Pomp And Circumstance
Nov. 13-16, 21-23 at 8 p.m.
Nov. 17 at 3 p.m.
World Premiere! Set on an elite Southern college campus, Pomp and Circumstance follows a random group of students one semester from graduation and busily preparing for their post-school lives. They meet three times a week for their senior seminar, called "Life and Literature," but no syllabus can prepare them for what's about to happen.
Playwright Randall David Cook is a Furman alum ('91) and a Duke Endowment Artist-in-Residence for the Fall 2013 semester. His plays Sake with the Haiku Geisha and Fate's Imagination both premiered Off-Broadway to critical acclaim, and his one-act drama Sushi & Scones won the Southeastern Playwrights Conference Award for Best Play and was broadcast as a BBC radio drama. His Southern plays (Southern Discomfort; Third Finger, Left Hand) have been produced in Cincinnati and Columbia, SC, and his works for high-school students have been produced in practically every state in the USA, as well as in Europe and Australia. A native of South Carolina now residing in New York City, Cook is Resident Playwright of Gotham Stage Company and a member of the Dramatists Guild.
These Shining Lives
Feb. 12-15, 20-22 at 8 p.m.
Feb. 16 at 3 p.m.
In the 1920s, The Radium Dial Corporation meant work for girls who never had the opportunity before. Catherine Donohue initially took the job as a way to supplement her husband's income. With the possibility to make what seemed an extravagant sum of up to $8 per day, the job gave her and the other "radium girls" newfound confidence and independence at a time when women had only recently been granted the right to vote.
The job was simple – painting glowing numbers on watch dials. The women were told not to worry about possible health concerns. In fact, radium was nothing but beneficial to the body and used to treat a wide variety of ailments.
Over the years those luminous watch dials came to mean more than money to the women who painted them. But the radioactive paint also meant tough choices and the fight of their lives. Closely based on actual events, These Shining Lives follows the story of four women who find lasting camaraderie and the courage to stand up against the company that stacked the odds against them.
The Imaginary Invalid
April 2-5, 10-12 at 8 p.m.
April 6 at 3 p.m.
The plays of the seventeenth-century French comic genius Moliére are most familiar to us today in elegant, rhymed translations of such masterpieces as Tartuffe and School for Wives.
As a young writer and actor, however, Moliére toured the French countryside and learned from the improvisational masters of the great Italian comedy troupes. With his last play The Imaginary Invalid, Moliére returned to the slapstick comedy of his youth to depict the misadventures of bumbling doctors and gullible patients.
Eberle Thomas's translation re-introduces us to a more conversational and funny Moliére, who is not the formal satirist we've come to expect.
In The Imaginary Invalid, the healing medicine of hearty laughter soothes our concerns about health care and age. You'll find that Moliére's humor is good-natured, pungent, and timely.