2007 - 08 Performance Season

FALL 2007

THE ROPE by Albert Camus

Translated and directed by Nico Izambard.
Sept 28, 29, and Oct 4, 5, 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Sept 30 at 2:00 p.m.
Studio Theater, LH 115

Les Justes tells the true story of a group of terrorists in 1905 Russia, their attempt and success in killing the Grand Duke Serge and the consequences of their actions, along with the forbidden love story between main characters Yanek and Dora. Camus explores the motivations behind killing people in the name of revolution and the debate on how to eradicate misery. Albert Camus received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957.

Izambard is a French citizen and a graduate International Student at PSU. His translation and direction of THE ROPE is in partial fulfillment of his candidacy for the Master of Arts in Theater Arts.


Director: Devon Allen
Designers: Glenn Gauer . Bruce Keller . Sandra Zodnik
Preview: Thursday, Nov 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Performances: Friday - Sunday Nov 9-11, Fri-Sat at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2:00 p.m.; Wednesday - Saturday, Nov 14-17 at 7:30, Lincoln Performance Hall

*David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy exposes a dog-eat-dog world, where a few small-time, ruthless, real-estate salesmen scramble for their fair share of the American Dream. At once hilarious and disturbing, the play presents a Darwinian battle between men who scheme, cheat, curse, plead, steal, despair and connive in an attempt to get "on the board", each revealing a seamy side of human nature. The board is the office chart that marks who is ahead in the sales race, peddling vacation property. Number one gets a Cadillac, and someone might get the ax. Premiered in London, it was the winner of the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and 4 Tony Awards, and in 2005, it won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.

*Mature language.


A staged reading of NOBIS by Josh Gross.

Monday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theater. FREE


Student choreography projects in performance, in collaboration with students in lighting design and music classes. The concert inludes a wide range of dance styles and genres. Under the direction of Judy Patton. L

incoln Performance Hall, Monday, December 3, 2007, 7:30 p.m. FREE

Choreographers: Courtney Catelli, Lauren Edison, Celine Geday, Rose Kness, Katelyn Kollinzas, Bruce Leomiti, Shauna Marx, Ara Nelson, Chris Rivera, Nicole Sherrell.


SAVAGE IN LIMBO by John Patrick Shanley


Directed by Georgette Dashiell
Scenic Design by Laura Rogers
January 11 - 12, and 17 - 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Matinee on Sunday, January 13 at 2:00 p.m.
Studio Theater, LH 115
Admission $5.00; students $3.00 at the door

Limbo: a state of oblivion, confinement, or transition. Five long-lost Catholic school friends meet unexpectedly in a Bronx bar, now at 32, in his and her own state of limbo. "Savage in Limbo" is a smart, witty look at the lives of five Irish and Italian Americans who grew up in the Bronx, and their search to break free of the limitations of their respective cultures and upbringings. A virgin, a promiscuous mother, and an alcoholic would-be nun collide with an "Italian stallion" who wants to date ugly women, and a man named Murk in a world that is ready to burst open at the seams. Famous for his 1987 Academy Award winning screenplay "Moonstruck" and his 2005 Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Doubt," John Patrick Shanley delves deep into the hopes, desires, and disappointments of life in the Bronx.

Georgette Dashiell's direction of Savage in Limbo is in partial fulfillment of her candidacy for the Master of Arts in Theater Arts.


Direction by Karin Magaldi
Designs by Glenn Gauer . Bruce Keller . Sandra Zodnik
Movement Director/Choreography: Carolyn Holzman
Puppet Design: Shae Uisna
Music: Sylvia Hackathorn
Preview: Thursday, February 21, at 7:30 p.m.
Performances: Friday - Sunday; February 22-23 Fri-Sat at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2:00 p.m.; Wednesday - Saturday, February 27 - March 1 at 7:30 p.m., Lincoln Performance Hall

