Our Country’s Good
2010-2011 Theatre season opens with “Our Country’s Good”
The University of Redlands 2010-2011 Theatre season opens with the 1988 Olivier Award for Best Play, “Our Country’s Good,” by Timberlake Wertenbaker.
“Our Country’s Good,” based on the historical novel by Thomas Keneally, tells the story of convicts and Royal Marines sent to Australia in the late 1780’s as part of the first penal colony there.
It follows Second Lieutenant Ralph Clark’s attempts to produce George Farquhar’s comedy, “The Recruiting Officer,” with a cast of male and female convicts. The play focuses on the class system in the convict camp and explores themes including punishment, the Georgian judicial system, and the idea that it is possible for “theatre to be a humanizing force.”
Live music is featured in the play which is a fascinating mix of history, philosophy, literature, and theatre, drawn from a significant historical event with real historical characters.
University of Redlands faculty Matt Rafferty, history; Bill Rocque, sociology & anthropology; and Jennifer Tilton, race & ethnic studies, will lead a post-show panel discussion, “Illuminations,” on opening night Thursday, Nov. 11. The show begins at 8 p.m., with discussion to follow, in the Frederick Loewe Theatre, Theatre Arts building.
The production will include a special outreach component for high schools once again under the sponsorship of Target Stores.
Director: Steve Shade
Scenic & lighting designer: Trevor Norton
Costume designer: Nephelie Andonyadis
Performance Times: 8 p.m., Thursday, Friday, Saturday –Nov. 11, 12 and 13.
2 p.m., Sunday – Nov. 14.
Location: University of Redlands Frederick Loewe Theatre, Theatre Arts Building
(Between Colton and Citrus Avenues)
Ticket Prices: Seating is limited, so reserve your tickets early!
General admission- $10
Seniors and University of Redlands students, faculty and staff $6
To Reserve Tickets: The Frederick Loewe Theatre accepts reservations by phone. Call the Theatre Arts office at (909) 748-8028 to reserve your tickets.
To Purchase Tickets: The box office window accepts cash, check, and credit card payments and opens a half hour prior to show time. Those who have made reservations by phone should be at the theatre no later than 15 minutes before show time.
For General Information: For further information please contact the University of Redlands Theatre Arts Department at (909) 748-8028
Related Activities Offered at the University: Panel Discussion with Redlands faculty, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 11 in the Frederick Loewe Theatre, Theatre Arts Building.
Target Sponsored High School Outreach performance, with question/answer to follow on
Monday, Nov. 15.