The Studio Presentation Series initiated in the fall of 2009 has succeeded in engaging both patrons and artists. Targeted for specific-aged audiences rather than the wide-reaching family fare of the Main Stage, the series provides community artists with a unique opportunity to participate in the creative process of “trying out” new, more experimental works under the direction of emerging professional artists. This program allows our company to both cultivate new talent and challenge audiences.
Our 2014 Studio Series Season:
The OdysseyBased on Homer’s classic book. Dramatized by Gregory A. Falls and Kurt Beattie xxxxxxxx
March 21 – 30Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays/Sundays at 4:00 p.m. xxxxxxxxxx Winner of ASSITEJ/USA Outstanding Play Award!
Produced at the John F. Kennedy Center and nationally applauded in professional productions, this is an action-filled adaptation of Homer’s classic, entertaining to children and adults alike. Fast-moving, entertaining theatre, while remaining faithful to the poetic original.
As the goddess Athena introduces the story of Odysseus’s epic journey home from the Trojan War, we see his beautiful wife, Penelope, fending off impatient, would-be suitors. Athena, disguised as an old man, brings news of Odysseus’s journey as the play’s action segues to his fanciful adventure. Captain Odysseus, brave and determined as his sailors are cowardly, cleverly defeats the man-eating, one-eyed Cyclops, then rescues his men from the sorceress, Circe’s spell. Next, he braves the River Styx and resists the hypnotizing song of the Twin Sirens, fainting from exhaustion. While Odysseus sleeps, his famished men embark upon a nearby shore to kill a cow for food. It is one of Apollo’s golden cows, and thus offended, the god implores Zeus to punish the men. Odysseus and his sailors are swept into a storm-tossed sea. Meanwhile, Penelope’s suitors accept a challenge: He who strings Odysseus’s bow and shoots an arrow through the axes wins Penelope’s hand. Only one man succeeds, none other than the returned Odysseus himself, disguised. Odysseus and son, Telemachus, are attacked by the suitors, whom they quickly defeat. Athena declares the end to all violence and the end of this Odyssey. Suggested for Ages 8 and up. Running time: 75 minutes.
xxxxxxxxxxBy Aurand Harris Adapated from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream xxxxxxxxx
June 6 – 15Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays/Sundays at 4:00 p.m. xxxxxxxxx Premiered by the Harwich Junior Theatre of Massachusetts. A fun-filled and enchanting fantasy based on English folk tales and scenes from A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. The play is a felicitous blend of slapstick, suspense, music, dancing, and Shakespeare’s lyric poetry–a refreshing way to introduce children and teens to the wonderful world of Shakespeare.
Mischievous young Robin sets out to find his fortune and encounters Oberon, King of the Wee People. Oberon, himself a merry prankster, auditions Robin for the position of his royal jester. In the wood, Robin hood-winks two rustics, Bottom the Weaver and Quince the Carpenter. Through magical means, he tricks Queen Titania into falling in love with Bottom, who sports a donkey’s head. But the comic confusion and the merry madness of a Midsummer Night end happily — as a fairy tale should.