August 23 2016
Category: The Arts
The year begins with Aristophanes’ 2300-year-old comedy The Frogs, followed by Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize winning A Delicate Balance. Winter Term brings Deborah Zoe Laufer’s Informed Consent (which concerns issues of Bioethics) and Feydeau’s farcical frolic A Gown For His Mistress. The musical comedy Seesaw, featuring the music of Cy Coleman, closes out the season.
The Frogs, which follows Heracles (Hercules) as he travels to the underworld to bring one of Greece’s great Greek playwrights back to the living world, combines traditional slapstick and low comedy with what is considered by many, the world’s first commentary on dramatic literature. Performances are scheduled for October 13th through the 16th in Gibson Theatre.
A Delicate Balance, which has been referred to as the play about “undefined terror,” is in reality a deeply moving play about fear, loss, and the escape from reality. From the author who gave us Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Zoo Story, and Three Tall Women, the play will be presented in the college’s Watson Arena December 8th through 11th.
Informed Consent, from Deborah Zoe Laufer, considers the ethics of genetic research upon Native American peoples. As the New York Times suggested, the play “raises provocative questions about the potential conflicts between scientific discovery and religious beliefs.” Performances in Gibson Theatre will be held February 9th through 12th.
A Gown For His Mistress, to be performed in Watson Arena March 30th through April 2nd, is a true French farce, with mistaken identities, unforeseen occurrences, and farcical abandon. Playwright Georges Feydeau’s plays have delighted Parisian and worldwide audiences for over 100 years.
Seesaw, based upon William Gibson’s classic Two for the Seesaw, is a bright and brassy musical comedy about a wonderfully mismatched pair who must, inevitably, find one another. To be performed in Gibson Theatre, the show is scheduled for May 25th through the 28th.
All productions offer performances Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 2:00 p.m. The performances are free of charge and open to the community. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are not accepted. For information, contact the Elmira College Theatre Department at 607-735-1981.