theatre department

Fine Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

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2011-2012 Season

Singin’ In the Rain

Based on the MGM film. Music by Nacio Herb Brown; Lyrics by Arthur Freed; Based on the screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.

TARTUFFE

by Moliere
Clutching ever-present rosary beads, shifting uncomfortably within the hairshirt he
wears for continual penance, and always eyeing the women as they pass – Tartuffe
insinuates himself into a wealthy Parisian household and turns it into wickedly funny
pandemonium. This is Moliere’s Tartuffe, who’s central character is a wily, opportunist
and swindler, affects sanctity and gains complete trust of the head of a wealthy family
while everyone else sees how Tartuffe really is: crooked. Tartuffe is Moliere’s comic
masterpiece that has been enjoyed by millions for centuries.

THE SEA GULL

by Anton Chekhov
One summer in the late 19th Century a family and their companions convene at an estate in the Russian countryside. A new play is performed and lives are changed forever as we witness the evolving dynamics of love – young, mature, married, illicit and unrequited. Anton Chekhov’s unique characters, including actors, writers, a teacher, a doctor, and wannabes take us on a journey filled with the poignancy of aspiration, success and failure in this tragicomic masterpiece, The Sea Gull.

MARAT SADE

The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat As Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis De Sade
by Peter Weiss

MARAT SADE is a play-within-a-play and is not historical drama. Its thought is as modern as today’s police states and The Bomb; its theatrical impact has everywhere been called a major innovation. It is total theatre; philosophically problematic, visually terrifying, it engages the eye, the ear and the mind with every imaginable dramatic device, technique and stage picture, even including song and dance. The play is basically concerned with the problem of revolution. Are the same things true for the masses and for their leaders? And where, in modern times, lie the borderlines of sanity?

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