Friday, January 27, 2012

REPresenting at EMU Theatre

When you think of the month of February, what comes to mind? Chocolates? Crummy Weather? Heartache? For us at EMU Theatre, we think of Repertory Theatre!

Next Friday (Feb. 3) will kick off our 3-week run of contemporary theatre. Productions include Dead Man's Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl and No Child... by Nilaja Sun. What exactly is repertory theatre? Usually it is identified as a series of productions performed around the same time that share a similar theme. In this case, the theme is social commentary.

Dead Man's Cell Phone is a dark romantic comedy by top contemporary playwright, Sarah Ruhl. The story explores the intrinsic dilemmas imposed on our society by cell phones.

"Sometimes I like to disapear. But it's like, when everyone has their phone on, no one is there. It's like we're all disappearing the more we're there..."

Check out our video or read another blog to get more info on Dead Man's Cell Phone (Feb 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 16)!

No Child... by Nilaja Sun is originally a one-woman-show. Our production features several EMU Theatre students playing multiple characters! This story follows one determined teacher as she desperately works to change the lives of her students through the arts.

"...And the show did go on. A show that sparked a mini-revolution in the hearts of everyone in that auditorium. Sure, some crucial lines were fumbled, and some entrances missed and three cell phones went off in the audience. But, my God, if those kids weren't a success."

No Child... opens the week after Dead Man's Cell Phone. This story is sure to inspire students, teachers, and anyone who's had the odds stacked against them. At a time when certain elements of the American education system are coming into question - No Child... is an essential theatre experience to be shared. Stay tuned for more info about this production!

So what are you waiting for? Tickets are going fast! Get yours HERE!

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