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Fall 2018

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Sept. 26-30

Theatre: RIC Mainstage Theatre

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"Cherry Orchard" by Anton Chekhov
translated by Curt Columbus
Tyler Dobrowsky, director
Sept. 26-29, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 29-30, 2 p.m.
Helen Forman Theatre

General admission $15
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $12
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) $10
RIC faculty, staff and alumni (limit 2 per ID) $5
RIC students (limit 2 per ID) $5   

An aristocratic Russian family tries to hold on in challenging economic times, hoping to preserve a way of life amidst the inevitable pressures of “progress.” When presented with options to fend off impending foreclosure, can the family rise to the challenge? This new translation by Trinity Rep’s Curt Columbus is a funny, sensual classic about change, loss, renewal and moving forward.

Nov. 14-18

Theatre: RIC Mainstage Theatre

"Quilters the Musical" by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek
Bill Wilson, director
Angelica Vessella, choreographer
Stephen Decesare, musical director
Nov. 14-17, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 17-18, 2 p.m.
Helen Forman Theatre

General admission $20
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $16
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) $10
RIC faculty, staff and alumni (limit 2 per ID) $5
RIC students (limit 2 per ID) $5   

This tender, moving play about a pioneer woman and her six daughters skillfully blends a series of interrelated scenes into a memorable musical. Each scene is introduced by a quilt square or “block” symbolic of life’s passages. During each block, the actresses skillfully transform into different characters whose stories depict the lot of women on the prairie. Combining music, dance and drama, “Quilters” captures both the harsh challenges and the abiding rewards of frontier life with vivid dramatic intensity.

Nov. 30-Dec. 2

Theatre: RIC Growing Stage

"When We Were Young and Unafraid" by Sarah Treem
Marisa Rebelo, director
Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 2, 2 p.m.
Helen Forman Theatre

General Admission $5

In the early 1970s, before Roe v. Wade, before the Violence Against women Act, Agnes has turned her quiet bed-and-breakfast into one of the few spots where victims of domestic violence can seek refuge. But to Agnes’ dismay, her latest runaway, Mary Anne, is beginning to influence Agnes’ college-bound daughter, Penny. As the drums of a feminist revolution grow louder outside, Agnes is forced to confront her own presumptions about the women she’s spent her life trying to help.

Spring 2019​

Feb. 20-24

Theatre: RIC Mainstage Theatre

"The Marriage of Bette & Boo by Christopher Durang"
Connie Crawford, director
Feb 20-23, 7:30 p.m.
Feb 23-24, 2 p.m.
Helen Forman Theatre

General Admission $15
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $12
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) $10
RIC faculty, staff and alumni (limit 2 per ID) $5
RIC students (limit 2 per ID) $5

As the play begins, Bette and Boo are being united in matrimony, surrounded by their beaming families. But as the further progress of their marriage is chronicled, it becomes increasing clear that things are not working out quite as hoped for. A brilliant and sparkling funny dissection of marriage and the family in contemporary America, by theatre’s master satirist, Christopher Durang. Winner of the Obie Award.

Apr. 11-14

Theatre: RIC Mainstage Theatre

"Richard O’Brien’s THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW"
Book, Music, and lyrics by Richard O’Brien

Bill Wilson, director
Angelica Vessella, choreographer
Anthony-Alexander Torelli, musical director
Apr 11-13, 7:30 p.m.
Apr 13-14, 2 p.m.
The Auditorium in Roberts Hall

General Admission $20
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $16
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) $10
RIC faculty, staff and alumni (limit 2 per ID) $5
RIC students (limit 2 per ID) $5

In this cult classic, Sweethearts Brad and Janet, stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is list, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker and a creepy butler. Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.”

May 3-5

Theatre: RIC Growing Stage

"Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind" (30 plays in 60 minutes) 
90 Neo-Futurist Plays from the First 25 Years by Greg ​Allen
Michael Greene, director
May 3, 7:30 p.m.
May 4, 7:30 p.m.
May 5, 2 p.m.
Helen Forman Theatre

General Admission $5

Having opened in 1988 and still playing today as the longest-running show in Chicago history, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind is an ensemble experiment in presenting "30 Plays in 60 Minutes." Each two-minute play is performed in random order with an interactive audience. An onstage 60-minute timer keeps everyone honest. This collection of 90 comic, tragic, political, personal, and abstract plays gives you the chance to program your own evening of 30 Neo-Futurist plays to reflect the lives and experiences of your own ensemble. Go! Learn more on playscripts.com.​​​​

Page last updated: September 06, 2018