2018-19 Theatre Season to Include Everything from Comedy to Serious Drama
Fine Arts

Franklin College Theatre Department will present four plays during the 2018-19 academic year. The plays are Twelfth Night, Seascape, Evolutionary and A Festival of Short Plays.  All performances will be in Théâtre Margot in the Johnson Center for Fine Arts, located at the corner of Branigin Blvd. and Grizzly Dr.

The first play will be Twelfth Night written by William Shakespeare.  Robin Roberts, professor of theatre at Franklin College, will direct the play, with performances held Oct. 4, 5 and 6 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 7 at 2 p.m.

 In one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, shipwrecked twins, a lovesick duke and a vainglorious steward converge in Illyria. Thrown into the mix is a young woman mourning the loss of her brother who finds herself drawn to the young man sent to woo her on the duke’s behalf. But he may not be the man she thinks he is. Misunderstandings and mistaken identities abound before the happiest of endings.

Roberts earned his masters of fine arts in playwriting from Southern Illinois University. He has a master of arts in theatre and speech from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree in English from Clemson University.

The second play will be Seascape written by Edward Albee. Nicolas Crisafulli, assistant professor of fine arts and theatre at Franklin College, will direct the play, with performances held Nov. 15, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 18 at 2 p.m.

 A husband and wife find their picnic lunch on the beach interrupted by the appearance of two sea creatures. The couple’s fear and suspicion give way to fascination, and before long the four are engaged in a discussion about the meaning and significance of life. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play mixes humor and poetic eloquence as the sea creatures consider life out of the water and the couple consider why their own lives have grown flat and routine.

Crisafulli earned his bachelor’s degree in theatre arts and political science from Presbyterian College in South Carolina and his master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Memphis. He joined the Franklin College faculty in 2009, after serving as a graduate instructor at the University of Memphis.

The third play will be Evolutionary by Ben Ayres and directed by Constance Macy, with performances held March 14, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and March 17 at 2 p.m.

 When pastor and director of operations at the Genesis Museum falls ill, his daughters compete for control of the museum. Each has her own ideas about the direction it should take, one more traditional, the other a little less so. Join us for a world premiere of the irreverent new comedy by an Indiana playwright which tackles the thorny issues of religion, science and family. Audience discretion is advised.

The final play of the academic year will be A Festival of Short Plays, with performances held April 25, 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. and April 28 at 2 p.m.

 Student directors take center stage in the return of the college’s popular celebration of the best in contemporary theatre. This promises to be an eclectic mix of styles and genres and something to satisfy everyone. Audience discretion is advised.

Tickets are free for students, faculty and staff with a valid Franklin College ID, $8 for students and seniors and $12 general admission.  Reservations can be made by email at tickets@FranklinCollege.edu or by phone at (317) 738-8029 or (800) 852-0232, ext. 8029.  Please claim reservations ten minutes before the performance. The box office opens one hour before the performance.

To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please email ARC@FranklinCollege.edu.

For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.

(Posted Aug. 28, 2018)

POSTED Sep 13, 2018