Santa Clara University

Center of Performing Arts

2005/2006 Theatre Events

A Streetcar Named Desire

Fall One Act Festival
Faculty Advisor, Barbara M. Fraser
October 22-23, 2005
2pm, Fess Parker Studio Theatre
SCU senior theatre majors Michael Donohoe, Danny Mastrangelo, and Santina Moran-Seaborne direct a series of thought provoking one-act plays.  Tickets $5.


By Mary Zimmerman

Directed by Michael Zampelli, SJ

Choreographed by Kristin Kusanovich

Original Music Composed and Arranged by Gregory Dale Schultz

November 4-6 and 9-12, 2005

8pm Wednesday-Saturday; 2pm Sunday

Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses brings Ovid's tales of transformation to stunning visual life.  Set in and around a pool of water onstage, Metamorphoses juxtaposes the ancient and contemporary in both language and image as it explores the nature of inevitable change.  As Time magazine wrote: "Zimmerman likes to say that playwright and audience are 'collaborating in a dream,' and she has brought some of humanity's oldest dreams--Greek myths--to shimmering life."


Winter One Act Festival

Faculty Advisor, Barbara M. Fraser

February 18-19, 2006

2pm, Fess Parker Studio Theatre

SCU senior theatre majors Jenn BeVard, Carolina Morones, Elisa Valentine, and A. Zell Williams direct a series of provocative one-act plays.  Tickets $5.

 The Learned Ladies

Spring Awakening

By Frank Wedekind

Translated by Rick Foster

Directed by Tracy Ward

March 3-5 and 8-11, 2006

8pm Wednesday-Saturday; 2pm Sunday

Louis B. Mayer Theatre

Fourteen-year-olds Melchior, Moritz, and Wendla struggle with their sexual coming-of-age in an atmosphere of repression and limited parental support.  Written in 1891, this frank tragedy continues to challenge and enlighten audiences as it confronts issues of abortion, rape, suicide and morality. Contains strong adult content.  Under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent.


New Playwrights’ Festival

Faculty Advisor, Brian Thorstenson

March 16-17, 2006

7pm, Fess Parker Studio Theatre

SCU student playwrights present staged readings of their works in collaboration with student directors and actors.  Tickets $5.


The Mirrorman

By Brian Way

Directed by Barbara Murray

Saturday, April 8, 2006

2pm & 4pm

Fess Parker Studio Theatre
The Toymaker has created (for a mysterious lady) a most unusual doll that, with the audience's help, can walk and talk!  The Toymaker and Beauty are swept into a series of adventures by The Mirrorman, the Toymakers image in the mirror.  The Mirrorman needs help saving his magic book from a Witch who wants to destroy his world behind the mirror. The happy conclusion to this internationally acclaimed, popular classic is one that involves the continuous and enthusiastic participation of the audience.  Indeed, the play (and some characters) can not function without the audience!  Recommended for children ages 4-8 years old.  Tickets $3.


The Shadow Box

By Michael Cristofer

Co-directed by Aldo Billingslea and SCU Student Jenn BeVard

May 12-14 and 17-20, 2006

8pm Wednesday-Saturday; 2pm Sunday

Fess Parker Studio Theatre

This Pulitzer-Prize and Tony-Award Winning play tells the story of three dramatically different, terminally ill patients who are visited by their loved ones at a Northern California hospital.  Over the course of one day, the families typify the title as they both struggle against invisible illnesses and cherish the memories they will forever keep.  Contains strong language. Not intended for audience members under 13 years of age.


Once On This Island

Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

Music by Stephen Flaherty

Directed by Mark Monday

June 2-4 and 6-10, 2006

8pm Tuesday-Saturday; 2pm Sunday

Louis B. Mayer Theatre

Ti Moune, a poor peasant girl, falls in love with upper class Daniel in this enchanting fable of forbidden love. Having caused their lives to intersect, the gods of love, earth, water, and death send Ti Moune on a quest to test her love for Daniel against the powerful forces of prejudice. Set in the French Antilles, this Caribbean-flavored score combines rousing upbeat numbers and poignant ballads for a highly original adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid.