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2016-2017 Season

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Fall 2016

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Good People

By David Lindsay-Abaire

Good PeopleIn Pulitzer-Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay Abaire’s funny, edgy contemporary play Good People Margie Walsh, single mother of a disabled adult daughter, just fired from her Dollar Store job, and facing eviction looks to an old boyfriend, now married and a father, Dr. Michael Dillon for help. Though Margie and Mike had their beginnings in Southie, lower working-class Boston, Margie remains embedded there while Mike has escaped to the well-to-do Chestnut Hill area. Though Margie’s predicament, Abaire explores life as a game of chance like the Bingo that she and her cronies play or do character choices play a role?
The URI Honors colloquium is cosponsoring Good People in its investigation of “Inequality and the American Dream.”

Robert E. Will Theatre, October 13-15 & October 20-22, 2016, 7:30 PM,
October 16 & 23, 3:00 PM
$20 General, $15 /Seniors, URI Faculty/Staff & Students


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Spring Awakening

Book & Lyrics by Steven Sater,  Music by Duncan Sheik
Based on the play by Frank Wedekind

Spring AwakeningThe winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening is a celebration of youth and self-discovery that combines classic text and rock and roll. Following a group of 19th Century German teens as they grapple with sexuality, morality and rebellion with scandalous consequences in a world of unresponsive adults, Spring Awakening explodes the boundaries of musical theatre to reveal the touching and passionate journey of growing up.

** Includes mature language and subject matter. Not recommended for children.**

Robert E. Will Theatre, December 1-3 & 8-10, 2016, 7:30 PM
December 4 & 11, 3:00 PM
$20 General, $18 Seniors, URI Faculty/Staff & Students

Spring 2017

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The School for Lies

By David Ives
Adapted from The Misanthrope by Molière

The School for LiesThe School For Lies is set in Paris in 1666 at a fashionable Salon run by a sharp tongued and witty young widow, Celimene. She is pursued by a number of shallow suitors whom she is able to live off of without ever taking them up on any of their offers. Enter Frank, who has recently changed his name while away in London. He is determined to live up to his new name by being frank and rude to everyone. When Frank and Celimene meet, the sparks fly in this hilarious adaptation of Molière’s The Misanthrope written by award winning playwright, David Ives!

J Studio, February 23-25 & March 2-4, 2017, 7:30 PM,
February 26 & March 5, 3:00 PM
$20 General, $15 Seniors, URI Faculty/Staff & Students

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The Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Adapted for the stage by Simon Levy

The Great GatsbyF. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby, adapted for the stage by Simon Levy remains the ever evocative story of the pursuit of wealth and romance in the roaring 1920’s-The Jazz Age. Enigmatic self-made millionaire Jay Gatsby pursues the married, moneyed Daisy Buchanan as his party guests drink and Charleston their frenzied way through life at his opulent Long Island mansion. The greed as evidenced by the surrounding consumerism and materialism is revealed through subtle and obvious class differences of old money, the newly rich as well as the working class that includes tom Buchanan’s mistress Myrtle Wilson. Fitzgerald artfully discloses the careless, callousness of the untouchable upper class with whom we are entranced as they literally get away with murder.

Robert E. Will Theatre, April 20-22 & April 27-29, 2017, 7:30 PM, April 23 & 30, 3:00 PM  $20 General, $15 Seniors, URI Faculty/Staff & StudentsAudition Information

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