Wabash Announces 2004-2005 Theater Season
by Karen Handley
August 26, 2004
Get directions to Wabash College Fine Arts Center
The Wabash College Theater Department has announced the College's
2004-2005 theater season and the audition schedules.
In 2004-2005, seating for Theater productions will be by general
admission, though free tickets are required for Theater productions.
Tickets for Fall Semester events will be available September 1, 2004.
Tickets for Spring Semester events will be available on January 26, 2005.
Contact the Fine Arts Center Box Office by email at
firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: 765-361-6411; or by mail at Fine Arts
Center Box Office, Wabash College, P.O. Box 352, Crawfordsville, IN
47933-0352. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12
noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m. The box office will open 90 minutes before
curtain time for Visiting Artists events. Tickets not claimed at the Box
Office 10 minutes prior to curtain will be released to the general
1776, book by Peter Stone, music and lyrics by Sherman
Edwards, will start off the season at Wabash. Auditions will be held
August 26-27 at 7 p.m. in Ball Theater. Performances will be October 7-9
at 8 p.m. with the exception of October 9 which will begin 2 p.m. The
performance will be in Ball Theater in the Fine Arts Center.
1776, a legendary and unique Broadway musical, was first
performed in 1969 (becoming a lavish screen musical in 1972) and
received the Tony Award as Best Musical. 1776 is set in the
Continental Congress in May, June, and July 1776 as the founding fathers
struggle against congressional apathy, military disaster, personal
pressures, and Philadelphia's blazing heat wave to establish the USA.
Musical sequences and dialogue are drawn directly from contemporary
accounts, minutes of the Congressional sessions, and the correspondence
of John Adams and his wife, Abigail. A charming score, bold dramatic
scenes, and memorable characters make 1776 one of the classics of
the musical stage.
The second production of the season will be the Studio One-Acts,
written and directed by Wabash College students. Performances will be
presented November 12-13 at 8 p.m. each evening.
The Studio One-Acts provide an opportunity for theater students to
showcase their skills. These projects emphasize the importance of the
collaborative creative process and demonstrate the Wabash College
Theater Department’s belief that powerful and imaginative theater can
thrive in productions of limited scale.
The third production of the season will be The “Vaudevilles” of
Chekhov, a collection of short plays by Anton Chekhov. Auditions for
the play are scheduled for January 12-13 at 7 p.m. each evening in Ball
Theater and performances will take place February 23-26 at 8 p.m. each
evening in Ball Theater.
Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) is known principally for his full-length plays—
The Cherry Orchard, Uncle Vanya, and The Seagull—but
early in his career he wrote several farcical one-acts he dubbed
"vaudevilles." Each of these short plays deals with a subject that
Chekhov would continue to explore in his later, more famous work: love,
in all its manifestations. In The Proposal, a heated property
dispute derails a marriage proposal with outrageously funny
consequences, and in The Bear, an enraged creditor falls
spontaneously in love with his debtor's widow as she vehemently refuses
to pay her deceased husband's debt. These short witty plays, rife with
characteristically Chekhovian insight, will share a bill with Chekhov's
The Anniversary, a play of explosive relationships and comic anarchy.
The fourth and final production of the season will be Take Me Out
by Richard Greenberg, which will be presented April 20-23 with performances
starting at 8 p.m. each evening in Ball Theater. Auditions are set for
March 14-15 at 7 p.m. each evening in Ball Theater.
Darren Lemming is the star center fielder for the champion New York
Empires. An extraordinary athlete, he fills both his fans and his
teammates with awe at his abilities and his presence on and off the
field. When he casually reveals a long hidden secret, his team and his
life are thrown into turmoil and confusion. Take Me Out was the
winner of the 2003 Tony Award, New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, and
Drama Desk Award for Best Play. "An enchanting and enchanted take on
baseball...Both passionately personal and lyrically analytical...Take
Me Out is an unconditional, all-American epiphany that, in these
days of fretful ambivalence, is something to cherish."—Ben Brantley,
The New York Times.