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2018-19 Theatre Simpson Productions

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2018 – 2019 Productions

Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson
October 4, 5, 6 (7:30) Oct 7th at 1:00

Barnum Studio Theatre

THE STORY: When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth. 

Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare
November 16-17 (7:30) November 18 at 1:00
Pote Theater

Titus Andronicus was the first tragedy credited to England’s hero, William Shakespeare. Although very popular in its time, Titus has become his most notorious work. Set against a backdrop of war in the final years of the Roman Empire, the play explores the unbreakable bonds between parents and their children, the devastations of loss and cycles of revenge.

     Titus Andronicus is recommended for mature audiences.

Kiss Me Kate by Cole Porter
February 28 -March 2 (7:30) March 3 (1:00)
Pote Theatre

Egotistical leading man, director, and producer Fred Graham is reunited with his ex-wife, Lilli Vanessi, when the two are forced to play opposite one another in a new production of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. The battle of the sexes continues onstage and off, as it becomes clear that, as much as this couple professes to hate each other, they are also still in love. Alongside their bickering liaison, the show’s supporting actress, Lois Lane, supports her gambling boyfriend, Bill, as he attempts to evade the clutches of local gangsters. Throw in a number of cases of mistaken identity, the mob, and comedic routines into the mix and you get Kiss Me, Kate -- a dazzling Broadway classic that earned the very first Tony Award for Best Musical.

Festival of Short Plays 2019: Interfaith
April 12-13 (7:30) April 14 (1:00)
Barnum Studio Theatre

The 2019 Festival of Short plays will showcase works that highlight multiple religions and tackle issues of religious diversity and expression. Pieces will be selected through a national playwriting contest sponsored by Theatre Simpson.