2013-14 Mainstage Season
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By Jennifer Fawcett
Directed by Guest Artist Leda Hoffmann
Plumb-Fleming Studio Theatre
Oct. 10-12 at 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 13 at 2 p.m.
Co-produced with Riverside Theatre
It's 1606 and the witch craze has come to London. King James is on the throne and we are privy to the birth of the profession of Physician and witness to its clash with the traditional forms of medicine practiced by midwives. Superstition, science, religion and politics all meet in the birthing room where accusations of witchcraft overturn hundreds of years of tradition as the new male doctors fight to replace the old female midwives. While some were afraid of the unknown, others were embracing and encouraging the dawn of the Scientific Revolution. Birth Witches explores the ongoing battle over the politics of birth that began over 400 years ago and continues today.
This world premiere is mounted as a co-production with Iowa City’s Riverside Theatre. This production is intended for mature audiences.
The Elephant Man
By Bernard Pomerance
Directed by Jim Van Valen
Feb.21, 22, 28 and March 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 23 at 2 p.m.
Winner of the 1979 Tony Award for Best Play, Bernard Pomerance's The Elephant Man is based on the life of Joseph Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century and was exhibited as a "human curiosity" named the Elephant Man. The play explores the relationship between Merrick, a victim of rare skin and bone diseases who has become the star carnival attraction in traveling side shows, and Frederick Treves, the celebrated young physician at London's Whitechapel hospital, who takes him under his care. Merrick is introduced to London society and slowly evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy only to be denied his ultimate dream, to become a fully expressed and complete human being.
The Elephant Man offers an examination of the lines between charity and exploitation, a melding of the spiritual and physical worlds, and a challenge to us to find beauty in all its many forms. This production is intended for mature audiences.
Here and Now – A Devised Piece
Directed by Janeve West
April 25, 26 and May 2, 3 at 7:30 p.m.
May 4 at 2 p.m.
Devised Theatre is also known as collaborative creation, original work, community-generated work or ensemble piece. Though this innovative process of theatre making has become quite popular, its methods are difficult to pin down. Unlike more traditional pieces of theatre, where the singular playwright is responsible for the creation of the script, a devised piece is generated by an ensemble of artists.