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Season 2015-16

Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom

by Jennifer Haley
directed by David A. Miller
November 4-8, 2015
Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 3:00pm
Alvina Krause Theatre in Downtown Bloomsburg
226 Center Street

In a suburban subdivision with identical houses, parents find their teenagers addicted to an online horror video game. The game setting? A subdivision with identical houses. The goal? Smash through an army of zombies to escape the neighborhood for good. But as the line blurs between virtual and reality, the players realize that fear has a life of its own. (Samuel French, Inc.)

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The Laramie Project

by Moisés Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project
February 24-28, 2016
Alvina Krause Theatre

Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie, Wyoming over the course of a year and a half in the aftermath of the kidnapping, beating and death of Matthew Shepard. Matthew was assaulted because he was gay. Kaufman and his company conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. Some people interviewed were directly connected to the case, and others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of their reactions to the crime is fascinating. From these interviews and their own responses, the company created The Laramie Project, a theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable. (Adapted from Dramatists Play Service)

Student-driven Projects

In the Dark
a new play written and directed by Titus O'Neil
Tuesday, March 29 and Wednesday, March 30 at 7:30pm
Caldwell Consistory

Despite his blindness, Blank has the ability to "see" a sort a colored aura on anything with life—trees, fire, people. The aura reveals the being’s true intentions. Blank's mission is to rid the world of the bad colors...

State of Grimm vs. Grethel
adapted and directed by Kate Mochnacz
an interactive play for ages 6 and up
Wednesday, April 6 at 6:00pm
Caldwell Consistory

Hansel and Grethel return from the witch’s house to live happily ever after. And they do. At least until Grethel is on trial for first degree murder. Will you help the judge decide who’s right and who’s wrong?

The 6th Annual Dance Concert: Drippings from the Heart!

Julie Petry, Artistic Director
Sunday, April 17 at 3:00pm & Monday, April 18 at 7:30pm
Gross Auditorium, Carver Hall
Free

Come join the Theatre and Dance Division in an exciting evening of dance! Six fully produced works will feature costume, makeup, lighting, sound and choreographic designs created by a mixture of students, staff, faculty and alumni. As viewing dance work is like viewing a collection of paintings, the styles and themes will vary greatly. From the inner-landscapes of our restless minds, to exploring emotions, our personal “weird-nesses”, triumphs, joys, and unique self-expressions, this breadth of work targets dissecting the human heart. As the form itself is illusive in nature, we invite you to come drip through it slowly, and then to see what interpretations and range of favorites linger in your heart.

2014 - 2015 Season

Roadkill Confidential

by Sheila Callaghan
A staged reading in the Theatre Lab directed by Julie Petry
September 19 & 20, 2014

"A possibly rogue g-man stalks a stalled-out artist with a suspicious affinity for accident victims. Traps are set, traps are sprung, and everyone gets caught. Roadkill Confidential tackles, with style, humor and high theatricality, mediated violence and the numbness it produces, and, whether in art or in global politics, the ends can justify the means." (Samuel French, Inc.)

Macbeth

by William Shakespeare
A BU Players production in the AKT directed by David A. Miller
November 5-9, 2014

Macbeth, returning triumphant from battle, is confronted by three mysterious witches who prophesy that he will become king. Things just get more complicated from there.

Directing Projects: 10-Minute & One Act Plays

December 2014
A production of plays selected and directed by Student Directors in the Theatre Lab

The Nosemaker's Apprentice: Chronicles of a Medieval Plastic Surgeon

by Nick Jones and Rachel Shukert
A BU Players production in the AKT
directed by David A. Miller

February 25-March 1, 2015

“A father weaves a magic tale for his daughter to justify his unlicensed plastic surgery practice, tracing the origins of cosmetic surgery to craftsman in medieval Europe. The hero of this tale is Gavin, a young orphan rescued from a dismal existence in the Ivanhoe Workhouse for Criminally Impoverished Boys when he is apprenticed with the local Nosemaker, and who eventually becomes one of the finest surgeons in Vienna, cradle of quack medicine."

"Hilarious, subversive, quasi-historical, and thoroughly debauched...a fated collaboration between two innovative (and troubling) writers.” (Samuel French, Inc.)

