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By John Cariani
Directed by Ron Clark
November 7, 8 and 14, 15 at 7:30 p.m.
November 9 at 2 p.m.
On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Almost, Maine is a valentine from the edge with a dose of magic around the border -- a play that may be just weird enough to show us what Love really is all about. Debuting Off-Broadway in 2006, Almost, Maine was featured as one of the best plays of that year.
By Sophie Treadwell
Directed by Janeve West
Feb. 20, 21 and 27, 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 22 at 2 p.m.
Premiering on Broadway in 1928 and inspired by the 1927 murder trial of Ruth Snyder, Machinal is considered one of the greatest and earliest examples of Expressionist Theatre on the American stage. Remaining powerfully relevant today, the story involves Helen, whose entire life has been dictated to her. She follows the rituals that society expects of a woman, however resistant she may feel about them. What unfolds is a gripping drama about the status of women in an increasingly mechanized society, the torture of a loveless marriage, and the consequence of living a life compressed.
This production is intended for mature audiences.
Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition: An Adaptation told through Puppetry, Movement, and Music
A Collaboration between the Cornell theatre Department and NYC's Puppet Kitchen
Directed by guest Artist Emily DeCola
Plumb-Fleming Black Box Theatre
April 24, 25 and May 1, 2 at 7:30 p.m.
April 26 at 2:00
The Cornell Theatre Faculty and Students will work with the award-winning Puppet Kitchen throughout the spring of 2015 to create and perform this adaptation and expression of Modest Mussorgsky's composition Pictures at an Exhibition -- which was inspired by the paintings of architect and artist Viktor Hartmann. Mussorgsky himself described his piece as "seething ... sounds and ideas hang in the air, I am gulping and overeating, and can barely manage to scribble them on paper." Mussorgsky and Hartmann's vibrant journey will come to life in this theatrical collaboration between students and professional artists where movement, music, and puppetry are brought together for an extraordinary experience of story-telling.