Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Theatre 2013-2014

Mainstage

Kiss Me, Kate

October 11-13 and 18-20

Combine Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew with Porter's music and lyrics to get Kiss Me, Kate a fun, melodious and sophisticated musical. This play-within-a-play shows each cast member's on-stage life becoming complicated by events happening offstage. Musical numbers include Why Can't You Behave, So In Love Am I, Wunderbar, and Brush Up Your ShakespeareWinner of five Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Produced Show, Best Script, Best Score and Best Costumes, it was originally produced in 1948 and has long been considered one of Broadway's treasures. 

Night of Musical Theatre

October 25, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. 

This annual musical review features numbers from numerous musical theatre productions. This exclusively student-produced collaboration is sure to have you singing along. 

Inspecting Carol

December 11, 12, 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and December 14 and 15 at 2 p.m.

Lori Lee Wallace, Director

Get your holiday cheer on with this hilarious, madcap comedy! Behind the scenes of a struggling theatre’s annual slapdash production of A Christmas Carol, rehearsals are at a standstill. Tim is no longer Tiny, Scrooge wants to do the play in Spanish (Feliz Navidad), and their funding is on hold pending an inspection. This laugh out loud spoof makes for a night at the theatre that is anything but show business as usual.

In the Garden of Live Flowers

March 7, 8, 14, 15 at 7:30 p.m. and March 16 at 2 p.m.

As author Rachel Carson struggles to complete her book, Silent Spring, she simultaneously fights both her progressing breast cancer and various factions of American enterprise that launch a crusade against her reputation. Carson's solace is found in Alice in Wonderland, her girlhood literary hero, alter-ego and imaginative guide her subconscious clings to.  Carson’s story converges with a fantastical landscape enlivened by literary, film and cultural references that theatricalize the revolutionary science of Silent Spring. 

Macbeth

May 9, 10, 16, 17 at 7:30 p.m. and May 18th at 2 p.m. 

Lori Lee Wallace, Director

Considered one of Shakespeare’s darkest and most powerful tragedies. The play dramatizes the corrosive psychological and political effects produced when the Scottish lord Macbeth, chooses evil as the way to power. He commits regicide to become king and furthers his moral descent with a reign of murderous terror. In the end, he loses everything that gives meaning and purpose to his life, before losing his life itself. 

Studio Theater

Proof

November 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Mitchell Helton ‘15, Director

Catherine, the daughter of Robert, a recently deceased mathematical genius and professor at the University of Chicago, struggles with her own mathematical genius and mental illness. The play won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play. Produced by Vpstart Crow.

The APO One-Acts

January 16- 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Completely student produced, this January term festival features three one-act plays that are directed, performed and often written solely by students. 

Waiting for Godot

April 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Josh Paramentor ‘15, Director 

An absurdist play by Samuel Beckett, in which two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, wait endlessly and in vain for the arrival of someone named Godot. Godot's absence, as well as numerous other aspects of the play, has led to many different interpretations since the play's 1953 premiere. It was voted "the most significant English language play of the 20th century." Produced by Vpstart Crow.