The market for college theater in 2013-2014 has certainly raised the bar for entertainment in and around Washington, DC. Fans of the theater will not be disappointed with the variety of quality programs put on by District-area college production teams for the 2013-2014 academic year. From drama to comedy and serious themes to silly entertainment, the D.C. college theater scene has something for everyone. Students and professors have put together a season calendar full of diversity and thoughtful scripts. These four college productions represent the breadth of themes, characters and content being brought to life on stage throughout the 2013-2014 season in the District.
“The Rocky Horror Show”
4200 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
Date: Oct. 17-19, 2013
The cult classic, fanatic favorite “Rocky Horror Picture Show” by Richard O’Brien is brought to life at American University through the direction of Cara Gabriel and special arrangements by Samuel French, Inc. This zany, wacky, oddball comedy became an instant classic upon its release in 1975, and has been adapted in many ways since. American University’s live-action production promises to stay true to the bizarre personality of the film. With characters adapted from B-rate horror films pre-1980, overt sexual themes and unforgettable musical numbers, “The Rocky Horror Show” will be a fun-filled evening for mature audiences.
“Fabulation or, The Re-Education of Undine”
The Ira Aldridge Theater
2455 6th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20059
Date: Nov. 6-10, 2013
Raymond Caldwell directs this serious yet funny story of deserved fate, unexpected loss and uncertainty that portrays the struggles of one young African-American woman, Undine Barnes Calles, as she attempts to reconstruct a life after financial ruin brought on by her no-good absentee husband. Alone and pregnant, Undine is forced back to her roots in the projects of Brooklyn where she must find humility and courage to face her unexpected misfortunes. “Fabulation” is a social satire told equally through comedic relief and the drama of hardships. Audiences will laugh and nod along in agreement through Undine’s tale of reeducation and perseverance.
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Performing Arts and Humanities Building Theater
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
Date: Oct. 24-27, 2013
This contemporary-historical story re-imagines the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus who braved the underworld to retrieve his lover, Eurydice. But instead of the usual male-dominated rhetoric of Greek fantasies, this story is told through Eurydice’s perspective. Eurydice has lost her memory, sense of self and sense of reality as she trudges along the twisting haze of the underworld. Thanks to the creative direction of Nyalls Hartman, the audience is completely engulfed in the confusing, disorienting, treacherous environment of the underworld as Eurydice struggles to find truth, love and meaning in her life.
“For Colored Folks: An Adaptation”
University of Maryland, College Park
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
3800 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park, MD 20742-2635
Date: Feb. 1-2, 2014
The Dance Theater at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center hosts this performance, which pays homage to African-American writers and intellectuals, and is directed by Khalid Long. The script calls forth all forms of performance artistry including monologues, dance, music, acting, dialogue and movement. “For Colored Folks: An Adaptation” attempts to highlight the similarities of real people as opposed to misrepresenting differences. Audiences of all ages will enjoy an energetic cultural experience.
Kayleigh Bryant is a D.C. native, traveler, foodie, artist and frequent museum visitor. Her lifelong fascination with art has moved her to explore the themes, techniques and media artists have employed to express their ideas. Kayleigh has earned a Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.