Sept. 19, 2020
A 24-Hour Play Festival
Starting at 7:30 pm Friday (Wallace Hall Plaza); Performance 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Wallace Hall Plaza)
What happens when entire plays are created, rehearsed, staged and performed for an audience – all in the span of 24 hours? Just about anything. And it’s a whole lot of fun to watch!
Welcome to FusionFest VII – Monmouth College Department of Theatre’s seventh-annual 24-hour play festival!
Here’s how it works: At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, a group of playwrights will each randomly draw a team of actors, a director and a random phrase. The intrepid (and soon-to-be sleep-deprived) playwrights then have a mere 12 hours to write a short play featuring their actors and, at some point in the dialogue, their random phrase. At 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, the playwrights hand off their brand-new creations, and the director and actors then have until 7:30 p.m. to rehearse, stage and memorize it all before performing before a live audience on Saturday night.
Hilarity and hijinks are bound to ensue as part of this chaotic and exciting theatrical event!
Directed by students of THEA 377: Principles of Directing
At Wallace Hall Plaza
An Enemy of the People
By Henrik Ibsen, Adapted by Arthur Miller
Oct. 23, 25, 29, 31, 2020
Thursday-Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday at 2 p.m.
When Dr. Stockmann discovers that the water in the small Norwegian town in which he is the resident physician has been contaminated, he does what any responsible citizen would do: reports it to the authorities. But Stockmann’s good deed has the potential to ruin the town’s reputation as a popular spa destination, and instead of being hailed as a hero, Stockmann is labeled an enemy of the people. Arthur Miller’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s classic drama is a classic in itself, a penetrating exploration of what happens when the truth comes up against the will of the majority. A story for our politically challenging times.
Directed by Professor Doug Rankin
Dead Man’s Cell Phone
by Sarah Rhul
November 20, 22, 2020
Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m.
An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man – with a lot of loose ends. So begins Dead Man’s Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative new comedy by MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl. A work about how we memorialize the dead – and how that remembering changes us – it is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.
Join our talk-back session immediately following our Saturday night performance.
Directed by the Theatre Directing Class
Gruesome Playground Injuries
By Rajiv Joseph
February 25-28, 2021
Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m.
Over the course of 30 years, the lives of Kayleen and Doug intersect at the most bizarre intervals, leading the two childhood friends to compare scars and the physical calamities that keep drawing them together.
Directed by Professor Todd Quick
Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein;
Music by Jason Howland;
Book by Allan Knee
April 15-18, 2021
Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm; Sunday at 2pm
Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.
Directed by Dr. Vanessa Campagna