The stage version of Salman Rushdie's acclaimed novel is an absorbing theatrical experience that will entertain and enchant. Rushdie, in hiding and with writer's block after a fatwah was placed upon him, started writing Haroun and the Sea of Stories as a bedtime story for his 10 year-old son, but in doing so he created a stunning allegory for story lovers of all ages. As Rushdie explains it: "A terrible thing happens to a father, the child blames himself and wishes to rescue the father." Set in 'a city so ruinously sad that it had forgotten its name', it is the magical tale of a master storyteller who loses the ability to tell stories and whose son, Haroun, embarks on extraordinary adventures to restore his father's special talent. Adapted by Tim Supple and David Tushingham for the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain in 1998. Photo: ©Royal National Theatre.


Student Projects From Directing II (Free) at Noon in the Studio Theatre (LH115)
"Abortive" by Caryl Churchill, directed by Bekki Rasmussen
"Mountain Language" by Harold Pinter directed by Dug Martell
"After" by Carol K. Mack and "After You" by Steven Dietz, directed by Rebecca Swearingen
"The Wedding Story" by Julianne Homokay, directed by Tyler Brackhan
"Naomi in the Living Room" by Christopher Durang, directed by Dallas Bryant
"Listeners" by Jane Martin, directed by Anna Zimmerman
"Throwing Your Voice" by Craig Lucas, directed by Alanna Newman
"Let's Go Out Into the Starry Night" by John Patrick Shanley, directed by Patricia Duffin


MEMORY HOUSE by Kathleen Tolan

Directed by Julie Akers
Design by Laura Rogers

One winter night a mother bakes a pie as her daughter tries to finish her college essay. As the deadline looms, unexamined issues of the daughter's adoption from Russia, the rupture of her parents' divorce, and the fear of leaving home break through the surface as her mother cajoles, deflects, and maneuvers around her own feelings of sadness and loss. Unfolding in real time, Memory House is about a young and an older woman who are forced to grapple with the past as they face an uncertain future. A funny and moving story about the complexity of living in the world today.

Studio Theater (LH 115)
April 11-13 and 17 - 19 at 7:30 p.m. and April 14 at 2:00 p.m.


Student dramatic writing projects in day and evening workshop performances, November, February and May in the Studio Theater, 7:30 p.m., FREE


Director: William Tate
Scenic Designer: Glenn Gauer
Costume Designer: Sandra Zodnik
Preview: Thursday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Performances: Friday-Sunday, May 23-25; Fri-Sat at 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2:00 p.m.; Wednesday - Saturday, May 28-31 at 7:30 p.m., Lincoln Performance Hall

In the turbulent times of 1936, the five unmarried Mundy sisters live on a rugged farm outside a small town in Donegal, their lives revolving around Michael, the 8-year old love child of the youngest sister, and the music emanating from their first radio. Dancing at Lughnasa is told from Michael's memories, summoning us back to the summer eve of celebration to the pagan harvest deity Lugh, god of music and light, as the sisters reacquaint themselves with their older brother, Jack, a priest returning home from 25 years as a missionary in Africa. The male presence is compounded when Michael's father unexpectedly arrives for a short sojourn before joining the International Brigade against Franco. In the brief interlude, father forges an awkward bond with son, the hidden wisdom of Jack is revealed, and events spark a celebration of life before it is irrevocably changed forever. This haunting play is Friel's tribute to the spirit and valor of the past and its people.

"...this play does exactly what theater was born to do, carrying both its characters and audience aloft on those waves of distant music and ecstatic release that, in defiance of all language and logic, let us dance and dream..." - New York Times


Student Projects From Movement Performance and Choreography in June in the Studio Theater, TBN, Evenings, 7:30 p.m. Free

SCAPIN by Bill Irwin & Mark O'Donnell

Adapted from Moliere's 325-year-old-farce "Les Fourberies de Scapin" and revolving around the timeless crafty servant, Irwin and O'Donnell have added a millenium spin to the language and action.

A student project from the Movement Performance class,
Performs Friday, Saturday, June 5 and 6 at 7:30 pm
FREE in the Studio Theater.