University of St. Thomas and College of St. Catherine announce 2007-2008 theater season
The joint Theater Department of the University of St. Thomas and the College of St. Catherine will present a season of "family secrets" this year.
Mark your calendars for:
- 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 17-20, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, in Frey Theater at St. Catherine, 2004 Randolph Ave.: "Eleemosynary" by Lee Blessing, directed by Dr. Mark Seamon. The one-act play centers on the delicate relationship of three generations of women: the eccentric old Dorothea; her quirky daughter, Artemis ("Artie"), and Artie's daughter, Echo, the national spelling bee champion. The play originally was commissioned by and produced by St. Paul's Park Square Theatre in 1985. (Just in case you're wondering, " eleemosynary" means "of or relating to charity, the giving of alms.")
- 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 14-17, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, in Foley Theater on St. Thomas' St. Paul campus, 2115 Summit Ave.: "Rumors" by Neil Simon, directed by Teresa Lyons- Hegdahl. A side-splitting, door-slamming farce, "Rumors" debuted in 1988 and chronicles the 10th anniversary of a high-ranking New York City official and his wife. But before you know it, the deputy mayor shoots himself, his wife is missing, and his lawyer decides the guests must conceal everything from the police and the media.
- 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, March 5-8, 2008, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9, 2008, in Foley Theater: "Guys and Dolls," with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, directed by Gregg Sawyer, a 1979 St. Thomas theater alumnus. Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, "Guys and Dolls" first was produced on Broadway in 1950. Among its memorable tunes: "Luck be a Lady," which later became a signature song for Frank Sinatra.
- 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, April 9-12, 2008, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13, 2008, in Frey Theater: George Bernard Shaw's "Mrs. Warren's Profession," directed by Dr. Amy Kritzer. Shaw's 1893 play originally was banned for its frank discussion and portrayal of prostitution; today it remains one of Shaw's most frequently revived works.
Tickets for each play are $5 for general admission and free for students, faculty and staff with ID from the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities ( St. Thomas, St. Catherine, Augsburg College, Macalester College and Hamline University). Seating is limited; for reservations call The O'Shaughnessy ticket office at St. Catherine, (651) 690-6700.