Plays by Sarah Ruhl, August Wilson and Lanford Wilson will be highlighted in Seminole State College’s 2010-2011 theater season, which also will feature a musical, dance and a holiday celebration. Here it is:
- Dead Man’s Cell Phone, by Sarah Ruhl. September 24, 25 & 30, October 1, 2 at 7:30 p.m., September 26 & October 3 at 2 p.m. Dead Man’s Cell Phone is a bizarre, zany comedy by the author of The Clean House (a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize). A young woman enjoying lunch at a small café becomes annoyed when the man sitting at the next table doesn’t answer his obnoxious cell phone. So, she does. What follows becomes a curious set of events punctuated by our heroine’s zany antics.
- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim, book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. November 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20, 2010 at 7:30 p.m., November 14 & 21, 2010 at 2 p.m. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum won five Tony Awards. The story was inspired by the Roman playwright Plautus’ comedic plays Pseudolus, Miles Gloriosus, and Mostellaria. The farce begins when a slave named Pseudolus, with hopes of gaining his freedom, agrees to help his master win the love of the girl next door, Philia. Pseudolus’ attempts go wrong and this forces him to come up with ludicrous plans that create more problems.
- The Festival of Lights — An Evening of Stories in Celebration of Chanukah, featuring Southern Winds Theatre. December 2, 3, & 4, 2010 at 7:30 p.m, December 5, 2010 at 2 p.m. This marks the fourth year that Seminole State College has had the pleasure of hosting Southern Winds Theatre. In 2007 and 2008, Southern Winds presented David A. McElroy’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the one-man show. Last year, we were treated to A Tuna Christmas. This year will continue our holiday celebration with a nod to the festival of lights, Chanukah.
- Seven Guitars, by August Wilson. January 28, 29, February 3, 4 & 5, 2011 at 7:30 p.m., January 30 & February 6, 2011 at 2 p.m. Seven Guitars represents August Wilson’s 1940s chronicle of African-American life in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, Pa. This tragicomedy centers on seven characters, three of whom are professional musicians who have gathered for a wake following the funeral of their friend Floyd Barton. Through flashbacks, the audience learns the events of the past week that led to Floyd’s death.
- Yow Dance, Eric Yow, founder and choreographer. February 25 & 26, 2011 at 8 p.m., February 27, 2011 at 2 p.m. Once again, Seminole State College is honored to present Yow Dance on our stage. Last year’s production of Spring into Dance was well received, and we look forward to what Eric Yow and company will present in 2011.
- Balm in Gilead, by Lanford Wilson. April 8, 9, 14, 15 & 16, 2011 at 7:30 p.m., April 10 & 17, 2011 at 2 p.m. Lanford Wilson’s Balm in Gilead, a mainstay of the off-off-Broadway movement of the 1960s, takes its title from a quote in the Old Testament: “Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people?” (Jeremiah 8:22). This quote certainly describes the plight of the characters who patronize Frank’s café in the Upper Broadway area of New York City.
Performances take place in Seminole State’s Fine Arts Theatre (building G) on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. Ticket prices for all shows except The Festival of Lights are $10 for the general public, $8 for seniors (60+) or students of other schools, and free for Seminole State faculty, staff and currently enrolled Seminole State students.
Ticket prices for Southern Winds Theatre’s The Festival of Lights are $13 for the general public and $11 for seniors (60+) or students of other schools. Those prices include the 7 percent state sales tax. The Festival of Lights is free for Seminole State faculty, staff and currently enrolled Seminole State students.
Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling 407.708.2040 or visiting the Fine Arts Theatre Box Office (building G) on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. The Box Office is open Mondays from 9 a.m.-noon and Tuesdays-Fridays from noon-4 p.m. For more information on cultural events at Seminole State, please visit www.seminolestate.edu/arts, or call 407.708.2040.