An Evening of Original 10-Minute Plays

A concert reading of 5 original 10-minute plays written and directed by students.
April 1, 2, 6, 7
Theatre Lab
The Compliment by Bry Kifolo – Directed Chris Creyer
Legacy by Titus O’Neil – Directed by Bry Kifolo
Pastime by Will Olsen – Directed by Kate Mochnacz
The Opposition by Courtney Dunn – Directed by Titus O’Neil
Dink by Titus O’Neil – Directed by Kate Mochnacz

The 5th Annual Repertory/Ensemble Dance Minor Concert

A production in Mitrani Hall choreographed by Students & Faculty
April 26 & 27, 2015
Covering a vast array of dance styles, this exciting concert features a blend of student, faculty and staff talents, alongside varied guest artist designers. From political and social commentary, to dance for the sake of entertainment, this concert works to leave the audience with a piggy bank full of powerful imagery, and unforgettable moments connecting energy, music, expression, and visual meaning.

2013 - 2014 Academic Year

4th Annual Repertory/Ensemble Dance Minor Concert

Julie Petry, Artistic Director
April 27 & 28, 2014
Sunday at 3:00pm, Monday at 7:30pm
Mitrani Hall, Haas Center for the Arts
Free Admission

Covering a vast array of dance styles, this exciting concert features a blend of student, faculty and staff talents, alongside varied guest artist designers. From political and social commentary, to dance for the sake of entertainment, this concert works to leave the audience with a piggy bank full of powerful imagery, and unforgettable moments connecting energy, music, expression, and visual meaning.

For more information about the Dance Concert, be sure to Like facebook.com/danceatbu.



The Children's Hour by Lillian Hellman

Directed by David A. Miller
April 11-15, 2014
Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 3:00pm, Monday and Tuesday at 7:30pm
Alvina Krause Theatre, downtown Bloomsburg

It is 1934. Two women successfully run a school for girls. One of their students is determined to do as she pleases, even if it means creating a corrosive lie that undoes the women’s lives.

Tickets are free to BU students with ID, $6 for Adults, $4 Students & Seniors. Advanced tickets available at the Performing Arts Box Office located in the Haas Center for the Arts, weekdays Noon to 5pm, Wednesdays noon to 7pm. (570) 389-4340. Remaining tickets will also be available at the door starting one hour before curtain time.

For “behind the scenes” photos and information about The Children’s Hour, visit facebook.com/buplayers and follow BU Players on Twitter at @buplayers.

February Festival: 30 Plays in 60 Minutes: The 24 Hour Plays

Directed by Kevin R. Free

30 Plays in 60 Minutes
30 Neo-Futurist Plays Created by the Company
DATES: February 13-15, 19-20, 2014
DAYS AND TIMES: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm
LOCATION: Alvina Krause Theatre, Downtown Bloomsburg

DESCRIPTION: This performance is just like it sounds: an attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. And to add to the challenge, it’s the audience who selects the order each night! Can you help the company of actors beat the clock?

The Neo-Futurists are a Chicago-based theatre company. Their production of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind has been running for more than 20 years. For more about the Neo-Futurists, visit www.neofuturists.org. This production will be directed by professional guest artist Kevin R. Free, a long-time New York Neo-Futurist.

THEMES: Improvisation, audience participation, collaboration, economy of language

The 24 Hours Plays

GENRE: Plays, Mixed
DATES & TIMES: Saturday, February 22, 2013 at 7:30pm
LOCATION: Alvina Krause Theatre, Downtown Bloomsburg

DESCRIPTION The company of student actors and designers will create a series of plays in 24 hours and you, the audience, will see their world premiere! Stay tuned for what the teams will receive as a prompt on Friday night as their “starting gun” to begin the one day cycle they will have to make a play.

THEMES: Improvisation, ingenuity, collaboration

Tickets are free to BU students, $6 for adults, $4 seniors. For more infomation about tickets, see the Box Office.

