The cast of Picnic, 2017
The cast of "Picnic"

Department of Theatre

» Calendar of Events - 2017/2018

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+ - FALL 2017

Poster for CabaretOctober 19-21
CABARET
Book by Joe Masteroff, based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Directed by Michael Nehring

Musical: Making its Musco Center debut, Cabaret is set in the shadows of Germany’s post-World War I depression as the culture transitions from an underground, avant-garde epicenter to the beginnings of Hitler’s totalitarian regime and rise of the Nazi Party. This wildly popular, brilliant and fierce play features songs that are classics of American Musical Theater.  A sexy, vibrant, and high-energy musical, Cabaret pushes the boundaries of the form while holding a mirror up to our very human nature. (Mature Audiences)

Musco Center for the Arts
7:30pm – Oct. 19, 20, 21
2:00pm – Oct. 21
$25 reserved seating; $15 senior citizens 65+, alumni and non-Chapman students; $10 Chapman Community
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November 30, December 1-2 & 7-9
APPROPRIATE by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Directed by Trevor Biship

Drama:  In the aftermath of a patriarch's death, three adult children discover a lifetime of family mementos, including those that reveal a despicable history. Set on a crumbling Arkansas estate, Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins' Appropriate is a scathing examination of the acts of racism, systemic and individual, that white Americans perpetrate, perpetuate and defend everyday.  (Mature Audiences)

Waltmar Theatre
7:30pm – Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2, 7, 8, & 9
2:00pm – Dec. 2 & 9
$20 reserved seating; $15 senior citizens 65+, alumni and non-Chapman students; $10 Chapman Community
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+ - SPRING 2018

February 15-March 3
DESDEMONA: A PLAY ABOUT A HANDKERCHIEF by Paula Vogel
Presented in rep with OTHELLO
Directed by Nanci Carol Ruby

Comedy: In Desdemona, A Play About A Handkerchief, Paula Vogel takes us on a journey behind the scenes of Shakespeare’s Othello. We meet the female characters of this story in sharp contrast to their original depiction. The tragedy is that each woman struggles alone, using the others as means to an end. There are no innocent victims in the female-dominated room Vogel creates, but outside the door, a palpable and senseless violence awaits. Much like Shakespeare’s Othello, Vogel’s Desdemona is a cautionary tale. Can Desdemona, Emilia, and Bianca forge a trust before it is too late?

Waltmar Theatre
7:30pm – Feb. 15, 21, 23, 24, 28, & Mar. 2
2:00pm – Feb. 18 & Mar. 3
$20 general admission; $15 senior citizens 65+, alumni and non-Chapman students; $10 Chapman Community
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February 16-March 3
OTHELLO by William Shakespeare
Presented in rep with DESDEMONA: A PLAY ABOUT A HANDKERCHIEF
Directed by Thomas F. Bradac

Drama: The Othello story revolves around its two central characters: Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army and his unfaithful ensign, Iago. This tragic drama explores the enduring themes of racism, love, jealousy, betrayal, revenge and repentance.

Waltmar Theatre
7:30pm – Feb. 16, 17, 20, 22, Mar. 1 & Mar. 3
2:00pm – Feb. 24 & Feb. 25
$20 general admission; $15 senior citizens 65+, alumni and non-Chapman students; $10 Chapman Community
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April 12-14
STUDENT PRODUCED ONE ACTS

A team of student directors, producers, stage managers, designers, and other members of the creative team create and produce this special program of short plays for our stage. Always creative, inventive, and at times provocative and compelling, this is a theatre event not to be missed!

Studio Theatre, MC 149
7:30pm – Apr. 12, 13, & 14
2:00pm – Apr. 14
$15 general admission; $10 senior citizens 65+, alumni, and non-Chapman students, $5 Chapman Community
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April 26-28, May 3-5
THE RESISTABLE RISE OF ARTURO UI by Bertolt Brecht

Drama: Brecht's shudderingly accurate parallel between Hitler and his henchmen on the one hand and the old crime lords of Chicago on the other is a vigorous eye opener that was produced on Broadway with Christopher Plummer. The Cauliflower Trust in Chicago is in need of help and turns to a racketeer by the name of Arturo Ui to begin a "protection" campaign. His henchmen look astonishingly like Goebbels and Goring. Their activities include "accidental" fires and a St. Valentine's Day massacre.

Waltmar Theatre
7:30pm – Apr. 26, 27, 28, May 3, 4, & 5
2:00pm – Apr. 28 & May 5
$20 reserved seating; $15 senior citizens 65+, alumni and non-Chapman students; $10 Chapman Community
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