Metamorphoses | Spring 2015
By Mary Zimmerman, directed by Benji Inniger
Based on Ovid's transformation myths, Metamorphoses mixes the ancient stories with contemporary language, humor, and thought. This is all enacted in and around a large pool of water, the elemental giver of life and vehicle for change. The themes of love, the inevitability of change, and the human ability to adapt are timeless, as is demonstrated by the sometimes eerie closeness of a vignette to the original lines from Ovid, which still manage to resonate in modern times.
A Christmas Carol | Fall 2014
By Charles Dickens, adapted and directed by Peter Bloedel
A Christmas Carol is the classic Christmas favorite about the stingy moneylender Ebenezer Scrooge. In the course of one night, Ebenezer is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley, as well as the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. These ghostly encounters show him how to embrace the true Christmas spirit.
The Voice of the Prairie | Spring 2014
By John Olive, directed by Benji Inniger
The Voice of the Prairie is a play centered around the time-honored tradition of storytelling. Flashing back between the 1890s and 1920s, the play follows David Quinn as he tells tales on the radio which is just making its way west. Most of David's stories involve his youthful adventures with Frankie, a blind girl he rescued from a cruel father. He becomes famous on the radio until Frankie reenters his life thirty years later.
Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play | Fall 2013
By Joe Landry, directed by Peter Bloedel
Spies, murder, love, and other trademarks of Alfred Hitchcock come to life in the style of a 1940s radio broadcast of the master of suspense's earlier films. With The Lodger, Sabotage and The 39 Steps, Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play is a triple feature, complete with vintage commercials, that recreates a daring train chase, a serial killer's ominous presence, and a devastating explosion through the magic of live sound effects and musical underscoring.
Hamlet | Spring 2013
By William Shakespeare, directed by Peter Bloedel
When Elsinore Castle in Denmark is visited by the ghost of Prince Hamlet’s father, the tale of intrigue and suspense begins. Hamlet learns from the ghost that his Uncle Claudius is responsible for his father’s death and usurping the throne. Hamlet sets out on a tangled mission of revenge and justice.
Peter Pan | Fall 2012
Adapted from the novel by J.M. Barrie, directed by Benji Inniger
When Peter Pan visits the nursery of the Darling home and tells Wendy of Neverland and his band of lost boys, Wendy decides to travel there with her younger brothers to “mother” the group. They are soon deeply involved in the ongoing feud between Peter and the ferocious Captain Hook and his band of pirates.
The Tempest | Spring 2012
By William Shakespeare, directed by Benji Inniger
Prospera, the former Duchess of Milan, has been living in exile on a magical island with her young daughter Miranda for the past twelve years. Ariel, a powerful spirit in Prospera’s service, creates a Tempest which maroons Prospera’s enemies on the island. Prospera then uses her assembly of magical spirits to captivate and control her enemies until she is ready to reclaim her rightful place as the Dutchess of Milan.
Life Coach | Fall 2011
An original piece written and directed by Peter Bloedel
Brenda is a successful life coach. Her business is thriving as she gives clients advice to improve their lives, businesses and relationships. However when she takes on a client named Philip, she begins to question everything that she thought was stable in her life.
Blood Wedding | Spring 2011
By Federico Garcia Lorca, translated by Lillian Groag
Two families in a semi-mythical rural Spain are intricately bound in an unbreakable cycle of murder and revenge. The death-bound love triangle at the center of the play fuels these passions to a fever pitch and propels the story to its unstoppable tragic conclusion. An arranged country marriage between the children of rich landowners is about to take place. A past lover, himself in a loveless marriage, cannot allow the wedding to take place and spirits the Bride away, who goes with him willingly on her wedding night. An entire town goes after the lovers in the middle of the night where pursuers and pursued plunge into a realm of deep darkness where the moonlight is not friendly and the forest not shelter enough. Lorca's image-laden poetry unfolds the story with the fire and power characteristic of his work and the fateful resonance that marked his own tragically short life.
Child of Grace | Fall 2010
An original script written by recent Bethany graduate Emily Kimball and directed by Peter Bloedel
Child of Grace is about a woman who lives daily with a secret. Through the years she separates herself from most of her family and attempts to cope with the past the only way she thinks possible, alone. The play focuses on guilt, forgiveness, and the bonds between a mother and her children.