Friday, April 21, 2017

Mesa Community College Theatre and Film Arts' 2017 / 2018 Season

Adapted for the stage by Paul Sills from stories in the Grimm Brothers’ Collection and Aesop’s Fables
Directed by Kevin Dressler

Auditions: August 23rd and 24th 2017
Performances: October 6th, 7th 12th, 13th 2017 at 7pm / October 7th and 14th 2017 at 2pm in the MCC Theatre

Friday tours to Mesa Public Schools locations from October 20th  – November 17th
Genre: Children's Comedy

An exciting, unconventional, dramatic romp through the Grimm Brothers Fairytales and Aesop’s Fables.

Paul Sill’s Story Theatre is a rousing, fun‐filled presentation of oft‐told children’s tales taken from the Grimm Brothers Fairytales and Aesop’s Fables such as The Golden Goose, Henny Penny, The Bremen Town Musicians, The Fisherman & his Wife and The Master Thief. This creatively staged series of brief vignettes will engage the young and spark the joyful memories of the young‐at‐heart. Paul Sills is the founding mind behind Chicago’s famous Second City Improv and the son of the founder of modern improvisational theatre, Viola Spolin.

Cast Size: 5m, 3f – Roles will be doubled TBD
Characters: THE BREMEN TOWN MUSICIANS: Ass, Hound, Cat, Cock, Chief, Messenger HENNY PENNY: Henny
Penny, Cocky Locky, Ducky Daddles, Goosey Poosey, Turkey  Lurkey, Foxy Woxy THE MASTER THIEF: Old Man, Wife,
Master Thief, Count, 1st  Soldier, 2nd  Soldier, 3rd Soldier, Countess, Parson, Clerk
THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE: Narrator, Fisherman, Flounder, Wife
THE GOLDEN GOOSE: Mother, Eldest Son, 2nd Son, Simpleton, Little Grey Man, 1stDaughter, 2nd Daughter, Parson,
Sexton, Peasant, King, Princess

Appropriate for all audiences

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by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by David Barker

Auditions: October 10th and 11th 2017
Performances: December 1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th,  2017 at 7:30pm / December 2nd and 9th 2017 at 2pm in the MCC Theatre
Genre: Tragedy

Don't look back.

In Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists, and breathtaking visual effects, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story.

Cast Size: 5m, 2f
Characters: Eurydice, Her Father, Orpheus, A Nasty Interesting Man/The Lord of the Underworld A Chorus of
Stones: Big Stone, Little Stone, Loud Stone
Target Audience: Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 ‐ 18)

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by Anne Washburn
Directed by Ron May

Auditions: March 5th and 6th 2018
Performances: April 20th, 21st, 26th, 27th 2018 at 7:30pm / April 21st and 28th 2018 at 2pm in the MCC Theatre

Genre: Dark Comedy

What will endure when the cataclysm arrives—when the grid fails, society crumbles, and we’re faced
with the task of rebuilding?

Anne Washburn’s imaginative dark comedy propels us forward nearly a century, following a new
civilization stumbling into its future. After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors share a campfire and begin to piece together the plot of "The Simpsons" episode "Cape Feare" entirely from memory. 7 years later, this and other snippets of pop culture (sitcom plots, commercials, jingles, and pop songs) have become the live entertainment of a post‐apocalyptic society, sincerely trying to hold onto its past. 75 years later, these are the myths and legends from which new forms of performance are created. A paean to live theater, and the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another.

Cast Size: 3m, 5f – Roles are doubled and tripled
Characters: MATT ‐ Homer/Scratchy, JENNY ‐ Marge/Marge, SUSANNAH ‐ Lisa & Second FBI Agent/Itchy, SAM ‐
Bart/Mr. Burns, COLLEEN ‐ First FBI Agent/Lisa, GIBSON ‐ Loving Husband &  Sideshow Bob/Homer, QUINCY ‐
Businesswoman/Bart, NEDRA ‐ Edna Krabappel
Cautions: Gun Shots, Mild Adult Themes
Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences, Adult

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