Waiora by Hone Kouka
directed by Kim Pereira
Center for the Performing Arts Theatre, September 30 – October 2 & October 4 – 8
Waiora is a captivating play about a Maori family who migrated from the North Island’s east cape to the South Island. The family forges new identities as they strive for success in their new home, but their origins and cultural background cannot be easily forgotten. This critically acclaimed play explores what it means to be home and to belong. Waiora was originally commissioned by the 1996 Wellington International Festival of the Arts and was performed to sold-out audiences.
The Walls by Griselda Gambaro
directed by Bruce Burningham
The Coffee Bar by Ali Salem
directed by Janet Wilson
Westhoff Theatre, October 21 – 23 & 25 – 29
When Argentine playwright Griselda Gambaro wrote The Walls in 1964, she held up a mirror to the existence of never-ending military state terrorism, which started in the 1960s and peaked in 1983 during the Dirty War in Argentina. During this time, kidnappings, Nazi-like tortures and executions by security police were a reality. Also pressing for human rights in trying times, Ali Salem, the satirist playwright of The Coffee Bar, was mocked and attacked on Egyptian television for voicing his ideas for reconciliation in the Arab world.
Fall Dance Theatre Concert
artistic director Sara Semonis
Center for the Performing Arts Theatre, November 3 – 5
It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play adapted by Joe Landry
directed by Connie de Veer
Center for the Performing Arts Theatre, December 2 – 4 & 6 – 10
This beloved American holiday classic comes to the stage as a captivating 1940s radio broadcast. The radio play, like the classic film, follows George Bailey as he realizes that life is not always ideal. As he considers ending his life on Christmas Eve, an angel appears and shows him how terrible his loved ones’ lives would be without him.
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
directed by Paul Dennhardt
Westhoff Theatre, February 17 – 19 & 21 – 25
Acclaimed as a modern dramatic masterpiece, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead tells the classic Shakespearean tale of Hamlet from the viewpoint of his dim-witted friends, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. In Tom Stoppard’s best-known work, these two minor Shakespearean characters finally get a chance to take the lead role in a brave attempt to understand their world of reality and illusion, which eventually leads them to an inevitable fate.
1776 by Peter Stone and Sherman Edwards
directed by Lori Adams
Center for the Performing Arts Theatre, March 3 – 5 & 7 – 10
1776, a musical which won the 1969 Tony Award for Best Musical, follows John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Richard Henry Lee and Thomas Jefferson as they fight those who oppose independence from England. The musical follows these men as they draft and sign the Declaration of Independence and free America from the tyranny of England.
The Heresy of Love by Helen Edmundson
directed by Robert Quinlan
Westhoff Theatre, March 31 – April 2 & April 4 – 8
Inspired by the life of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Helen Edmundson creates a depiction of the church and state in turmoil while also focusing on women’s rights in a censored society. Sister Juana, the main character, finds her freedom of expression threatened when her life is disrupted by the arrival of a new archbishop at her convent. Though this play takes place in 17th-century Mexico, the themes and topics are relevant to contemporary discussions.
Harvest by Manjula Padmanabhan
Center for the Performing Arts Theatre, April 21 – 23 & 25 – 29
This futuristic play focuses on organ-selling and critiques the exploitation of the third world. Harvest introduces us to Om Prakash, a poor man who agrees to sell his organs through a harvesting company to someone in the first world for a small fortune. The company and the organ recipient invade Om’s life and control him and his family because of their obsessive need to maintain his health. Through technology, the recipient is able to look in on Om and his family, making sure they are following her orders. Harvest won the 1997 Onassis Prize as the best new international play.
Spring Dance Theatre
artistic director Darby Wilde
Westhoff Theatre, April 27 – 29
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