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+ - FALL 2015

September 21-23
KATRINA: THE K WORD by Lisa S. Brenner & Suzanne M. Trauth
Directed by Connor Duffey
Produced in partnership with Civic Engagement Initiatives to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Katrina: The K Word is an immersive staged reading piece that lends a human voice to the victims of one of the worst natural disasters the modern world has ever seen.  The lives of 12 different characters are explored, diverse in age, ethnicity and cultural background. They will take you on their personal journeys with humor, wit and touching sincerity. Join us for this limited time engagement, showcasing both student and faculty talent, revealing that even in one's darkest hour, the human spirit can always overcome adversity.

Studio Theatre (Moulton Hall 149)
7:30 p.m. – September 21, 22, & 23
With post-performance talkbacks
Admission is free.

Poster for RentOctober 1-3, October 8-10
RENT
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson; loosely based on Puccini’s La Boheme
Directed by Matthew McCray, Music Direction by Diane King Vann

Impoverished young artists and musicians struggle to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom, and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.

Waltmar Theatre
7:30 p.m. - October 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 & 10
2 p.m. - October 3 & 10
$20 general admission; $15 senior citizens, alumni and non-Chapman students
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Promotional Flyer for EurydiceNovember 12-15
EURYDICE by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Theresa Dudeck

In Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters and ingenious plot twists, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story.

Waltmar Theatre
7:30 p.m. - November 12, 13 & 14
2 p.m. - November 14 & 15
$20 general admission; $15 senior citizens, alumni and non-Chapman students
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+ - SPRING 2016

Poster for A Flea in Her EarFebruary 18-20, February 25-27
A FLEA IN HER EAR, a new version of Georges Feydeau's farce by David Ives
Directed by Tamiko Washington

Ives’ reimagining of the George Feydeau comedy is a farcical romp set in France at the turn of the 20th century. Raymonde Chandebise suspects her husband Victor is having an affair after he suddenly seems blasé about sex (though it’s actually due to a nervous condition). This sets off a whirlwind of comic mishaps, wild misunderstandings, and hilarious exchanges at the Frisky Puss Hotel!

Waltmar Theatre
7:30 p.m. - February 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 & 27
2 p.m. - February 27
Tickets $15-$20
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Promotional Image for The Merchant of Venice, with Michael NehringApril 15-16, April 23
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE by William Shakespeare
Directed by Thomas F. Bradac and starring Michael Nehring as Shylock

Bassanio, needing money to be a suitor to Portia, asks his close friend, Antonio, for a loan. Antonio's money is tied up in shipments away from Venice so he approaches Shylock, a money-lender. After being insulted in the street by Antonio, Shylock agrees to lend the money, jesting that if Antonio does not pay it back by an appointed time, Shylock may cut a pound of flesh from him. Antonio agrees, and so begins one of Shakespeare's most brilliant comedies. The Merchant of Venice reflects themes as contemporary and insightful as today's headlines echoing cries of Justice and Mercy.

Musco Center for the Arts
7:30 p.m. - April 15 & 16
2 p.m. - April 16 & 23
Tickets $10-$25; students can get $10 tickets with valid student ID (2 tickets per ID)
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