2014-15 Theatre and Dance Season at Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall:
The Threepenny Opera (Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill) November 20-23
John Gay’s 18th century musical satire, The Beggar’s Opera, was the first “hit” in the history of the theatre. Brecht’s adaptation of that story, set to the jazz sounds of Kurt Weill, was a sendup of 20th century commerce, and in 1961 became the longest running Off-Broadway musical with 2611 performances. Bobby Darin hit the top of the pop music charts with its feature number of “Mack the Knife” during the show’s initial Off-Broadway run and Louis Armstrong would later cover the same tune with an equally famous recording. Keeping Weill’s music, director Richard Palmer has reset the play for a satirical look at the 21st century business world.
Crowns (Regina Taylor) February 26-March 1
An untimely death sends a troubled teen to her grandmother down south and head-first into a rite of passage into African American history and traditional African culture. Guided by a community of spirit working “hat queens”, her journey provides her with a greater understanding of herself. Based on the indelible portraits created by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry of black women and their church hats, this critically acclaimed medley of music, dance and storytelling simultaneously celebrates identity while demonstrating the importance of family, faith and of course – fashion
An Evening of Dance March 26-29
A concert in which students have the opportunity to explore and develop original choreography performed by their peers in the Orchesis dance company, under the mentorship of W&M Dance faculty
Spring Awakening (Frank Wedekind, tr. Edward Bond) April 23-26
Subtitled A Children’s Tragedy, the first production of this play in 1906 was so incendiary that riots broke out at performances, and the work was subjected to repeated censorship. Later generations have found it a powerful creation, shaped out of the inner experiences of its teenage protagonists. Recently turned into a hit Broadway musical, come see where the original journey began, set against the backdrop of a repressive, draconian and provincial nineteenth-century Germany.
These public performances give our students an important opportunity to refine their skills and knowledge and contribute to the community's cultural arts. Main Stage performances are held in Phi Beta Kappa Hall on the William and Mary campus. Tickets fare available online through the W&M Box Office.
In addition, we offer Second Season performances in the Studio Theatre, Lab Theatre, and Adair Dance Studio which require no tickets but may request a donation. During the summer, our faculty and students participate in the Virginia Shakespeare Festival.