Wake Forest Theatre announces its 2009-2010 season
August 6, 2009
The Wake Forest University Theatre will begin its 2009-2010 season with the opening production of “Doubt” by John Patrick Shanley on Sept. 25. Other productions include “Sonnets for an Old Century,” “The Threepenny Opera” and “Moon Children.” The Studio Series, a collection of one-act plays directed by senior theatre majors, will be presented in four installments beginning Sept. 14.
“Doubt,” winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, will be directed by Brook Davis, associate professor of theatre. The play shines a light on the gray area between truth and suspicion when a determined nun confronts a progressive priest with allegations of impropriety. Set in St. Nicholas Catholic School in the Bronx in 1964, this riveting drama challenges the safety of certainty. Performances for “Doubt” will be at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25-26 and Sept. 30-Oct. 3 in the MainStage Theatre. The Sunday matinee performance will be at 2 p.m. on Oct. 4.
Cynthia Gendrich, associate professor of theatre, and Christina Soriano, assistant professor of dance, will co-direct the production of “Sonnets for an Old Century.” José Rivera’s fearless, funny, lyrical monologues form a dreamscape filled with characters given one last chance to tell their stories. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30-31 and Nov. 4-7 in the MainStage Theatre. The Sunday matinee will be at 2 p.m. on Nov. 8.
John Friedenberg, director of theatre, will direct the production of “The Threepenny Opera” by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill. This groundbreaking work exposes the comfortable fictions about social institutions. As cutting today as it was post-World War I, the easy and convenient corruption of power is revealed as more than just the cost of doing business. Teresa Radomski, professor of music, will serve as the vocal director, and Wake Forest Orchestra director David Hagy will conduct the orchestra. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19-20 and 24-27 in the MainStage Theatre. The Sunday matinee will be at 2 p.m. on Feb. 28.
The University Theatre season will conclude with the production of Michael Weller’s “Moon Children,” directed by Sharon Andrews, associate professor of theatre. Set in the 1965 communal apartment of college seniors, the play brilliantly captures a specific and electric moment in time while telling a humorous and anxious story of youth facing adulthood that is still startlingly contemporary. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. April 9-10 and 14-17 in the Ring Theatre. Matinees will be held at 2 p.m. on April 11 and 18.
Season subscriptions are $36 for adults, $30 for senior citizens and Wake Forest faculty and staff, and $15 for students. Passes include one ticket for each University Theatre production as well as one ticket for each installment of the Studio Series. Subscriptions go on sale Sept. 8. Individual tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students. Group rates are available. Tickets for individual shows are available for purchase two weeks before the production opens.
For tickets or information, call the Theatre Box Office at (336) 758-5295, e-mail the audience services coordinator at WFUTheatreTix@wfu.edu or visit online at www.wfu.edu/theatre.