Theatre Production Archive

2012-2013 Season

Catholic Girl Gun Club

October 26-28 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in Parker Auditorium

A dark comedy by Stacia Saint Owens, directed by Jim Stark.

It’s Kansas in the 1920s. Mary Ellen is the smartest girl in school, and the best shot on Sister Mary’s rifle team. As graduation approaches, she may pursue a life as a scientist or find a Hollywood romance, but a fateful moment in front of the altar will determine her choice. This rich and evocative play emerges on stage for the first time, anywhere, with the Hanover College Theatre.

Adult themes and language, including expressions of sexuality and racism.

Hagar's Children

December 6-8 at 7:30 p.m. in Parker Auditorium

A play about unconditional love by Ernest Joselovitz, directed by
Paul Hildebrand.

It’s the day before Christmas at Bridgehaven Farm, an alternative home for five emotionally troubled teenagers and their two live-in counselors. Preparations for this difficult and important day are interrupted by a crisis in this little family: someone has killed the pet lamb, and a knife is missing! A drama with music.

Adult language.

God of Carnage

February 15-17 at 7:30 p.m. in Parker Auditorium

An adult comedy by Yasmina Reza, directed by Nichole Marquez ’13.

In this Tony-award-winning comedy, two upper-middle-class couples meet over drinks and nibbles for a civilized discussion. The problem? The son of one couple hit the son of the other couple with a stick. What should the grown-ups do? As rum flows and anger grows, inhibitions disappear, and a wild and wacky evening is in store in this international hit by the French writer famous for the wit and surprises of her delightful plays, such as the long-running “Art.”

Adult language/sexual situations.

Troilus & Cressida

March 28-30 at 7:30 p.m. in Parker Auditorium

By William Shakespeare, directed by Jim Stark.

The first war in the Middle East is the setting for this political romance by our greatest dramatist.  If you thought Romeo and Juliet had it rough, then watch as these young lovers stumble through a shifting landscape of loyalties where families and nationalities are mingled and set against each other. Can love survive in a time of war? Can we forgive each other for the things we do to win?

10-Minute Plays

April 5-6 at 7:30 p.m. in Parker Auditorium

New 10-Minute Plays from the playwriting and directing classes.

In one of the HC Theatre’s most popular annual presentations, all-new 10-minute plays written by students from the fall playwriting class receive simple but entertaining and imaginative presentations by students in the winter directing class. Always featuring a broad range of plots and styles, some viewer discretion is usually advised, but entertainment is guaranteed!

Limited seating - free admission.

2011-2012 Season

Two Plays of the Spanish Golden Age

  • The Marvelous Puppet Show by Miguel de Cervantes (1615)
  • Life Is a Dream by Calderon de la Barca (1673)

October 28-30 2011 at 7:30pm in Parker Auditorium

The evening begins with a hilarious short comedy by the prolific and beloved author of Don Quixote. What will the good people see when the puppet show comes to their town - a world of wonders, or only their own folly?

Calderon’s masterpiece, Life Is a Dream, was centuries ahead of its time. This swashbuckling story of love, deception, and revenge opened new worlds for theatre to explore. Is your life really happening ¬ or is it all only a dream? Or just a play on a stage? This unforgettable play by the prodigious soldier, priest, and playwright Calderon is presented for the first time ever by Hanover College Theatre in a riveting contemporary adaptation.

Cryptos: A new play by HC Senior James Wylder

December 1-4 2011 at 7:30pm in Parker Auditorium
Matinee performance December 3 at 2pm

Monster hunter Adric Ramses and his faithful assistant Wendy are searching Loch Ness when called upon to solve a darker mystery. Who is stealing the children of an isolated Iowa village? Adric has a foreboding: a creature known as the Wolf of Heaven. Intrigue, fantasy, poetry and humor are intertwined in this fascinating new play by Hanover College senior, James Wylder. Directed by Mark Fearnow.

Three Poets by Romulus Linney

February 15-19 2012 at 7:30pm in Parker Auditorium

American playwright Romulus Linney (1930-2011) was obsessed by writers. In his energetic and fertile career, he crafted plays about writers ranging from Lord Byron to Oscar Wilde. "Three Poets" is a trio of plays, called by critic Mel Gussow, "small in scale, but rippling with poetic intensity." Three women poets--Komachi in 9th-century Japan, Hrotsvitha in medieval Germany, and Anna Akhmatova in Stalinist Russia--fight the conventions and powers of their times. The play is both funny and moving. Directed by Jim Stark.

