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Nine, the Musical

In Event, Theater on December 2, 2014 at 6:34 pm

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By Drew Scott, Adjunct Professor of Theater, and Emily Scott

In the fall of 2010, two freshman auditioned for Theater for Community’s production of The Trojan Women. For the first time, they tread the boards of Buckman Theater among a company of upper- and underclassmen, bringing new life to characters created more than two thousand years ago. These young women went on to participate in every Theater for Community and student production over their four years here, working both on stage and behind the scenes to help create a variety of exciting shows ranging from drama to comedy to musical productions.

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Much Ado About Nothing

In Event, Theater on April 21, 2014 at 2:25 pm

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By Tom Schwans, Adjunct Professor of Theater

From April 10th – 13th, Quinnipiac University Theater for Community was proud to present William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Below is my director’s note from the production. A complete collection of photos by Melissa Mizell can be seen on the QU Theater for Community Facebook page.

Shakespeare didn’t know that he was “Shakespeare!” Our deifying of Shakespeare came long after his death and our study of his work as literature is relatively recent. Shakespeare was a playwright, he was an actor, and he was a theatre owner. In modern parlance, Shakespeare was a cheap hack who was trying to make a buck. There was money to be made in writing plays and charging admission, and Shakespeare made money. He did so by appealing to the masses. He wrote about love, about power, about sex, about death, about everything that it means to be human.

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Theater Evokes Reflection

In Students, Theater on October 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Performance Notes on The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek

by Drew Scott, adjunct professor of Theater

“She comes through at 7:10 sometimes 7:12…She’s never exact; you can’t trust her. That’s what I like…She’s pulling eight cars at seventy tons each at eighty-five…the engine herself’s one hundred and fifty-three tons. And not cotton, kid. Just cold, lip-smackin’ steel. Imagine a kiss like that. Just imagine it.”

That’s knife-wielding seventeen year old Pace Creagan, as unstoppable as the powerful freight train she is describing, challenging shy fifteen year old Dalton Chance to play chicken with the train on the trestle above Pope Lick Creek. A trestle with no safety sides, only a one hundred foot drop to the dry creek bed below. “So what do you do if you know you can’t make it across?” asks the frightened Dalton. “You make the cross. That’s all there is to it” replies Pace matter-of-factly. And so begins the intense, enigmatic relationship at the heart of Naomi Wallace’s gripping and poetic play The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek. A relationship that builds to a shattering and unexpected climax that forever changes Dalton, Dray, his father, and Gin, his mother.

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Abingdon Theater Partnership

In Students, Theater on October 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Opportunities Abound for Students, Faculty, and Alumni

The theater department at Quinnipiac University is continuing their partnership with the Abingdon Theater in New York City. The Abingdon is an exciting off-Broadway theater that focuses on new American plays. This partnership offers a full season of professional workshops specifically designed for Quinnipiac students. In addition to the workshops Quinnipiac students can spend a week in residency at the Abingdon this spring where they will present a new original play.

The Abington’s professional workshops are open to all members of the Quinnipiac community (including faculty and alumni) and offer hands-on training in the following areas: Stage Combat, Shakespearean Acting, Theater For Young Audiences, Writing a One-Person Show, and Improvisational Performing. In addition to these workshops the Abingdon will host an end of the year professional training session led by a New York casting agent.

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Mercy Seat

In Event, Theater on October 20, 2011 at 11:41 am

Theater Program stages The Mercy Seat by Neil LaBute 

Anyone happening into Buckman Theater earlier this month definitely noticed the dramatic backdrop on stage: a photographic enlargement of the “day after” 9/11, featuring chunks of the demolished World Trade Center in crooked grids jutting from a pile of rubble. This dramatic scene was used as the setting for a production of Neil LaBute’s Mercy Street. The play tells the fictional story of a quarreling couple debating how to turn the national catastrophe into salvation for their already doomed relationship. Quinnipiac’s production, directed by Robert Bresnick and designed by Tricia Thelen, both QU theater faculty, included lighting designed by Connecticut professional Karl G. Ruling. Theater majors Emily Seibert and Michael Bobenhausen played the roles of Abby and Ben, the only two characters in the piece.

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