AVENUE Q - Directed by David A. Miller

Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, Book by Jeff Whitty, Based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
DATES: November 7 to 10, 2013
DAYS & TIMES: Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30pm, and Sunday at 3:00pm
GENRE: Musical Comedy (with Adult Themes) in Two Acts
LOCATION: Alvina Krause Theatre, Downtown Bloomsburg

DESCRIPTION: Avenue Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that focuses on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. Avenue Q tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There, he meets Kate (the girl next door), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the internet sexpert), Lucy the Slut (need we say more?), and other colorful types who help Princeton finally discover his purpose in life!



New Plays Project: MILLY by Julie Redmond & FROM HELL by Lauren Dodge

DATE: Thursday, November 21 at 7:30pm
LOCATION: Moose Exchange, 203 West Main Street, Downtown Bloomsburg
TICKETS: Free Admission at the Door

Staged readings of two new plays by student playwrights from the Advanced Playwriting course featuring student actors. Directed by David A. Miller. Sponsored by the Center for Visual and Performing Arts and the Division of Theatre and Dance.






2012-2013 Season

3rd Annual Repertory/Ensemble Dance Minor Concert

May 5 & 6, 2013
Sun. at 3 pm, Mon. at 7:30 pm

Kenneth S. Gross Auditorum, Carver Hall, Bloomsburg University












The Underpants

by Steve Martin
April 17 - 21, 2013

Alvina Krause Theatre 226 Center Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

Theobald Maske has an unusual problem: his wife's underpants won't stay on. One Sunday morning they fall to her ankles right in the middle of town-a public scandal! Mortified, Theo swears to keep her at home until she can find some less unruly undies. Amid this chaos he's trying to rent a room in their flat. The prospective lodgers have some underlying surprises of their own. In The Underpants, Steve Martin brings his comic genius and sophisticated literary style to Carl Sternheim's classic 1910 farce.




Flood Stories, Too

by Gerard Stropnicky
March 7 - 17, 2013
Thurs. - Sat. at 7:30 pm, Sat. at 2 pm, & Sun. at 3 pm

A BU Players / Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble co-production at the Alvina Krause Theatre

Our homes, our neighborhoods, our valley and our lives were transformed in the fall of 2011 by Tropical Storm Lee. In Flood Stories,Too., BU Players joins forces with the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble and the Bloomsburg Bicentennial Choir to transform your words and your stories about that record-breaking event into an epic production of heartbreak and survival. This world premiere will be written and directed by Ensemble Emeritus Gerard Stropnicky, nationally acclaimed for his community-developed theatre creations. Flood Stories, Too. will be a time for our communities to come together in recognition of nature's awesome power, and to celebrate the generosity of friends and strangers.

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V-Day 2013

February 13 - 16, 2013 at 8 pm

The Moose Exchange, Grille Room, 203 West Main Street, Downtown Bloomsburg

The Vagina Monologues - Feb 13, 14, 16 at 8 pm
One Billion Rising - Feb 14 ONLY at 9:30 pm (immediately after The Vagina Monologues)
A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer - Feb 15 ONLY at 8 pm

V-Day is a global movement of grassroots activists dedicated to generating broader attention and funds to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sex slavery.

Please be aware these performances feature adult material and are inappropriate for children.

Presented in conjunction with The Center for the Visual and Performing Arts at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

12 Angry Jurors

by Reginald Rose
November 7 - 11, 2012
Wed. - Sat. at 7:30 pm, Sun. at 3 pm

Alvina Krause Theatre

A diverse group of twelve strangers must decide the fate of an inner-city teen on trial for the murder of his abusive father. Locked in a jury room, tempers flare and frustration abounds as their own prejudices, fears, and cultural biases boil to the surface in what was expected to be an open-and-shut case. The American judicial system is as much on trial as the defendant when these twelve jurors dramatically wrestle with their civic duty.

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Jack & Jill

by Jane Martin
August 30, 31, Sept. 7, 8, and 9, 2012
All performances at 7:30 pm except Aug. 9 at 3 pm
Theatre Lab (UBS 101) on the BU Campus

Love makes total sense when you're in it. But as we all know, any friend or family member who is an outsider to any given relationship is automatically qualified to be Dr. Phil. With Jane Martin as a non-judgmental tour guide, Jack and Jill makes for an enjoyable and humorous exercise recognizable to anyone who's gone through the ups and downs of a serious relationship.




2011 - 2012 Academic Year

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