Vinegar Tom by Caryl Churchill

March 23-25 2012 at 7:30pm in Parker Auditorium

How can I destroy you by telling a lie? Feminist writer Caryl Churchill tells a shocking story of women accused of witchcraft in 17th century England and the male privilege that makes accusations deadly. Her scenes of humor, brutality and violence are interspersed with songs in this unforgettable play by one of England’s greatest living playwrights. In addition to violence, the play includes frank sexuality and is for adults only. Directed by guest artist and Hanover Professor Emeritus of Theatre, Tom Evans.

Directing Class One Acts

March 31-April 1 2012 at 7:30 pm in Parker Auditorium

Written by the Playwriting class from Fall Term. Directed by students in Paul Hildebrand's Directing course.

2010-2011 Season

"Anatomy of Gray" by Jim Leonard '80, directed by Mark Fearnow

October 8-10 (Homecoming weekend), 7:30 p.m., Parker Auditorium

Folklore and myth pervade this touching, theatrical drama by Hanover alumnus, Jim Leonard. Mr. Leonard is an internationally admired playwright who began his career at Hanover in 1978 with And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson ... followed by The Diviners in 1980. These plays have gone on to countless professional, college, community, and high school productions around the globe. Anatomy of Gray finds that same sweet spot of humor, folktale, and drama in this beautiful story about a mysterious doctor who rides a tornado to an isolated Indiana town in the 1800s.
Jim Leonard spends much of his time these days as a writer-producer for television. He is currently a consulting producer for Showtime's Dexter.

3 Arab Plays, selected and directed by Paul Hildebrand

November 18-21, 7:30 p.m., Parker Auditorium

"Between War and Peace," a comic allegory by Tawfiq Al-Hakim (Egypt). In her boudoir, the seductive Politica flirts with her clandestine suitor, Peace, while she is married to War.

"Baggage," a drama for one person and offstage voices by Fateh Azzam (Palestine). In an airport waiting-lounge, a traveler struggles with the baggage of his past, torn between boarding a flight to a future where he must leave his baggage behind, or keep it for a return flight to his emotional memories as a young refugee.

"A Tree on the Border," the premier of a new play by Mahmood Zyoudi (Jordan). In a little village far from the halls of power stands a great tree around which life has revolved for generations. One day however, Blue Hats from the United Nations appear to announce a cease-fire in a war no one understands, and to impose a new international boundary that cuts the village, its people, and their tree, in half. How can the villagers find a way to unite one more time around the tree?

"Woyzeck", written by Georg Buchner, adapted and directed by Jon Becraft

"Lady Lazarus", written and directed by Katie Green

February 4-6, 7:30 p.m., Parker Auditorium

"Woyzeck" is the story of a soldier whose life begins to spiral into darkness and insanity as he is subjugated to bizarre medical experiments, the infidelity of his mistress, and abuse from the upper echelons. Woyzeck was originally written by George Buchner, whose German-language play remained unfinished at his death. Jon Becraft's adaptation explores the violent consequences of a society that has abandoned and forgotten its lowliest contributors.

Poets Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton were two of the most original, unapologetic female voices of the 20th century, only to be overshadowed by Ted Hughes, Sylvia’s husband and the future poet laureate of England. Their turbulent lives were the fodder that fueled their most prolific poems. Set posthumously, "Lady Lazarus" examines what may come to pass when these three poets are reunited in the afterlife, when distinctions are blurred between art and life, faith and doubt, love and hate. Note: Adult content, discretion advised.

"Two Gentlemen of Verona" by William Shakespeare, directed by Jim Stark

March 18-20, 7:30 p.m., Parker Auditorium

Two young men, best friends, part ways to follow different paths--one to success in his career, and the other to the pursuit of pure romance. How can they meet again? Meanwhile, two young women, strangers to each other, come into unexpected conflict and find that they have too much in common. With some of the funniest scenes ever conceived by the greatest playwright in Western culture, this play will delight the eyes and ears of all audiences.

New 10-Minute Plays from the Playwriting and Directing Classes

Friday-Saturday, April 1-2, 7:30 p.m., Parker Auditorium

In one of the college theatre’s most popular annual presentations, all-new 10-minute plays written by students from the fall playwriting class receive simple but entertaining and imaginative presentations by students of the winter directing class. Always featuring a broad range of plots and styles, some viewer discretion is usually advised, but entertainment is guaranteed! Free admission.

2009-2010 Season

The Birds

Friday - Sunday October 2-4  2010 Homecoming Show
7:30 PM

A political comedy from ancient Greece, by Aristophanes
Directed by Dani DeVincentis '10
Parker Auditorium

A playful, fantastical political satire by the father of western comedy, "The Birds" tells the story of two dissatisfied young men who set out to create a better life. Winding up in the land of the birds, the scalawags convince them to create, Cloud Cuckooland, and crown the men kings. Their first decree is to charge tribute to gods and mortals alike for passage through their territory, turning the natural order topsy-turvy. This is Aristophanes at his most irreverent. "The Birds" is a brilliant, timeless, and universal comedy, as topical and funny today as it was some 2400 years ago.

The Digging Hill

Friday - Sunday November 13-15  7:30 PM  
A new comedy by Jon Becraft '11 
Directed by Mark Fearnow
Parker Auditorium

What happens when a small Kentucky town experiences a political scandal, the disappearance of a young couple, a search for buried treasure, and a panoply of strange, unexplainable events? "The Digging Hill" by Jon Becraft answers this intriguing question in a fast-paced social comedy, packed full of twists, turns and witty observations about how we live. Becraft brings the energy and audacity of a young playwright to this world premiere of a fresh and surprising play, which will be entered in the American College Theatre Festival.

Triptych: Three Medieval Plays

Note moved dates:
Friday - Sunday March 12-14 7:30 PM 
 
Directed by Paul Hildebrand 
Parker Auditorium

Celebrate the majesty and humanity, the reverent devotion and earthy comedy of medieval theatre! "The Visit to the Sepulcher," from the 12th century, tells through music and drama the story of Mary Magdalene and her encounter with the empty tomb of Jesus. "Noah and the Ark," a 15th century pageant play, mixes reverence and comedy with spectacular stage effects. "The Disobedient Child," from 1560, tells the comic story of a rich father who wants his teenage son to go to college and make something of himself, while the over-indulged boy prefers to marry instead ... much to his own regret! It's sure to be a uniquely entertaining evening for the whole family.

The Highly Improbable Search for Trevor McDoogal

Note moved dates:
Friday, March 26 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 27 7:30 PM (2 PM SHOW CANCELED)
Sunday, March 28 2 PM FREE SHOWING

Written and Directed by Bryan Kerr '10
Parker Auditorium

A new play for the whole family! Trevor McDoogal isn't your typical action hero. But life changes when a harmless joke takes a turn for the worse, propelling him into a world of dynasty, duels, and deception. Aided by some interesting characters along the way, Trevor soon realizes he's searching for more than just his ticket home. This new play weaves together fantasy and reality to tell one boy's amazing journey through a land of which most of us only dream.

10-Minute Plays

Friday- Saturday, April 2-3 7:30 PM
Parker Auditorium

In one of the college theatre's most popular annual presentations, all-new 10-minute plays written by students from the fall playwriting class receive simple but entertaining and imaginative presentations by students of the winter directing class. Always featuring a broad range of plots and styles, we advise some viewer discretion, but we guarantee the entertainment!

This year includes two original student-written and student-directed 10-minute plays, plus an all-alumni special event.

Ave Maria, written by Janna Lynch and directed by Nyle Biggerstaff, tells the story of Hannah who is struggling with her real-life issues and looking for answers in a Catholic church. She is completely distraught and furious when she fumbles into the church and is confronted by an older lady named Grace who tries to help her. The emotions fly as the girl tries to get a grasp of her impending situation and come to terms with religious healing.

In Loving Memory, written by Abby Guthrie and directed by Katie Green, is a dark comedy exposing the pitfalls of domestic life. George and Eleanor, an aging couple, celebrate their wedding anniversary over dessert. As they "innocently" exchange gifts, they reveal their mutual animosity for one another through their twisted choice of presents.

Whiskey - Tango - Foxtrot, a new one-act play written by David Lohr and directed by retired Theatre Professor Emeritus Tom "Doc" Evans, is a hard-hitting story of political intrigue, in which government agencies manipulate public perception of civilian and military casualties during the war in Afghanistan. (Advisory: the story includes violence and strong language.)  The cast features alumni actors  John Resig'01, Patrick McManis '02 and Jim Stark '86. Resig is a featured actor in the HBO series "True Blood", and and has appeared in other TV series and feature films including "The Man in the Chair" with Christopher Plummer.  With this show, the department continues a long-standing tradition of all-alumni productions.

2008-2009 Season

Three Sisters

Friday - Sunday October 10-12 - Homecoming Weekend!
7:30 PM

By Anton Chekhov, Translated by Lanford Wilson
Directed by Jim Stark
Hanover Town Park Community Building

Chekhov's insightful, compassionate comedies are fundamental to world literature and modern theatre. Written in 1900 at a time of great change in Russia, this play's poetic realism captures delicate places in the human heart. Audiences around the world have joined in the depth of the sisters' stories of desire for larger, more meaningful lives. The new translation by American playwright Lanford Wilson offers us three fascinating young women, their household, and their male admirers, in words and images both vivid and appealing. Driven by intense, unspoken longings, these actors in the human comedy love, laugh, and strive for a better life.

