William & Mary Department of Theatre and Dance are proud to announce their 96th season!
DANCEVENT featuring Orchesis Modern Dance Company
A concert of original works created by William & Mary dance faculty, and performed by faculty, guest artists, and members of the Orchesis Modern Dance Company.
Music, Book & Story: Steve Martin and Music, Lyrics & Story: Edie Brickell
From Theatrical Rights Worldwide: “Inspired by a true story and featuring the Tony®-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Broadway’s BRIGHT STAR tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past—and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. With beautiful melodies and powerfully moving characters, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion. An uplifting theatrical journey that holds you tightly in its grasp, BRIGHT STAR is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.”
Proof by David Auburn
Recipient of The Tony Award® for Best Play and Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
From Dramatists Play Service: “On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness—or genius—will she inherit?”
An Evening of Dance featuring Orchesis Modern Dance Company
MARCH 30-APRIL 2
An Evening of Dance is an annual concert in which students explore and develop original choreography performed by their peers in the Orchesis Modern Dance Company, under the mentorship of the Dance faculty.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
From Shakespeare’s Globe: “You are cordially invited to the wedding of Duke Theseus of Athens and his Amazonian bride Hippolyta. But before the celebration begins, four star-crossed lovers must sort out their own romantic destinies. Hermia and Lysander are deeply in love, but Hermia’s father wants her to marry Demetrius. Demetrius is pursued by Helena, whose passion goes painfully unrequited. When the Duke tells Hermia that she must obey her father or else die or enter a convent, she and Lysander flee into a nearby wood, where they are followed by Demetrius and Helena. In another part of Athens, a group of artisans – or ‘mechanicals’ – are rehearsing a play to be performed at Theseus’ and Hippolyta’s nuptials. The actors are earnest if not very skillful, and they, too, make plans to rendezvous in the same wood.”
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