Theatre Release: 2010–2011 Season Announced

September 6, 2010

The Mary Baldwin University Theatre proudly announces its 2010–2011 season. This season has something for every theatrical taste from musical comedy to classic drama.

The season opens with the musical murder mystery Something’s Afoot by James McDonald, David Vos, and Robert Gerlach. Directed by Mary Baldwin Theatre Professor Terry Southerington, this diabolically zany musical is based on Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians. Ten people are stranded on an isolated island during a thunderstorm and one by one they are being murdered. Audiences will try to figure out who did it in this enjoyable musical spoof that runs October 1–3 and October 6–10, 2010.

Diane Samuels’ Kindertransport, directed by Mary Baldwin Theatre Professor Virginia Francisco, is the second show of the season. This compelling drama focuses on the experiences of Evelyn, a middle aged English woman. As she prepares to send her daughter off to college, we are introduced to Evelyn’s childhood where, as a German Jewish child living under Hitler, she was sent away from her family, her language, her culture, and the oncoming horrors of Nazi persecution. This moving play raises powerful questions about identity and promises to be a riveting night at the theatre. The show runs November 17–21, 2010.

The third performance of the season scheduled for February 16-20, 2011is Henrik Ibsen’s classic play Hedda Gabler. Directed by Mary Baldwin EnglishProfessor Emeritus Frank Southerington, the play is a classic study ofa strong, individualistic woman trapped in a passionless marriage.The role of Hedda has been described as the “female Hamlet” and willno doubt prove to be a fine showcase for the Mary Baldwin Theatre Department.

Mary Baldwin Theatre Professor Clinton Johnston directs the Mary Baldwin premiere of Doris Baizley’s Shiloh Rules, the fourth show of the season. The sometimes funny, sometimes touching play takes place at Shiloh National Military Park. A dedicated Union nurse, an earnest Confederate refugee, and their two trainees compete for Best Female Reenactor of the Year. The show runs April 6–10, 2011.

The finale of the 2010-2011 Mary Baldwin Theatre season will be Act Out, the student-directed one-act new play festival. If the past is any indication, the student directors will bring a wide variety of plays to life from absurdist comedy to stark drama. The one act plays will run May 11–15, 2011 and will close out the Mary Baldwin Theatre season.

Please join us for what promises to be an outstanding season. As a new feature this season, the theatre department will be providing special parking during show times, as well as a shuttle service from parking directly to the entrance of the theatre for the convenience of our patrons. All shows will run in the Fletcher Collins Theatre in Bertie Murphy Deming Fine Arts Center at Mary Baldwin University. Show times are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Season tickets and single show tickets are available by calling 540-887-7189. Season tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for students and seniors. Single show tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Shows do sell out so get your tickets now so as not to miss the drama and fun of Mary Baldwin University Theatre!