Main Stage Season

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Based on the novel by Anne Brontë
Adapted by Professor Jacqueline Firkins
Directed by BFA alumna Sarah Rodgers

WORLD PREMIERE

Her secret is safe with him.

Helen Graham has moved into the withered Wildfell Hall in an attempt to escape her mysterious past. Unfortunately, gossip is served daily in Helen’s new town and she is their latest appetizer. Chatter quickly escalates when her relationships with Frederick Lawrence and Gilbert Markham are scrutinized; forcing Helen to contend with her past haunting the present.

Celebrated as one of the world’s first feminist novels, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall delivers quick wit and cutting insights on 19th century gender dynamics. When performed in this premiere stage adaptation from Professor Jacqueline Firkins, female independence truly takes the spotlight.

 

October 1-17, 2015. 7:30pm. Frederic Wood Theatre

Value Added Performances:

  • $7 Preview: September 30. Opening Night Reception: October 1.
  • Alumni Night + Post-Show Talkback: October 7. No Performances: Sunday – Tuesday

 

Eurydice

By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by MFA Candidate Keltie Forsyth

She went to hell. He went to get her.

 

Haunting, evocative, and minimalist; this contemporary American retelling of the Ancient Greek Orpheus and Eurydice myth is a fairytale for those who still believe in them. Eurydice’s father has been writing her letters from Hades, but when a dangerous stranger tempts Eurydice with the details, she is soon sent tumbling after him. Orpheus goes to get his girl but both must follow the underworld’s rules in order to find their way home.

The award-winning Sarah Ruhl is one of America’s sharpest stage voices; her writing is alert, engaging, and utterly arresting.

January 21 – February 6, 2016. 7:30pm Frederic Wood Theatre

Value Added Performances:

  • $7 Preview: January 20. Opening Night Reception: January 21
  • Alumni Night + Post Show Talkback: January 27. No Performances: Sunday – Tuesday

 

The Arabian Nights

By Mary Zimmerman
Adapted from THE BOOK OF THE THOUSAND NIGHTS AND ONE NIGHT
Directed by MFA Candidate Evan Frayne

She told stories to survive until sunrise.

Enraged by his first wife’s adultery, King Shahryar marries a bride a day and beheads her at sundown. When his vengeance ravages the town of its women, Shahryar finally meets his match when he weds the captivating storyteller Scheherazade. Each night he prepares for her execution, her evocative tales of human folly mesmerize Shahryar into delaying the deed. Over the course of one thousand and one nights, the plot thickens and Scheherazade’s legends change both of their lives.

Celebrated for its seamless stitching of multiple narratives into an astonishing finale, The Arabian Nights perfectly embodies the beauty and power of story.

March 17 – April 2, 2016. 7:30pm Frederic Wood Theatre

Value Added Performances:

  • $7 Preview: March 16. Opening Night Reception: March 17.
  • Alumni Night + Post-Show Talkback: March 23. No Performances: Sunday – Tuesday