Spring 2015: Failure: A Love StoryFailure: A Love Story takes us to 1928, the last year of each of the Fail Sisters’ lives. As with so many things in life–blunt objects, disappearances and consumption–they never saw death coming. This performance is a magical, musical fable that traces the sisters’ triumphs and defeats, lived out in the rickety two-story building by the Chicago River that was the Fail family home and clock shop. This funny, moving and profoundly wise play reminds us that in the end, all that remains in love. This production will be performed in the Allan Carr Theater in Hixon Hall at 7:30 p.m. on March 26-28 and April 2-4.
Fall 2014: Shakespeare’s As You Like It
When banishment turns into an adventure, two women embark on a journey with hidden identities and a desire for freedom. Directed by Professor Chloe Johnston and performed by a student cast, As You Like It tells the story of young love in paradise, using the original Shakespearean script in a modern setting. This production was performed in the Allan Carr Theater in Hixon Hall November 13-15 and November 20-22, 2014.
Spring 2014: Little Women
A delightful adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic youth-coming-of-age novel about the adventures of the four March sisters–Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy–as they make the transition from adolescence into adulthood. The music deepens each memorable moment of this wonderful story. This performance ran from March 27-29 and April 3-5, 2014.
Fall 2013: Occupy! Scenes from a Movement
The fall 2013 theater production was a newly created play based on the Occupy Wall Street movement in Zuccotti Park, New York City in the fall of 2011. It ran November 14-16 and November 21-23, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Through interviews and research, Lake Forest College students have worked with director and writer Richard Corley to create this original and exciting piece of theater. View photos from the rehearsals here.
Spring 2013: All of Orestes
The Department of Theater presents All of Orestes, directed by Sean Graney, Artistic Director of The Hypocrites in Chicago. All of Orestes is a three-act look at Orestes and his descent into matricidal madness. A modern adaptation of nearly all the Greek tragedies that feature Orestes (Aeschylus’ Oresteia, Sophocles’ Elektra, and Euripides’ Elektra, Orestes, Andromache and Iphigenia in Tauris). Orestes returns to Argos ten years after his mother kills his father to enact murderous revenge with the help of his sister Elektra. Hunted by the Furies, he finally abandons his flight and stands trial under a new system of justice. Shows were performed February 21 through March 2, 2013.
Fall 2012: The Chicken Bone
The 2012-2013 theater season opened with “The Chicken Bone,” performed November 8-17, 2012. “Hunger makes us do very strange things…” In a house in a wood, a boy and a girl tell each other stories. They tell tales of the days when people ate the sky and birds and mice could speak. They tell stories of how bananas came to be and what the animals drank before there was water. Only, the boy lives in a cage. And they are trapped by an evil witch. In a house made of gingerbread… This re-telling of the dark tale of “Hansel and Gretel” weaves together stories and folk tales from many cultures that share one theme: what we eat. This production, collaboratively created by the director and the cast, ties into the Lake Forest College-wide theme of food.
Spring 2012: 44 Plays for 44 Presidents
The Department of Theater’s spring 2012 season concluded with 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, a chronological, biographical survey of the lives and presidencies of each of the 44 men who have held the office so far. Originally created by Chicago’s Neo-Futurist Theatre Company (home of the long-running late-night show, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind), the show veers from comedy to tragedy and back again—much like history itself. Our production of 44 Plays for 44 Presidents will also be part of the 2012 44 Plays Festival—an exciting year-long event linking 44 separate productions of the play across the country. Check out the 44 Plays for 44 Presidents tumblr! The production was held on campus in the Carr Theatre, Hixon Hall April 5-14, 2012.
Fall 2011: Pirates of Penzance
The Lake Forest College Departments of Music and Theater put together a collaborative production of The Pirates of Penzance, one of Gilberts and Sullivan’s most beloved operettas. The Pirates of Penzance, or the Slave of Duty, was premiered in 1879 in New York and London and remains one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most beloved operettas. Featuring a band of softhearted pirates and a bevy of beautiful maidens, the show is a delightful masterpiece of parody and satire. The production will be co-produced by Don Meyer, Chair of Music, and Richard Pettengill, Chair of Theater. It was performed at the Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road in Lake Forest November 10-13, 2011.