Slaying the Dragon

Friday - Sunday November 21-23 - 7:30 PM  
A new comedy by Casey Ross
Directed by Paul Hildebrand
Parker Auditorium

Fairy-tale knights, fair maidens and the dragons who would eat them are long gone … or are they? Hanover theatre alum Casey Ross '08 tells a winsome comedic tale of a knight and a dragon who should be mortal enemies, but instead are best friends in a thoroughly modern world that forbids such unheard-of relationships. When the threadbare king tells the knight he can win the hand of his thoroughly modern princess if the knight slays the one remaining dragon in the world - his best friend - only theatrics will save the day!

Tartuffe

Friday - Sunday February 13-15 - 7:30 PM  
By Molière, Translated by Richard Wilbur
Directed by Mark Fearnow
Parker Auditorium

Who could be more outwardly religious than Tartuffe? But do his actions match his words? And is Tartuffe a proper match for your young daughter? Watch out as a big phony, a gullible dad, and one clever maid, compete over love in this knockabout comedy by one of the world's greatest writers.

Machinal

Friday - Sunday March 20-22 - 7:30 PM
By Sophie Treadwell
Directed by Jim Stark
Parker Auditorium

Inspired by a true story, Sophie Treadwell's brilliant script combines romance with crime drama and turns the stunted speech of modern life into spiky poetry. Life in an office cubicle was never (or, perhaps, always) so beautiful and unnerving.

2007-2008 Season

"Oedipus the King" by Sophocles

October 12-13 - 7:30 PM
Parker Auditorium

Greek tragedy, directed by senior theatre major Christopher Neal. From ancient Greece, this play is the story of Oedipus, king of Thebes, a city suffering from a plague that will lift only when the unknown person who has offended the gods with a terrible sin is found and driven out. One of the great who-done-its of all time, the play leads us step by step to its stunning and unforgettable revelation — the picture of a good man confronting the fate from which he has spent his life trying to escape.

"Master Class" by Terrence McNally

November 9-10, 2007 - 7:30 PM
Center for Fine Arts Recital Hall

A comedy-drama with music, directed by Paul Hildebrand. Winner of three 1996 Tony Awards including Best Play, Master Class brings to vivid life the legendary opera diva Maria Callas, renowned as one of the greatest singers of all time. Based on an actual series of master classes she conducted at the Julliard School of Music toward the end of her career, the play creates Callas on stage using wit and humor to coax, prod and inspire three young singers to give the performance of their lives — while revealing the joys and sorrows of her own.

"K2" by Patrick Meyers

December 7 & 8, 2007 - 7:30 PM
Parker Auditorium

A drama of adventure and survival, directed by senior theatre major Julie Mauro. This thrilling play uses mountain climbing as a metaphor to explore the friendship between two climbers — Taylor, who sees personal gratification as the purpose of life, and Harold, whose deepest satisfaction is his selfless love for his wife and young son. On an icy ledge on K2, the world's second highest mountain, Taylor and Harold are stranded at 27,000 feet where Harold has suffered a broken leg. When the desperation of their situation can no longer be denied, these two close friends, as different as night and day, must together make a life-and-death decision.

"Hay Fever" by Noel Coward

February 8 -9, 2008 - 7:30 PM
Parker Auditorium

A classic British comedy of manners directed by senior theatre major J. Allen Miller. Playwright Noel Coward is synonymous with the sophisticated wit of the Roaring Twenties. Hay Fever , written in 1925, introduces us to a family whose theatrical excesses torment a group of unsuspecting visitors to hilarious ends.

Judith, a recently retired stage actress, David, her self-absorbed novelist husband, and their two equally unconventional children, live in a world where reality slides easily into fiction. Their unfortunate weekend guests — a proper diplomat, a shy flapper, an athletic boxer and a fashionable sophisticate — are repeatedly thrown into comic chaos.

"Measure for Measure" by William Shakespeare

March 14 - 15, 2008 - 7:30 PM
Parker Auditorium
Merit Scholars weekend

A comedy-drama directed by Jim Stark. Public moral codes conflict with private conscience in this story of political scandal. How can one young woman fight corruption in high places? Where will she find help? Shakespeare tackles some enduring human problems in this play, sometimes from a comic point of view and sometimes from a deadly serious one — and often both at once. The centerpiece of Hanover College's biannual campus-wide Shakespeare Festival will approach this classic with a contemporary setting.

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