2017-2018 Elmira College Theatre Season Announced

August 24 2017
Category: The Arts

Signs for comedy and tragedy on the theatre doors of the Elmira College campus

The 2017-2018 Theatre Season at Elmira College promises to be one of the best in the over 100-year history of the program. Comedy, drama, and musical theatre are all included in this year’s offerings.

The season begins in September with Barbara Lebow’s touching drama A Shayna Maidel. “An emotional powerhouse of almost overwhelming proportions,” the play concerns a Jewish father and daughter who escaped the atrocities of Poland in World War II trying to reunite with a daughter who arrives in New York shortly after the war. The New York Times called it “a tribute to the sustaining power of family and to man’s indomitability.” Performances are September 14 through 17 in Gibson Theatre.

God of Carnage, Yasmina Reza’s biting modern comedy (to be directed by senior theatre major Julie Salinero ’18) will fill the Watson Arena November 9 through 12. Two sets of parents, one of whose child has hurt the other at a public park, meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner. However, as the evening goes on, the parents become increasingly childish, resulting in the evening devolving into chaos. The play won both London’s Olivier Award and New York’s Tony Award for Best Play.

How The Other Half Loves is a classic farce by the inimitable Alan Ayckbourn. The plot is complex - three men all work for the same firm. One of the younger men is having an affair with the wife of the oldest, and when each returns home suspiciously late one night - or early one morning - they invent a story about having to spend time smoothing domestic matters in the home of the third man and his wife. Of course, the third couple has to show up to put the fat in the fire, but that complication only adds to the fun of this famous farce. Performances are February 8 through 11 in Gibson Theatre.

The ever-popular series of one-act plays directed by students will inhabit Watson Arena from March 22 through 25.

The season wraps up with the musical comedy, The Apple Tree, featuring three interrelated one-act musicals – Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (based upon Twain), The Lady and the Tiger, and a modern Cinderella tale entitled Passionella. Created by the brilliant songwriting team that brought forth such hits as Fiddler on the Roof and She Loves Me, this “witty, tuneful, and utterly charming” musical takes the Gibson Theatre stage May 24 through 26.

All Elmira College Theatre productions are free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances begin at 8:00 p.m., with matinees at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. (Please note there is no Sunday performance of The Apple Tree.)