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feb. 19-21, 2021


By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Ella Spoelstra ’21

Feb. 19-20 | 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 21 | 3 p.m.

In Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl reimagines the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, this time through the eyes of its heroine. After dying on her wedding day, Eurydice journeys to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her life and her lost love, Orpheus. Heartbroken at the loss of his wife, Orpheus subsequently pursues Eurydice to the underworld and bargains with The Lord of the Underworld to bring her back to the land of the living. In this story though, Sarah Ruhl proposes a more complex version of events. The traditional myth suggests that on the way out of the underworld, Orpheus looked back at Eurydice out of his own fear that she was falling behind. But, what if this was not the case? What if Eurydice’s return was not accidental, but instead by design? With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists, and breathtaking visual effects, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story.

March 5-6, 2021

Away From the Mirror

Choreographed by Carthage students

March 5-6 | 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 performance.

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.

march 25-28, 2021 

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Music and lyrics by David Yabez
Book by Jeffrey Lane
Directed by Herschel Kruger
Music Direction by Jeremy Ryan Mossman

March 25-26 | 7:30 p.m.
March 27 | 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
March 28 | 3 p.m.

A musical adaptation of Pedro Almodóvar’s beloved film of the same name, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is a story about women and the men who pursue them…finding them, losing them, needing them, and rejecting them. At the center is Pepa, whose friends and lovers are blazing a trail through 1980’s Madrid. Along with Pepa, there’s her missing (possibly philandering) lover, Ivan; his ex-wife of questionable sanity, Lucia; their son, Carlos; Pepa’s friend, Candela and her terrorist boyfriend; a power-suited lawyer; and a taxi driver who dispenses tissues, mints, and advice in equal proportion. When Pepa’s friend Candela ends up quite literally “on the verge” and lives begin to unravel, the women must join together and work towards a future with — or without — the men who have both loved and plagued them. Mayhem and comic madness abound, balanced by the empathy and heart that are trademarks of Almodóvar’s work.

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown originally premiered on Broadway in 2010 with a powerhouse cast including Patti LuPone, Sheri Rene Scott, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Laura Benanti. This production will give Carthage music theatre students the opportunity to work on a technically challenging, upbeat score while stretching their acting capabilities to embody zany, flawed, and very human characters. Add in Latin-infused choreography and vibrant colors, and you’ve got a show that is certainly not to be missed!


  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2021), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit The Aspire Center.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors, and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from marketing to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $22,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about Intellectual Foundations.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked in the Top 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …