West Chester University’s Department of Theatre and Dance today announced the 2019/20 season of spectacular dance concerts, thrilling theatrical classics, provocative new works and a groundbreaking musical. For information visit www.wcupa.edu/arts.
Harvey Rovine, chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance says, “We are proud of the high-quality performances that our West Chester students and faculty in the Department of Theatre and Dance bring to our campus. This season, as in years past, there is a little of something for everyone. We invite the entire community to experience for themselves the professional nature of our productions.”
Tickets for all events, with the exception of the Student Written One Acts, are an affordable $12, and can be purchased at www.wcupatix.com. The Student Written One Acts tickets are $5 at the door. All performances take place in one of three state-of-the-art, intimate theatres on West Chester’s campus.
The theatre season opens with William Shakespeare’s classic MACBETH, running October 11 – 19. Consumed by ambition, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. Forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself, Macbeth’s rise to power and plummet to anguish is the subject of one of Shakespeare’s greatest works.
November brings María Irene Fornés’s FEFU AND HER FRIENDS, running November 15 through 21. Written in 1977 by Cuban American playwright Fornés, the play is recognized as a feminist work with an all-female cast. At the play’s start, Fefu lets her seven friends in on an interesting cat-and-mouse game she plays with her offstage husband.
THE VISIT runs February 27 – March 1, 2020. Written by Swiss dramatist Friederich Durranmatt’s in 1956, THE VISIT is about a wealthy woman who returns to her hometown and offers to bail them out of debt under one heinous condition.
The annual STUDENT WRITTEN ONE ACTS are performed from March 27 – 29, 2020. Student-led in every production aspect, this evening of short, original student works reflects the issues and themes of today’s West Chester students.
SPRING AWAKENING, the groundbreaking musical with book & lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik, closes out the season, running April 17 – 26, 2020. The winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, SPRING AWAKENING follows a group of late nineteenth century German students as they navigate teenage self-discovery and coming of age anxiety in their journey from adolescence to adulthood. A powerful celebration of youth and rebellion, SPRING AWAKENING has exhilarated audiences around the world.
The 2019/20 Dance Season includes two works, both in the Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre. The FALL CONCERT on November 9 and 10 includes works by Shannon Bramham, Denise Murphy, Kareem B. Goodwin and Jillian Glace ‘08, all professional guest artists from the Philadelphia area, current WCU dance faculty and select student work. On April 30 and May 1 and 2, the SPRING CONCERT celebrates the creative choreography and design of West Chester University students and faculty in a variety of styles.