September 2011, Volume 15, Number 4

Cultural Spotlight

Theatrical Arts Thrive on MDC’s Stages

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MDC Kendall Campus’ Studio Theater calls upon a higher power to open the 2011-12 season this fall as it questions the certainty of faith with the award-winning Doubt: A Parable.

Written by lauded playwright, screenwriter and director John Patrick Shanley, this 2005 Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner for Best Play and Drama, respectively, pits faith and doubt in a match where there are no winners – except for the audience. 

Divine Dilemma

Set against the repressive backdrop of a New York Bronx Catholic school in 1964, a progressive priest’s reputation and vocation are put to the test when the school’s principal, an intransigently conservative nun, is plagued with doubt about the priest’s conduct with a ­student.

Closing the year on a lighter, but brilliant note, Kendall Theater will stage one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies: Twelfth Night, his rambunctious tale of mistaken identity and Elizabethan gender bending.

To shower or not to shower is the dilemma facing the ablutophobiac protagonist of The Mistakes Madeline Made at the Wolfson Campus Theater this fall. With this twisted and hilarious production, the Wolfson-based program will once again participate in the revered Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

Run With the Fun

Humor also makes its way to North Campus’ Lehman Theater in the form of the bedroom farce Run for Your Wife! This 1983 West End smash hit by English playwright Ray Cooney ran nine years in London’s famed theater district, holding the record for longest-running comedy.

This production will begin its two-week run on Sept. 29, kicking off a remarkably eclectic season featuring everything from a Tennessee Williams centennial tribute to an abridged version of The Oedipus Trilogy in what will be another stellar year presented on MDC’s many diverse stages.

— HP


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