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2015-2016 Season


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Fall 2015

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In the Next Room
or The Vibrator Play)

by Sarah Ruhl

Director: Bryna Wortman

Next Room NoLettering-3 copy 2Nominated for the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play and Selected as a Finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize

“Hovering at the dawn of electricity,” Dr Givings, a scientist, happily embraces his invention with which he can cure his patients’ (primarily female) “hysteria”. His wife, Mrs. Givings, a new mother, is consistently pulled toward the sounds emanating from the next room. With the innocent aid given her by the other characters–a distraught female patient and her upright husband, a midwife assistant, an African-American wet nurse and a male artist, Mrs. Givings pursues the light that can infuse her marriage with loving intimacy and open the heavens to delight here on earth. The playwright Sara Ruhl enlightens us with her tender, sometimes hilarious contemporary take on a comedy of manners set in the Victorian era.

Robert E. Will Theatre
October 15-17 & October 22-24, 2015, 7:30 PM
October 18 & 25, 3:00 PM
$20 General, $15 Seniors, URI Faculty/Staff, $12 Students

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The Caucasian Chalk Circle

by Bertolt Brecht,
A version by Frank McGuinness

Director: Vince Petronio
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Written towards the end of WWII and decidedly anti-Nazi, Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle is a play about politics, law, justice, parenthood and more. What defines a family? Who is responsible for taking care of mother earth?… of each other?… of our society? Brecht weaves comedy and drama throughout the play as his characters dance to life’s song. These characters are archetypes and larger than life thereby allowing the audience a mirror in which to view the choices we make, as compared to the choices the characters make. Whose side are we on? In Brecht’s theater the audience is expected to think as well as be entertained. He believed that unless an actor is having fun, the audience can’t! Moving, funny, thought provoking, challenging… what more could an audience want?

J Studio
December 3-5 & 10-12, 2015, 7:30 PM
December 6 & 13, 3:00 PM
$20 General, $15 Seniors, URI Faculty/Staff, $12 Students

Spring 2016

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by the United States Theatre Project
Written By Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli, Dramaturgy by Patricia Hersch, Conceived by PJ Paparelli

Director: Joe Short
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Sparked by the April 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, columbinus is a meeting of fact and fiction that illuminates the realities of adolescent culture by exploring the events surrounding the shootings. The play weaves together excerpts from discussions with parents, survivors and community leaders in Littleton as well as police evidence to bring to light the dark recesses of American adolescence. The New York Post said this drama is “a powerful and important piece about the churning rage that’s all too likely to bubble over again one day.” Join us for this compelling, unnerving study that bears witnessing.

J Studio
February 25-27 & March 3-5, 2016, 7:30 PM
February 28 & March 6, 3:00 PM
$20 General, $15 Seniors, URI Faculty/Staff, $12 Students

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Legally Blonde

Book by Heather Hach, Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin
Based on the Novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Motion Picture

Director: Paula McGlasson
Legally Blonde
Perfectly pink and infused with fun, frivolity and a come-from-behind, feel-good story, this upbeat musical comedy tells the tale of Elle Woods, a blonde sorority-sister valley girl who heads to Harvard Law School to win back her boyfriend, a big case, and our hearts while staying true to herself. Nominated for seven Tony Awards, Legally Blonde the musical is based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the 2001 MGM hit movie starring Reese Witherspoon.

Robert E. Will Theatre
April 21-23 & April 28-30, 2016, 7:30 PM
April 24 & May 1, 3:00 PM
$20 General, $18 Seniors, URI Faculty/Staff, $15 Students

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