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Fine and Performing Arts, Theatre
2014 Production Season

2/26/14 to 3/1/14 - Time: 8pm

Spring MainStage

America's comic mastermind has updated his classic comedy "The Odd Couple", bringing the trials and tribulations of Felix Unger and Oscar Madison to the present day.  Those who love the original version will laugh all over again at the classic characters in an all-new setting.  Join the Fine and Performing Arts department for Neil Simon's "Oscar and Felix" directed by Doug Jenkins.  February 26-March 1, 2014 8pm.

Admission: $5 general admission|free MCLA students

Location: Venable Theatre

Contact Information: FPA box office|413-662-5123|

4/15/14 to 4/26/14

Theatre Laboratory

Theatre Laboratory is a new series that encourages experiment with form and design,  Advanced Theatre students will explore a particular genre of theatre, learning and applying methods of experimentation to the text as they conduct dramaturgical research and experience solving problems as an artistic community.  

One of the most critically acclaimed and heralded plays of the 1990s, "Angels in America" established Tony Kushner as a major new voice in world theatre.  Set in late 1985 and early 1986, as the first wave of the AIDS epidemic in America is escalating, the play's first part, Millennium Approaches, brings together a young gay man with AIDS and his frightened, unfaithful lover; a closeted Mormon lawyer and his valium-addicted wife; the infamous New York lawyer Roy Cohn; an African-American male nurse; a Mormon housewife from Utah; and a steel-winged, prophecy-bearing angel; as well as the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg, among many others - all played by a company of eight actors.  Millennium Approaches introduces us to the lives of these disparate characters as they intersect, intertwine, collide and are blown apart during a time of heartbreak, reaction and transformation.  The play is an epic exploration of love, justice, identity and theology, of the difficulty, terror and necessity of change. 

The show runs April 15-17 and 23-26 at 8pm.  Matinee at 2pm April 26.  Student matinee on April 25 at 9am. 

Creating Equality: American Civil Rights and Angels in America on April 26 at 12:30 join director Laura Standley, MCLA Theatre Students, MCLA faculty in History, English and Political Science as they discuss the play's impact on theatre and the civil rights movement as part of MCLA's series of presentations, lectures, films, and other events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement and its continuing impact on American society today. 

Location: Venable Theatre

Admission: $10 general admission|$5 faculty/staff|free MCLA students

Contact Information: MCLA Box office| 413-662-5123|

May 1-3 8pm and 11pm|May 3 2pm

Student Directed Short Plays

Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind

It's back with more performances!  An attempt to perform 30 short plays in 60 minutes, this random collage of high-energy short plays, showcases our student directors who also appear as performers in the finely turned ensemble.  The plays run the gamut from conventional to extremely experimental and represent a clear and simple aesthetic approach to production.  (Adult situations and language are an appropriate warning to consider).

Location: Venable Blackbox Theatre

Admission: Free