This compassionate play reveals friendship and fear in the age of AIDS. Jody is in his forties and runs a map store. Not one for the outside world, he stays in his store all the time. His friend, Carl is in his late thirties and has been bringing chairs of dead friends into Jody's store and leaving them there. When Jody needs to take an AIDS test, Carl tries to convince him it is not only okay to leave the store, but also that he must take responsibility for his life. If he doesn't, he will join the set of chairs that Carl has taken great pains to place in the right spots around the store. Jody finally leaves the map store to take his HIV test and return to find Carl sitting in a chair of his own. With this gesture, we know that Carl has joined the many of their friends who have died, but now Jody must take Carl's place as the caretaker.
Lonely Planet Playbill (4,209KB)
Henrik Ibsen's landmark 1879 drama of marriage and the individual is transported into the world of 1950's television. As Torvald Helmer and his wife Nora prepare to celebrate his managerial promotion at Christmas, a pair of visitors, Christine Linde and Nils Krogstad, separately knock on their door. As Nora faces her past and reexamines her present, she realizes her home is not the idyllic sitcom she imagined it to be. Before she can unlock her future, though, she must slam shut the door on her black and white world.
When Joan D'Arc, a shepherd in Domremy, France, 1420s, hears a voice while tending sheep one day, she can't believe what—and whom—she's hearing. But the voice is joined by others who claim they're saints and ask her to go to war for France. Now she must convince her father, her friends and her priest that she is telling the truth. But no one believes her. Finally, she sets out on her own, determined to be believed, and proves her visions to the leader of the French army. He helps her get safely to Paris, where once again she must convince the prince of France and his corrupt advisors. She instills courage in the prince to stand up for what he believes, and he gives her the entire French army to lead against the British. In a suit of armor made especially for her, she leads her soldiers to win the Hundred Years' War, using the wits and methods of the real teenage girl that she was. But when she refuses to deny the voices she heard, she is sentenced to death.
Joan the Girl of Arc Playbill (1,677KB)
A heartwarming, family friendly show; highlighting the historical, traditional, and true meaning of our holidays. Come celebrate and learn from our traditions - together, while we are apart.
After discovering a book of spells, the royal family of Gwynedd dives headfirst into a world of magic. When they trigger a terrible curse, Gwydion, the family recluse, is forced home to spearhead the cleanup. To return to his beloved isolation, he must break the curse or risk permanent entanglement in his family’s magical mishaps. Adapted from the Mabinogion, a collection of medieval Welsh folktales, Unraveling Magicians will celebrate its debut performance at SVSU as a pre-recorded audio drama. Without visual elements, the story will be told purely through the use of dialogue, music, sound effects, and various audio recording techniques.
Unraveling Magicians Playbill (693KB)
In 2001, the death of an unarmed black man at the hands of the police put the city of Cincinnati on edge, resulting in a five-day riot that set the citizens of the city against the police force. During the third day of the riots, the Anderson family, in a small apartment above their family-owned dry cleaners, prepare for dinner and the citywide curfew. Ella, the mother of the family, realizes her son, Felix, isn't home. Felix's twin sister, Felicia, who is obsessed with dinosaurs, reveals he has gone to find the family food for the night. Felix returns with provisions and a knocked-out white man, Kelly. As the riots grow and move closer to the small apartment and business, we discover why Felix and Felicia have not left home, the truth that Kelly has been keeping to himself, and Felicia's theory of what will cause extinction number six.
No. 6 Playbill (1,109KB)