Theatre at Mary Baldwin2019-2020 season
The Mary Baldwin University Theatre Department, in the Fletcher Collins Theatre, plays host to five or more student productions a year. This versatile and intimate black box theatre produces dramas, comedies, experimental plays, and at least one musical per academic year. It is also home to the biennial student-directed One Act Festival held during May Term. As one of the many local theaters in the Staunton area, the Mary Baldwin Theatre Department is a haven for the avid theatre-goer.
The 2019-2020 Theatre Department Season:
Wed/ Thur/ Fri/ Sat evenings at 7:30 pm
Sat/ Sun matinees at 2 pm
“She Kills Monsters” October 30 – November 3
Qui Nguyen’s She Kills Monsters, directed by J.P. Schiedler, is a comedy that pivots between the “real” world and the world of fantasy. It relays the story of Agnes Evans after the death of her younger sister, Tilly. Agnes happens upon her sister’s notebook outlining strategies for the game Dungeons and Dragons. As she puzzles through the notebook, she does not only learn about this unfamiliar and fantastical game – she learns more about the life and love of her sister, a girl who reveals herself to be a warrior woman.
“The Love of the Nightingale” February 12 – 16
Timberlake Wertenbaker’s The Love of the Nightingale, directed by Doreen Bechtol, is a thought-provoking, feminist take, on an old tale from Ovid’s Metamorphosis – a tale well known as a source for Shakespeare’s early work. It elaborates upon the experience of Philomela, a woman who, brutalized and silenced, finds the strength to rise and exact revenge. This trying process, however, does not only transform her literally and figuratively, it helps her transcend an experience that threatened to define her.
“Helen,” April 1 – 5 CANCELLED
Ellen McLaughlin’s “Helen,” directed by Dr. Brian Granger. In this fresh take on Euripides’ tragicomedy, Helen never went to Troy but spent the war fought in her name in an Egyptian hotel room waiting for her husband Menelaus to come find her and take her home. In her odd exile, Helen receives visits from Io, a mythical figure who was once turned into a cow, and the goddess Athena, who informs her of the devastation that Helen’s empty image has wrought upon the world. Bewildered by her strange escape from her own story, even Menelaus’ final arrival cannot save Helen from the legend that has grown far larger than the woman who inspired it.
New to our season this year!
In addition to our full scale productions look for upcoming announcements about our student projects. These will include readings, performances, senior thesis projects, and more…it all depends on the imagination of the students. Look for such projects during late November and April as we draw to the close of each semester.