to be him. Everyone that is, except Nick Bottom. Nick and his brother Nigel run a theatre troupe too, but their efforts are always overshadowed by Shakespeare. Nick hits his last straw when Shakespeare steals their idea of performing “Richard II” before the troupe has a chance to perform it. In an attempt to overthrow Willy’s fame, Nick pays a soothsayer to predict what the next famous play will be, so he can produce it before the bard does. The soothsayer reveals that the next big theatrical trend will be: a musical!
The play’s wild hilarity and never-ending tunes allow for a theatrical experience filled to the brim with joy. Nick and Nigel navigate the writing of a musical, the meaning of love, and the feeling of inferiority, all with a sarcastic edge.
“Something Rotten!” originally premiered on Broadway in 2015 with an all-star cast, including Brian D’Arcy James, Christian Borle, John Cariani, Heidi Blickenstaff, and Kate Reinders. With a booming score, intricate characters, and dancing galore, this show will be sure to have you tapping your toes long after the performance is over. Audience members of all ages will enjoy the upbeat and wild energy of this award-winning musical!