Theatre

The Theatre Department presents theatre that matters and continues to resound beyond the performance night. We are committed to presenting theatre that stimulates the minds of our audience members while balancing the highest quality production values with material that is courageous in its content, form and execution.

Our productions are often accompanied by symposiums and talk-back discussions, which reflectively delve into the nuances of the scripted work. Productions are supported by our acting, directing, design, world theatre history and contemporary drama classes.

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Key: DFPH = Duke Family Performance Hall

A SPECIAL YEAR: JOE GARDNER

color marker drawing of Joe Gardner

The 2016-17 season marksthe final one in which we'll enjoy Joseph Tate Gardner, Jr. ‘69 as a colleague.

After the Navy and a Ph.D. from Florida State University, Joe returned to Davidson in 1974, joining his friend Dr. Rupert Barber (and doubling the size of the department). Their work together over the next several decades laid an important foundation for the program we know today.

Joe's teaching has had an emphasis on design, production, theory and the history of theatre. He is an artist and mentor, a peacemaker and visionary.

Though we sense that his departure is the end of an era, the excitement with which he greets Anita Tripathi, our new assistant professor of theatrical design and technology, issues a loving reminder of his legacy. Even while he is once again a mentor, he'll be learning from her, sharpening his own skills in partnership with our new colleague.

Joe has always embraced change, and we will, too. We are grateful for this year, for those that came before, and for the future that awaits us.

UPCOMING EVENTS 2016-17

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

by William Shakespeare  •  directed by Ann Marie Costa  •  scenic design by Joe Gardner  •  October 26-30  •  DFPH

Perhaps Shakespeare's most popular and (let's face it) approachable work, this romantic comedy features a few of his favorite themes: the mystical difference between city and woods, lovers who must suffer before their happy ending, hyper-truth revealed through the play-within-a-play. And the bard ain't afraid to be a little bawdy. Likewise, this contemporary production expresses a bold vision: anything can happen if you open your mind to a new rhythm.

This play is generally recommended for ages 13 and up due to sexual themes and complexity of language.

PURCHASE TICKETS TO A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

$15 General Admission; $12 Seniors/Military/Faculty/Staff; $6 Students (K-college), all prices include sales tax

Wednesday, Oct. 26 7:30 p.m. $6-$15 purchase tickets
Thursday, Oct. 27 7:30 p.m. $6-$15 purchase tickets
Friday, Oct. 28 8 p.m. $6-$15 purchase tickets
Saturday, Oct. 29 8 p.m. $6-$15 purchase tickets
Sunday, Oct. 30 2 p.m. $6-$15 purchase tickets

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Skin

by Naomi Iizuka  •  directed by Mark Sutch  •  scenic design by Anita Tripathi  •  November 16-20  •  The Barber Theatre

Naomi Iizuka's riff on Georg Büchner's Woyzeck tells the story of a young couple working desperately to make sense of their relationship while toiling to survive. Skin moves with supernatural fluidity, creating a beautiful play in which we feel the world squeezing tighter and tighter.

Contains adult situations and strong language. Recommended for ages 16 and up.

PURCHASE TICKETS TO SKIN

$15 General Admission; $12 Seniors/Military/Faculty/Staff; $6 Students (K-college), all prices include sales tax

Wednesday, Nov. 16 7:30 p.m. $6-$15 purchase tickets
Thursday, Nov. 17 7:30 p.m. $6-$15 purchase tickets
Friday, Nov. 18 7:30 p.m. $6-$15 purchase tickets
Saturday, Nov. 19 7:30 p.m. $6-$15 purchase tickets
Sunday, Nov. 20 2 p.m. $6-$15 purchase tickets

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MIDDLETOWN

by Will Eno  •  directed by Callan Gies '17  •  February 22-26  •  The Barber Theatre

Middletown is a deeply moving and quirky contemporary play exploring the universe of a small American town. As a friendship develops between longtime resident John and new arrival Mary, the lives of the inhabitants of Middletown intersect in strange and poignant ways in a journey that takes them from the local library to outer space and points between.

Contains strong language and mature themes. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

PURCHASE TICKETS TO MIDDLETOWN

$15 General Admission; $12 Seniors/Military/Faculty/Staff; $6 Students (K-college), all prices include sales tax

Wednesday, Feb. 22 7:30 p.m. $6-$15 purchase tickets
Thursday, Feb. 23 7:30 p.m. $6-$15 purchase tickets
Friday, Feb. 24 7:30 p.m. $6-$15 purchase tickets
Saturday, Feb. 25 7:30 p.m. $6-$15 purchase tickets
Sunday, Feb. 36 2 p.m. $6-$15 purchase tickets

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MUSICAL: TO BE ANNOUNCED MID-NOVEMBER

music directed by Jacque Culpepper  •  conducted by Bill Lawing  •  scenic design by Anita Tripathi  •  March 24-26 & March 31-April 2  •  DFPH

This biennial co-production between the Departments of Theatre and Music concludes our season, and indeed, the 42-year tenure of our dear Joe Gardner. Though it is so popular that our license prevents us from announcing the title until mid-November, don't worry. Its heft befits the moment it marks. Now forget your troubles. Life is beautiful.

Contains sexual innuendo and adult situations. This musical is traditionally recommended for ages 16 and up.

PURCHASE TICKETS TO MUSICAL: TO BE ANNOUNCED

$15 General Admission; $12 Seniors/Military/Faculty/Staff; $6 Students (K-college), all prices include sales tax

Friday, March 24 8 p.m. $6-$15 purchase tickets
Saturday, March 25 8 p.m. $6-$15 purchase tickets
Sunday, March 26 2 p.m. $6-$15 purchase tickets
Friday, March 31 8 p.m. $6-$15 purchase tickets
Saturday, April 1 8 p.m. $6-$15 purchase tickets
Sunday, April 2 2 p.m. $6-$15 purchase tickets

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STUDENT DIRECTED ONE ACTS

One Acts I • April 26-27
One Acts II • May 3-4
Tickets TBA

These student-directed, one act plays serve as the final project for students in the Directing II and Advanced Scenic Design courses.