2013-14 Theatre Productions

The Berea College Theatre Laboratory will begin its 2013-14 season of plays with its first performance on October 18, 2013.

Beginning the 2013-14 season of plays will be a production of Ted Tiller’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel, “Dracula.”  First produced in 1971, Tiller’s “Count Dracula” tells the story of the sly vampire from Eastern Europe who has taken residence in England. Theatre professor Shan R. Ayers will direct. Designing costumes will be Berea’s veteran costume designer, Mary Ann Shupe. Lacey-Lynn Gresham, the theatre program’s scenic studio supervisor, will provide designs for scenery and lighting. Productions dates are October 25, 26, 30, 31 and November 1, 2. All performances begin at 8 p.m. in the McGaw Theatre of the Jelkyl Drama Center.

 William Shakespeare’s “Othello,” a story of powerThe second production of the fall term will feature the return of Actors from the London Stage, performing William Shakespeare’s “Othello,” a story of power, greed and racial injustice. Production dates are November 14-16, 2013, at 8 p.m. in the McGaw Theatre. Berea College Theatre has hosted Actors from the London Stage five times previously. Funded by a generous endowed gift from the Arronson Foundation, the Theatre program hosts regular visiting artists such as AFTLS.

“Fefu and Her Friends,” a play by Maria Irene Fornes,Beginning the spring term will be “Fefu and Her Friends,” a play by Maria Irene Fornes, which tells an irreverent story of friendship, greed and power. Assistant Professor of Theatre Adanma O. Barton will direct the play. This production will have costumes designed and created by Shupe and scenery and lighting designed by Ayers. Performances will be February 18-22, 2014, at 8 p.m. in the McGaw Theatre. Fornes, the play’s author, made a name for herself during the early days of the Off Off-Broadway movement in the 1960’s.

Rock musical “Jesus Christ Superstar''Closing the season will be the rock musical “Jesus Christ Superstar,” written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Tim Rice. Directing this production will be Associate Professor of Theatre Deborah G. Martin, with designs by Shupe and Ayers. Set to seventies-style rock music, the production tells the story of Jesus’ last days on Earth and includes such classic songs as “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “What’s the Buzz,” and “Superstar.” Performances will be April 11, 12, 16-19, 2014, at 8 p.m. in the McGaw Theatre.

The theatre department encourages audiences to purchase a season subscription for $30, providing them with one ticket to each production. This price reflects a 25% savings over the single general admission ticket prices; $10 for general admission and $8 for senior citizens and non-Berea College students. Berea College students are admitted free of charge as part of their yearly activities fee. Subscribers also receive priority reservation opportunities, reserved seating and a complimentary subscription to the theatre program’s newsletter, “Front Row.” Subscriptions will be available in late August by calling the Berea College Theatre Box Office at 859-985-3300. Interested parties may call to be put on the mailing list.

Carrying on a theatrical tradition since 1892, the Berea College Theatre program serves the students of the college as well as the community at large. By choosing from a broad base of plays and musicals, students receive opportunities to learn as part of the co-curricular production program and audiences are treated to season after season of quality theatrical events.

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College admits only academically promising students with limited financial resources, primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia, although students come from 40 states and 70 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally-recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly, earning money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.