By A.R. Gurney and Directed by Gregory Ramos
Featuring University of Redlands President - Krista Newkirk, SOPA Director - Joe Modica, and UofR Students - Lara Baden & Jakob Anderson
Performance Dates: March 23, 2024
"Love Letters is a tender, tragi-comic, and nuanced examination of the shared nostalgia, missed opportunities, and deep closeness of two lifelong, complicated friends. While spanning five decades and numerous locations, it is staged simply, with two actors behind desks, letting their words describe a world of dreams, hopes, and years of emotions."
This is a one-night only special fundraising performance for the School of Performing Arts.
by Lisa Loomer and directed by Allison Scarlet Jaye
Performance Dates: April 5 & 7, 13 & 14, 2024
Synopsis: Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion, is still fiercely debated over 40 years later, and was recently overturned in 2022. The play, ROE reveals the divergent personal journeys of lawyer Sarah Weddington and plaintiff Norma McCorvey ("Jane Roe") in the years following the fateful decision. ROE is shocking, humorous, poignant, and brings urgent history into the here and now, a time when once again a woman's right to choose is unprotected. Acclaimed writer Lisa Loomer reflects the polarization in America today while illuminating the heart and passion each side has for its cause. ROE received the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, the PEN Award, and is currently under option for a Broadway Production.
A musical comedy
Music and Lyrics by Jeff Bowen, Book by Hunter Bell
Directed by Gregory Ramos
Performance Dates: May 30 & 31, 2024
This show will be the final presentation of a May semester special topics course: Musical Theatre Process. Audition information coming soon!
Synopsis: Jeff and Hunter, two self-confessed nobodies in New York, make a pact: They will write an original musical and submit it to a festival. The only catch? The deadline is in three weeks! They gather their two actress friends, Susan and Heidi, and their accompanist and music director, Larry, on the keys. With the full team assembled, Jeff and Hunter hit another roadblock-- what should they write about? Jeff and Hunter decide to follow the old adage, “write what you know,” and set off on a unique musical adventure: writing a musical about writing a musical. As the deadline looms, insecurities creep in and jealousies flare. Will the team succeed with their musical? Could it even win a Tony?! In this intelligent, playful, lovable new musical, the audience is treated to an inside look at the tough work of being a creative artist. Frequently hilarious, occasionally heartbreaking, and thoroughly inspiring, [title of show] is a love story celebrating individuality and creativity.
Performance Dates: Oct. 27-29 & Nov. 3-5, 2023
Synopsis: In the final scene of Ibsen's 1879 groundbreaking masterwork, Nora Helmer makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children and begin a life on her own. This climactic event - when Nora slams the door on everything in her life - instantly propelled world drama into the modern age. In A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2, many years have passed since Nora's exit. Now, there's a knock on that same door. Nora has returned. But why? And what will it mean for those she left behind? Through searing comedy and keen insight the play explores ongoing expectations and assumptions about gender roles and the ongoing complexities for women in society. Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for Best Play.
Nov. 4th - Lara Baden & Jakob Anderson will perform as Nora and Torvald during this performance.VIEW PROGRAM
Composed by Engelbert Humperdinck and Directed by Cindy Snyder, Co-Direction by Malcolm Swan
Performance Dates: Feb. 2 & 3, 2024
Premiere: Weimar, Court Theater, 1893. Originally conceived as a small-scale vocal entertainment for children, Hansel and Gretel resonates with both adults and children, and has become one of the most successful fairy-tale operas ever created. The composer, Engelbert Humperdinck, was a protégé of Richard Wagner's, and the opera’s score is flavored with the sophisticated musical lessons he learned from his idol while maintaining a charm and a light touch that were entirely Humperdinck’s own. The opera acknowledges the darker features present in the Brothers Grimm version of the familiar folk tale yet presents them within a frame of grace and humor. The School of Performing Arts production features exciting visuals, a full orchestra, and the wonderful voices of talented U of R students!
Audition Information for the School of Performing Arts - Department of Theatre and Dance can be found here.