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

Sleepwalking

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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.

2015-2016 Season Schedule

Opening Production - September 2015
9/18 7:30 pm Lily Dale Raabe Theatre Buy Tickets 
9/19 7:30 pm Lily Dale Raabe Theatre Buy Tickets 
9/20 2:30 pm Lily Dale Raabe Theatre Buy Tickets 
9/24 7:30 pm Lily Dale Raabe Theatre Buy Tickets 
9/25 7:30 pm Lily Dale Raabe Theatre Buy Tickets 
9/26 7:30 pm Lily Dale Raabe Theatre Buy Tickets 
Fall Production - November 2015
11/6 7:30 pm The Women of Lockerbie Raabe Theatre Buy Tickets 
11/7 7:30 pm The Women of Lockerbie Raabe Theatre Buy Tickets 
11/8 2:30 pm The Women of Lockerbie Raabe Theatre Buy Tickets 
11/12 7:30 pm The Women of Lockerbie Raabe Theatre Buy Tickets 
11/13 7:30 pm The Women of Lockerbie Raabe Theatre Buy Tickets 
11/14 7:30 pm The Women of Lockerbie Raabe Theatre Buy Tickets 
Winter Production - February 2016
2/19 7:30 pm Shakespeare in Rep
Loves Labour's Lost
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2/20 7:30 pm Shakespeare in Rep
Taming of the Shrew
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2/21 7:30 pm Shakespeare in Rep
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
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2/25 7:30 pm Shakespeare in Rep
Taming of the Shrew
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2/26 7:30 pm Shakespeare in Rep
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
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2/27 7:30 pm Shakespeare in Rep
Loves Labour's Lost
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Spring Production - April 2016
4/22 7:30 pm A Doll's House Raabe Theatre Buy Tickets 
4/23 7:30 pm A Doll's House Raabe Theatre Buy Tickets 
4/24 2:30 pm A Doll's House Raabe Theatre Buy Tickets 
4/28 7:30 pm A Doll's House Raabe Theatre Buy Tickets 
4/29 7:30 pm A Doll's House Raabe Theatre Buy Tickets 
4/30 7:30 pm A Doll's House Raabe Theatre Buy Tickets 

Lily Dale

By Horton Foote
Directed by Prof. Simon Provan
September 18-26, 2015

Chronologically, this is the third play in the cycle and jumps forward five years to 1909. On the invitation of his mother, Horace decides to leave Harrison, where he has been working at a dry goods store, for "brighter prospects" in Houston. Soon after arriving, however, he unexpectedly finds himself less than welcome. The New York Post wrote of the original Off-Broadway success, "It has a shimmering sense of a world remembered . . . a play to remember," while the Christian Science Monitor stated, "In the typically appealing Horton Foote manner, 'Lily Dale' mixes the bitter with the sweet, the sad with the comic."

The Women of Lockerbie

By Deborah Brevoort
Guest Director
November 6-14, 2015

It is December 1995 - the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attack on U.S.-bound flight Pan Am 103 - and Madeline is roaming the Scottish hills of Lockerbie in search of any remnant of her son who perished in the crash. She encounters the women of the area who have been at odds with the U.S. Government regarding their plan to return personal items to the families. Loosely based on actual facts, this award-winning poetic drama is structured in the form of a Greek tragedy. Critical commentary includes, "…a gorgeous and moving play…" "…a testament to the power of women's voices and poetry's ability to shift the way we perceive the world…" "…a stunning display of raw emotion, a powerhouse drama, a masterful and cathartic experience…"

Shakespeare in Rep

By William Shakespears
Produced by Prof. Jay Siersyzn
February 19-27, 2016

Loves Labour's Lost: February 19 and 27
The Taming of the Shrew: February 20 and 25
The Two Gentlemen of Verona: February 21 and 26

A company of student actors will work and prepare three comedies of Shakespeare in a manner referred to today as "original practices." Based on the historical condition of the "players" presenting DIFFERENT dramas and comedies DAILY (in "repertory"), some people believe that much more of the show was the creative and technical product of the individual actors than today's practice of director and designer-led cohesively conceptual performances. With very little time for group rehearsals, the performances take on an added intensity and energy resulting in truly unique, one-time events that are not to be missed!

A Doll's House

By Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Prof. Simon Provan
April 22-30, 2016

This landmark play of the late 19th Century helped usher Western theatre into the Modern era. Still controversial today, it has been examined and re-examined for 135 years through the lens of many "isms." Ibsen spoke of the purpose of his writing as "the description of humanity," and one of the foundations of drama in a New Society was that characters seek their "identity." In A Doll's House, life seems to be going well for Ibsen's protagonist, Nora, and her young family - husband Torvald has just been promoted, the children are excited, and Christmastime rings through the house. But this is only the surface appearance and the undercurrents of past, present, and future rock this household from the opening scene to the final, shocking conclusion.

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