Hello all, you may have noticed that Rhinoceros will be in the Philbin at the end of the month. You may ask, “What is Rhinoceros?” and “Isn’t that dangerous?” Well let’s find out!
Here is FTT’s official press release on their 2017-18 season. Many great shows to look forward to:
Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) announces four productions for its 2017/18 theatre season, with two comedies, including the beloved The Importance of Being Earnest; an absurdist classic relevant to the current political climate; and Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening.
Kicking off the season will be ND Theatre NOW! (September 28 – October 8), a slot in the mainstage season which annually features a production realized entirely by student artists. This year, FTT presents Eugène Ionesco’s absurdist classic Rhinoceros, directed by FTT senior Abbey Schnell. A rhinoceros suddenly appears in the streets. Then another. One by one, townspeople succumb to an epidemic that transforms them into rhinos, until only one resists. Inspired by the rise of European fascism in the 1940s, Ionesco’s exploration of conformity and resistance remains uncomfortably relevant in 2017.
Later in the fall, FTT revisits one of the theatre’s most enduring comedies, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest (November 8-12). In Wilde’s “trivial comedy for serious people,” both ladies and gentlemen concoct elaborate fictions in order to evade the burdensome conventions of polite society – and hilarity ensues. FTT welcomes alumnus Mark Seamon (’98) as guest director.
The spring semester kicks off with Karen Zacarías’s good-natured comedy Native Gardens (February 22 – March 4), directed by FTT Director of Theatre Kevin Dreyer. When Pablo and Tania buy a house in an historic Washington, D.C. neighborhood, they’re welcomed warmly by next door neighbors Frank and Virginia. But soon the couples are embroiled in a dispute over their backyard property line that threatens to uproot Frank’s meticulously cultivated garden and forces both sides to confront deeply ingrained notions of race, class, and privilege.
The season will culminate in April with the Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening (April 18-22). Based on the 1891 play by German playwright Frank Wedekind, the musical features book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik. It won 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, in 2007. Pulsing with adolescent angst and repressed sexuality, this R-rated production will be directed by Matt Hawkins, who joins the FTT faculty this fall. A musical theatre specialist and professional fight choreographer, Hawkins will lead the department’s efforts to develop a new focus in musical theatre.
“Programming our season is always a challenge,” says FTT Director of Theatre, Kevin Dreyer, “because we’re striving to meet the artistic and academic needs of our students while representing a diversity of voices and creating an exciting season for our audiences. This year we were able to program several plays originally proposed by our students. We’re very pleased to offer them this season.”
FTT’s 2017/18 Theatre Season Schedule
ND Theatre NOW: Rhinoceros
By Eugène Ionesco. Translated by Derek Prouse.
September 28 – October 8, 2017 in the Philbin Studio Theatre
No one believes they’ll turn into a rhinoceros…until they do.
The Importance of Being Earnest
By Oscar Wilde
November 8-12, 2017 in the Patricia George Decio Theatre
A trivial comedy for serious people.
By Karen Zacarías
February 22 – March 4, 2018 in the Philbin Studio Theatre
Good fences make good neighbors…or do they? A good-natured comedy about a backyard border wall.
Book and lyrics by Steven Sater, music by Duncan Sheik
Based on the play by Frank Wedekind
April 18-22, 2018 in the Patricia George Decio Theatre
A musical explosion of adolescent angst and repressed sexuality. (Mature audiences)