WWU Announces 2013-2014 Theatre Season Ticket Sales

Season tickets are now on sale for William Woods University’s theatre program, which this year comprises a musical, a satire, an Arthur Miller drama and a farce.According to Joe Potter, assistant professor and artistic director of theatre, season tickets provide several benefits: a 20 percent savings on regular ticket prices, preferred seating and no standing in long lines at the box office.

Season ticket prices are $40 for adults, $21 for children ages 6-12 and $34 for senior citizens ages 62 and above. They will be available through the final performance of “The Glorious Ones” Oct. 13.

The season begins with the musical “The Glorious Ones” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10-12 in Cutlip Auditorium, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Oct. 13. This is a backstage musical about the lives, loves, ambitions and art of the performers in a 16th century Commedia Dell’Arte troupe in late Renaissance Italy.

Both slapstick and serious, the musical tells how the troupe came to be and how it captured the public’s adoration with its comedy before changing artistic fashion altered its way of life. It follows seven archetypal characters—the charismatic leading man, the sly harlequin, the quack doctor, the old miser, the voluptuous leading lady, the devoted dwarf, and the elegant Moon Woman—as they search for immortality and love.

“The Glorious Ones” will be directed by Joe Potter. Choreography will be created by Adrienne Branson, dance instructor. Musical direction will be provided by Rebecca Talbert, music instructor. Staff member Jane Friedman will design the costumes. Michael Dodson, a theatre graduate assistant, will be the assistant musical director.

The second mainstage production is a satirical play that reflects on reality television.  “The Dead Guy,” by Eric Coble, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5-7, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Dec. 8 in Dulany Auditorium. The play opens with Eldon Phelps and Gina Yaweth at a bar. Gina convinces Eldon to star in her new reality television show, “The Dead Guy.”  The premise of the show: Eldon is given a week  and $1 million to spend however he wishes, but there is one catch—at the end of the week, Eldon must commit suicide in a manner determined by millions of online and telephone voters.

“The Dead Guy” will be directed by Melissa Alpers-Springer, assistant professor of communications. A guest scene and lighting designer for this production will be announced later. Jane Friedman will provide costume design.

Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27, 26 and March 1, with a matinee at 2 p.m. March 2 in Dulany Auditorium.

Joe Keller and Herbert Deever, partners in a machine shop during the war, turned out defective airplane parts, causing the deaths of many men. Deever was sent to prison while Keller escaped punishment and went on to make a lot of money. In a work of tremendous power, a love affair between Keller’s son, Chris, and Ann Deever, Herbert’s daughter; the bitterness of George Keller, who returns from the war to find his father in prison and his father’s partner free; and the reaction of a son to his father’s guilt escalate toward a climax of electrifying intensity.

>“All My Sons” will be directed by Kathy Potter, guest artist, and designed by Joe Potter. Jane Friedman will provide the costume design.

The season comes to a conclusion with the farce, “Perfect Wedding” by Robin Hawdon at 7:30 p.m. April 24-26, with a matinee at 2 p.m. April 27 in Cutlip Auditorium.

A bridegroom wakes on his wedding morning and finds a strange girl in bed beside him. During the ensuing panic to get the stranger dressed and out of the way, the bride arrives and the girl is trapped in the bathroom. The only way out of the dilemma is to persuade the best man to pretend that the hidden girl is his girlfriend.

“Perfect Wedding” will be directed by Melissa Alpers-Springer. A guest designer will design the set and lights for this production. Jane Friedman will provide the costume designs.

For more information or to order season tickets, call the William Woods University theatre program at 592-4281.