LEWISBURG, Pa. — William Shakespeare's classic comedy "Twelfth Night" will open the 2008-09 season of theatre and dance performances at Bucknell University.
The play, a tale of unrequited love and mistaken identity complete with a happy ending, will be presented Oct. 24 – 27, and directed by Matthew Toronto, visiting assistant professor of theatre.
Spring semester theatre productions include "The Children's Hour" by Lillian Hellman, a tragic drama that exposes the destructive power of slander and ignorance, directed by Bucknell senior Joseph DeMetro, and "Blood Wedding" by Federico Garcia Lorca, a modern classic based on a true story of passion and betrayal, directed by Anjalee Deshpande-Nadkarni, a new member of the theatre faculty.
"These classic plays will showcase the skills of a guest artist, a senior theatre major, and a new acting/directing faculty member," said Bob Gainer, associate professor of theatre at Bucknell. "We welcome their contribution to our artistic season of plays."
In conjunction with the department of theatre and dance, the Bucknell Dance Company will present two mainstage productions: the fall dance concert is scheduled for Dec. 5 and 6 in the Powers Theatre, and the spring concert April 24 and 25 in the Weis Center. Dance faculty Er-Dong Hu and Kelly Knox will bring a vibrant mix of dance styles with new works by faculty, guest artists and student choreographers.
In addition, the department of theatre and dance will offer theatre, dance and choreographers showcases, and master classes and workshops with guest artists.
Highlights include "A Shakespeare Improvisation" in September; Cocktail Theatre one-act plays in December; "Mud" by Maria Irene Fornes in February; "A Children's Musical Theatre" to be performed in McDonnell Amphitheatre in April; and "Theatre of the Absurd: Bits and Pieces."
Guest artists residencies being considered include Elizabeth Dowd, Japanese Noh performer; Joel Gori, puppeteer and improv artist; Simone Ferro, contemporary ballet choreographer; Teresa Chapman, modern choreographer; Mary Knesh, percussionist and composer; and Shellie Cash, former Bucknell dance faculty and choreographer.
For more information, link to the season brochure on the theatre and dance website.
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