On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.
Panel Discussion: February 10, 2017
Post-show Discussion: February 17, 2017
Based on the real life stories of the women and girls who helped bring peace to the African nation of Liberia during its second civil war, Eclipsed doesn’t only capture a piece of untold history, it’s also making it. Eclipsed became the first play with an all-black and female creative cast and team to premiere on Broadway in 2015.
Panel Discussion: March 9, 2017
Post-show Discussion: March 10, 2017
About the director: Stephanie Weeks (Artistic Director) was born and raised in the Bronx. She spent many summers in Costa Rica dancing salsa andeating saltedmangoes, patacones and pancakes with her aunts and uncles. After 8 years of playing the cello through elementary and high school, she auditioned for the musical “Bye Bye Birdie”, and was cast as the giddy teenager “Nancy”. She never picked up the cello again. Stephanie has performed in numerous theaters regionally including Actors Theater of Louisville and Florida Studio Theater, Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, Off-Off Broadway with Target Margin and Little Lord with whom she was nominated for an Innovative Theater Award for best ensemble. She starred in acclaimed director Melvin Van Peebles “Confessionsofa Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted-Mutha,” official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival 2008. She received a certificate of training from the London Academy of Music and Drama and her MFA from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
“…the luminous Stephanie Weeks, contains the anguish of the failed and aged general Adrastus…”
Anne Midgette, The New York Times
For The Two Noble Kinsmen, Shakespeare and his co-writer, John Fletcher, reached back to medieval times—to “The Knight’s Tale” from Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales—for their story of obsessive, competitive attraction for a woman spied from a jail cell by two aristocratic cousins captured in battle. From a remove of 139 years, Shakespeare and Fletcher questioned the more straightforwardly chivalric tale Chaucer’s Knight told. The Two Noble Kinsmen asks: Do the rules of honor ennoble or debase? What effect does it have on a woman to be “won” without consulting her? The playwrights added a memorable character not found in Chaucer, the Jailer’s Daughter, to further explore their themes of obsession and its effects. Two cousins, Palamon and Arcite are captured while fighting for Thebes against Athens. While imprisoned, they find themselves attracted to Emilia, who is the sister of Hippolyta, wife of Theseus. The Two Noble Kinsmen is one of 39 plays to be translated and adapted for Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s three-year Play On! project. This production will be translated by playwright Dr. Tim Slover and dramaturged by Dr. Martine Kei Green-Rogers.
Post-show Discussion: April 7, 2017
Panel Discussion: April 14, 2017
About the director: Randy Reyes (Artistic Director) is an alumni of the University of Utah Actor Training Program and graduated from The Juilliard School Drama Division in 1999. He is an award winning theater artist that has worked as a professional actor, director, and theater educator with institutions across the country, including Mu Performing Arts, The Guthrie, Mixed Blood, Ten Thousand Things, Thirst Theater, Chicago Ave. Project, The Playwrights’ Center, Workhaus Collective, Theater in the Round, Cincinnati Playhouse, Seattle Children’s Theatre, NYU Graduate Acting Program, University of Minnesota/Guthrie BFA Acting Program, Wagner College, The University of Utah, Augsburg College, and Macalester College. He is a board President of the Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists (CAATA) and a board member of the Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL). Randy also represents Mu as a member of the Twin Cities Theater of Color Coalition along with Penumbra Theatre, New Native Theatre, Pangea World Theatre, and Teatro Del Pueblo. A 2006 recipient of the TCG New Generation Future Leaders fellowship under the mentorship of Rick Shiomi at Mu Performing Arts and the 2016 University of Utah Distinguished Alumni Award. Randy has also served as Artistic Director of The Strange Capers and the Theater in Education Director at The Guthrie. He became Mu Performing Art’s Artistic Director in September 2013.
About the playwright: Tim Slover