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Department of Drama | 2013-2014 Season



Music and Lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin
Book by Ken Ludwig
Co-Conception by Ken Ludwig and Mike Ockrent
Original Broadway Choreography by Susan Stroman
Inspired by Material by Guy Bolton and John McGowan
Originally Produced on Broadway by
Roger Horchow and Elizabeth Williams
Directed by Robert Chapel
Culbreth Theatre
October 24-26, October 30 & 31, November 1 & 2, 2013 at 8pm

Bobby Child is a 1930’s playboy with banking in his future and showbiz in his heart in George and Ira Gershwin’s Broadway classic Crazy for You. Overflowing with all-time hits like “I Got Rhythm” and “Someone to Watch Over Me,” and featuring a highly-acclaimed book by noted playwright Ken Ludwig, this is a singing, dancing extravaganza that proves what can happen when we choose to follow our hearts.

An Enemy of the People

by Henrik Ibsen
Adaptation by L. Douglas Grissom
Directed by Richard Warner
Ruth Caplin Theatre
November 14-16, November 20-23, 2013 at 8pm

U.Va. Drama Associate Professor and noted playwright Doug Grissom adapts Henrik Ibsen’s classic tale of an entire community’s hunger for riches versus one man’s brave convictions. The play shines a light on the darkest corners of human nature and makes us all question what we would do if we stood between truth and prosperity.

Fall Dance Concert

Culbreth Theatre
December 5-7, 2013 at 8pm


By Tina Howe
Directed by L. Douglas Grissom
Ruth Caplin Theatre
February 20-22, February 26-28, and March 1, 2014 at 8pm

Sometimes in the world of modern art, the patrons themselves are worth the price of admission. Tina Howe’s Museum offers an absurdist take on the last day of an exhibition where some 40 outlandishly entertaining characters peruse the work of a trio of artists. Their reactions range from transfixed reverence to hopeless giggle fits and everything in between, while a nervous security guard tries in vain to keep things under control.

Spring Dance Concert

Culbreth Theatre
April 3-5, 2014 at 8pm

A Flea In Her Ear

by Georges Feydeau
Translated by John Mortimer
Directed by Colleen Kelly
The Ruth Caplin Theatre
April 17-19 and April 23-26, 2014 at 8pm

The setting is Paris, at the dawn of the 20th Century. A suspicious wife sets the farcical wheels in motion for a wild comedic ride that features mistaken identities, narrow escapes, secret rendezvous, crazy coincidences and little lies that grow bigger by the minute. Before long, everyone is drawn into the comedic vortex and it’s hard to imagine how the truth will ever re-emerge!

RecentWorks Series

The Forgetting River

Written and Directed by Marianne Kubik
Co-Conception by Marianne Kubik and Kathleen Baum
Helms Theatre April 10 -12, 2014 at 8pm
Matinee on April 13, 2014 at 2pm

Eurydice is just getting used to death in the Underworld when her husband shows up at its gates, singing the blues to bring her home. Now the god Hades wants to know why the snake took Eurydice’s life without authorization, but Eurydice is not talking. Unless the gods get some answers, the end of Eurydice’s journey could soon be Lethe, the river of forgetting.

With the help of physical theatre, puppetry and ensemble devising, U.Va. Drama Associate Professor Marianne Kubik imagines the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice from a point of view ancient mythology never reveals: Eurydice’s. By examining the story’s plot from her perspective, this original stage production unveils a woman facing life-altering choices that resonate across cultures, past and present, endeavoring to ask how we shape our future.

Please note The Forgetting River is intended for mature audiences.


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