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DePauw Theatre

Spring 2017

Street Scenes of putnam county and DePauw: Original Stories by, for and about our Community

Collectively Created by Community Members
Directed by Tim Good

March 16-18 | 7:30 p.m.
March 19 | 1 p.m.

 

Street Scenes of Putnam County and DePauw will be created during February and March of 2017, with meetings and rehearsals at the Putnam County Museum and on the campus of DePauw University.

Faculty member Tim Good brings his group storytelling techniques to provide an offering that will be by, for and about the Putnam County community, including DePauw. DePauw graduates with similar group storytelling expertise will return to lend their talent and skill.

Look for more announcements after the new year, and plan to get involved in the creation of this unique performance. People of all experience levels are highly encouraged; no previous performance experience necessary. Many levels of involvement are possible, from a few nights per week to full engagement.

If interested, please contact Tim Good at tgood@depauw.edu, or at 765-658-4486.


Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches

Written by Tony Kushner
Directed by Steve Timm

April 21-22 | 7:30 p.m.
April 23 | 1 p.m.


Fall 2016

COMPANY

MUSIC AND LYRICS BY STEPHEN SONDHEIM
BOOK BY GEORGE FURTH
DIRECTED BY M. SUSAN ANTHONY
STEVEN LINVILLE ’06, MUSIC DIRECTOR

SEPT. 29-30 | 7:30 P.M.
OCT. 1 | 2 P.M. AND 7:30 P.M.
OCT. 2 | 4 P.M.

“Phone rings, door chimes, in comes Company!” DePauw Theatre and DePauw’s School of Music present the Tony-awarding winning musical Company, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. 

Perennially single Bobby is pushed toward matrimony by his married friends: long-married Sarah and Harry, about-to-be-married Amy and Paul, about-to-get-divorced Susan and Peter, married-with-kids Jenny and David, and many-times-married Joanne and Larry. Worse, Bobby gets more pressure from girlfriends April, Mara and Kathy, who hope that he will –finally – commit. Called, “diamond sharp, funny and chilling,” this award-winning musical comedy features iconic songs from Stephen Sondheim. Join a stellar cast for Company, a witty and acerbic musical commentary on love – and marriage.


THE GOOD PERSON OF SZECHWAN

WRITTEN BY BERTOLT BRECHT
DIRECTED BY GIGI JENNEWEIN
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY JERALD PARKS '17

NOV. 17-19 | 7:30 P.M.
NOV. 20 | 1 P.M

Can one be good in a corrupt world? This is the central question in Bertolt Brecht’s timeless parable about Shen Te, the good prostitute, who must ultimately employ bad practices to have even the most basic of life’s necessities. While the title of the play suggests a Chinese setting, it is no stretch to imagine – as we do – that the story happens in a modern U.S. city, in one of those places, according to Brecht “where man is exploited by man.”   

When Shen Te alone satisfies the need of visiting “gods” to prove success with their governing policies, she is rewarded with money. Not unsurprisingly, Shen Te uses her windfall to better herself and the lives of her impoverished friends and neighbors. But her good deeds are exploited and impossible to sustain, and Shen Te is forced to resort to deceit and oppression nearly killing off her much desired and admired goodness. 

As with most of his work, Brecht is critiquing societal politics that make it so difficult to adhere to moral principles. And he hopes – as do we – that his work will inspire play-goers to question why and work towards change.