Season 9

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Antigone
By Sophocles
Directed by Julia Ewing

The conflict between the interests of the individual and the interests of the state fascinated audiences since the earliest days of the theatre.  Epitomized by Sophocles’ Creon and Antigone, these tensions have been explored by contemporary writers as well including Anouilh and Brecht.  The original telling, however, remains the most compelling expression of the tragedy.  Come discover (or rediscover) the classic that has moved audiences for over 2,000 years.

Anyone Can Whistle
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Arthur Laurents
Directed By Tony Lee Garner

A musical ahead of its time, this show opened on Broadway in 1964 and ran for only fourteen performances.  Thanks to a cast recording done the day after the show closed, Whistle quickly became a cult musical and today enjoys a growing popularity.  Even at the start its fresh approach to musical theatre was recognized by many including critic Martin Gottfried: “It’s simply that Anyone Can Whistle is a brilliantly inventive musical… It is a ringingly bright shout for individuality and because it is so individual itself, it is whole, it is fresh, it is new, and it is perfectly wonderful.”  We agree whole-heartedly and think you will, too!

Blue Window
By Craid Lucas
Directed by Frank Bradley

With Blue Window the comedy of manners enters the 21st century with characters as fresh and diverse as a Soho guest list.  The setting is a Manhatten dinner party with happenings before, during, and after unfolding in the play’s three scenes.  You’ll find it at times tender, at others farcically funny, always bracing and even intriguing.  Frank Bradley, new to the Rhodes faculty and to the McCoy, will direct.

Cymbeline
By William Shakespeare
Directed by John Rone

Called “experimental,” this late play reveals a virtuoso Shakespeare, combining comedy, tragedy, history and romance in a poetic tale of tension between familiar opposites—love and trust on the one hand and infidelity and betrayal on the other.  Some critics find the play “among the most notable [pieces] of dramatic structure anywhere.”  You will find in Cymbeline a rich and varied tapestry against which Shakespeare puts very real people in what turns out to be a surprisingly modern play.

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