The Jacksonville State University Drama Department proudly presents its 2013-2014 Season of Plays.
The Curious Savage
By John Patrick
October 17-20, 2013
This delightful comedy is sure to remind you that kindness and affection can often be found in the oddest places! Recently widowed Ethel Savage wants to make the best use of her money by helping others realize their hopes and dreams; her grown-up stepchildren have other plans. They commit Mrs. Savage to The Cloisters, the local sanatorium, hoping to “bring her to her senses.” While there, she befriends a group of social misfits who have trouble adjusting themselves to life. They help her lead the stepchildren on a merry chase as they attempt to locate Mrs. Savage’s hidden fortune.
By Jean Anouilh, Translated by Barbara Bray
November 14-17, 2013
First performed in 1944 in Nazi-controlled Paris, Jean Anouilh’s adaptation of the Greek classic Antigone is his best known play. As the play opens, we see a title character who is unwilling to compromise her spiritual and moral beliefs in defiance of the orders of King Creon. Anouilh uses Greek myth to explore the nature of tragedy, heroic resistance and destiny. His message is as relevant now as it was in the past.
Kiss Me, Kate
Music and lyrics by Cole Porter, Book by Bella and Samuel Spewack
February 20 – March 2, 2014
This classic play within a play has been delighting audiences since its debut in 1948 and gained a new following with its Tony Award-winning 1999 revival. Come and enjoy the complicated plot that mirrors Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, the battles of the ex-spouses, and the mistaken identities that make this musical witty and entertaining.
Songs include Why Can't You Behave, So In Love Am I, Wunderbar, Tom, Dick or Harry, Were Thine That Special Face, Too Darn Hot, Brush Up Your Shakespeare, I Hate Men, Always True to You (In My Fashion) and Another Op'nin, Another Show.
Fool For Love
By Sam Shepard
May 15 – 18, 2014
Winner of the Obie Award for Best New American Play, this powerful modern classic drama explores the destructive relationship of childhood friends turned lovers. May is hiding out in a hotel in the Mojave Desert and hoping to start a new life when Eddie comes to try and win her back. Throughout the play the audience sees the Old Man, father to both lovers. The past continues to haunt the characters as the desire of one generation wreaks destruction in the next through dark secrets, jealousy and betrayal in this darkly funny drama. This production is recommended for audiences 18 and older as it contains mature themes and adult language.
The Vanishing Point
By Nedra Pezold Roberts
June 26 – 29, 2014
The 2013 Southern Playwrights award winner is set in Pointe Critique, Louisiana, shortly before Hurricane Katrina. Paul St. Pé is a proud and stubborn shrimp boat captain who is working in his own way to repair his relationship with both his grown sons. As one son comes home and another prepares to leave, the family wrestles with the ideas of home, family and love.
Senior Citizen/JSU Personnel, $8
Senior Citizens/JSU Personnel, $12
Senior Citizens/JSU Personnel, $33
Tickets may be purchased by phoning the JSU Drama Department Box Office, 256-782-5648.
Note: The box office phone will be answered for one hour prior to performances. Preferred seating cannot be guaranteed. Hearing assistant devices are located in the box office for use during shows.
For more information, visit the JSU Drama website