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WLC Theatre Department

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Seating diagram for the Raabe Theatre.

2014-2015 Season Schedule

Opening Production - September 2014
9/19 7:30 pm Sleepwalking Raabe Theatre
9/20 7:30 pm Sleepwalking Raabe Theatre
9/21 2:30 pm Sleepwalking Raabe Theatre
9/25 7:30 pm Sleepwalking Raabe Theatre
9/26 7:30 pm Sleepwalking Raabe Theatre
9/27 7:30 pm Sleepwalking Raabe Theatre
Fall Production - November 2014
11/7 7:30 pm Roots in a Parched Ground Raabe Theatre
11/8 7:30 pm Roots in a Parched Ground Raabe Theatre
11/9 2:30 pm Roots in a Parched Ground Raabe Theatre
11/13 7:30 pm Roots in a Parched Ground Raabe Theatre
11/14 7:30 pm Roots in a Parched Ground Raabe Theatre
11/15 7:30 pm Roots in a Parched Ground Raabe Theatre
Winter Production - February 2015
2/19 7:30 pm 10-Minute Original Play
Showcase
Raabe Theatre
2/20 7:30 pm 10-Minute Original Play
Showcase
Raabe Theatre
2/21 7:30 pm 10-Minute Original Play
Showcase
Raabe Theatre
2/22 2:30 pm 10-Minute Original Play
Showcase
Raabe Theatre
Spring Production - April 2015
4/16 7:30 pm The Miser Raabe Theatre Buy tickets
4/18 7:30 pm The Miser Raabe Theatre Buy tickets
4/19 2:30 pm The Miser Raabe Theatre Buy tickets
4/23 7:30 pm The Miser Raabe Theatre Buy tickets
4/24 7:30 pm The Miser Raabe Theatre Buy tickets
4/25 7:30 pm The Miser Raabe Theatre Buy tickets

Sleepwalking

2014 Sleepwalking Image

By Sean Gaffney
Directed by Prof. Simon Provan
September 19-27, 2014

Thomas is sleepwalking through life looking for reasons - and today he seeks a reason not to die. In a manner that echoes classical tragedy, author Sean Gaffney's main character encounters the terrible so his audience may leave the theatre with hope. Presented as a type of "mindscape," Sleepwalking is a journey through the bits and pieces of Thomas' life - the challenges and struggles as well as the glorious and sublime. Although his wife reminds him that "everyone is born to die, but everyone is living until then," it doesn't relieve Thomas of questioning faith, dealing with guilt, and accepting forgiveness. Audience talk-backs follow every performance. Run time is 90 minutes.

Roots in a Parched Ground

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By Horton Foote
Directed by Prof. Jay Sierszyn
November 7-15, 2014

The WLC Theatre Department is making a commitment to present all nine plays of Horton Foote's Orphans' Home Cycle. Set at the turn of the 20th Century in fictional Harrison, Texas, Roots... is the first of the plays and introduces us to the Robedaux and Thornton families (stand-ins for Foote's grandparents). Young Horace, the cycle’s protagonist, is dealing with the impending death of his father and his mother’s move to Houston and now must take his first steps on his own - but in which direction? Foote has been called "America's Chekhov" and has received awards for his screenplays of To Kill a Mockingbird, Tender Mercies, and Trip to Bountiful. Journalist Jim Lehrer has said, "Horton Foote is a national treasure. His contributions to American literature and theater and film are in the treasures he mines and shares in plays like these. The words and the people who speak them are real. So are the tears and the laughs, the frowns and grins." Audience talk-backs follow every performance. Run time is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes.

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10-Minute Original Play Showcase

February 19-22, 2015 

Five original plays by WLC students will make their premiere in full production on the Raabe Theatre stage. This production will feature not only the acting and technical skills of WLC students, but also their original voices as playwrights. Selected from a pool of submissions, the short plays range from the comic to the serious and a few points in-between. Tickets are complimentary for this production.

The plays, playwrights, and alumni directors: Court's Decisions by Drea DeVos '19, directed by Rachael Lau '06; Five Minutes with My Sister by Kimberly Neuman '15, directed by Sarah (Tullberg) Sierszyn '09; Hoflieder's Unfinished Symphony by Alison Rosenblum '15, directed by Kristen Kraklow '11; Shakespeare in Hell by Joshua Scheibe '15, directed by Linnea Koeppel '10; and With or Without You by Marah Nitz '17, directed by Stacy (Lorfeld) Becker '05.

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The Miser

By Moliere
Directed by Prof. Simon Provan
April 16-25, 2015

From the author of Tartuffe, presented originally at the court of Louis XIV in 1668, The Miser is a brilliant, fast-paced farce by France's many-sided genius of the comic stage. Alfred Bates, in his 1906 history of theatre, writes of the play's title character: "He is generally regarded as the most vivid embodiment yet in existence of the sordid passion which absorbs his mind. Many of his actions and sayings have passed into proverbs. He is the bourgeois miser who steals the oats from his horses; who is distracted by the suspicion that his children intend to rob him; who, from a constitutional objection to the word 'give,' will only say 'I lend you' good day; who will sacrifice his daughter to a stupid old man rather than give her a modest dowry; who, on finding it necessary to entertain ten persons at supper, provides for eight only; who counsels his gambling son to lend out at good interest the money he wins; whose love for a young woman yields in the end to avarice; and who is, even in the end, anxious to increase as well as hoard what he possesses." Audience talk-backs follow every performance.

Learn more about the theatre academic program at Wisconsin Lutheran College.