Welcome to the Theater Division!
Our 2015-2016 season promises another year of excellent theater. Elbows Off the Table, a new work written and directed by Rebecca VerNooy, begins our Athens main stage season by mixing movement and text to explore a girl’s path to womanhood. In Margaret Atwood’s adaptation of her novella, The Penelopiad, directed by David Haugen, Odysseus’ wife Penelope tells her side of the Odyssey legend. Our production is choreographed by Madeleine Scott, newly retired long time Director of the Dance Division and first Director of the merged School of Dance, Film, and Theater. Our final production of fall, Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Dennis Delaney, is generally considered one of Shakespeare's best comedies because it combines elements of robust hilarity with more serious meditations on honor, shame, and politics.
Spring semester begins with Urinetown, by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis, directed by Daniel Dennis, our first official co-production with the School of Music, with Lisa Foerster as Musical Director, Steven Huang as Band Leader and Christi Camper Moore choreographing. Urinetown satirizes the legal system, capitalism, corporate mismanagement, and municipal politics. Lynn Nottage’s subtle and intricate play, Intimate Apparel, directed by Shelley Delaney, was inspired by her own great grandmother’s life. Finally, we end the 2015-16 season with the 22st annual Seabury Quinn Jr. Playwrights’ Festival featuring two brand new plays by our graduate playwrights in rotating repertory.
By summer 2016 we plan to launch our new summer theater, christened Tantrum Theater, in Dublin, Ohio so that we can offer our students year ‘round theater experience, continuing the tradition started by Elizabeth Evans Baker in 1956. Stay tuned for details.
Please join us and share in our passion to make great theater!