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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!