The Syracuse University Department of Drama begins the 2022/2023 season on October 15.
The season kicks off with the popular musical “Sweet Charity” (October 15-23) directed by David Lowensteinchoreographed by Kira Schmidt-Carper, under the musical direction of Brian Cimet. Next up is “Failure: A Love Story” (November 12-19) directed by Thom Miller. The co-production of Vacation with Scene from Syracuse is the beloved family musical “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” (Nov. 25 – Jan. 8) directed by Melissa Rain Andersonchoreographed by Adam Catesunder the musical direction of Brian Cimet. The spring semester begins with “Barbecue” (February 18-26) directed by Gilbert McCauley. Next, Katherine McGerr directs “Dance Nation” (March 25 – April 2). The season ends with Sarah Ruhl“Melancholy Play: A Chamber Musical” (April 28 – May 7) directed by Rebecca Aparicio.
“I am thrilled to bring our audience a season of live theater filled with a wide range of love stories – stories that look beyond and behind romance to explore the transformative power of many different types of love. love: family love, self-love, self-acceptance and self-discovery,” said the director of the department Ralph Zito.
Written by neil simon with the music of Cy Coleman and the words of Fields of Dorothy“Sweet Charity” is an integral part of the musical theatrical tradition of Gwen Verdon and Bob Fosse, filled with great songs, dazzling choreography and lots of humor. At its heart is the romantic and optimistic Charity Hope Valentine, who is trying to make a life for herself in the big, bad city. With famous tunes such as “Big Spender”, “If My Friends Could See Me Now”, “I’m a Brass Band” and “Baby, Dream Your Dream”, this 60s treasure is bursting with heart, energy and authenticity. passion for the art of musical theatre.
“If you knew how long you had, would you be able to live your life?” asks a character in the playwright’s “Failure: A Love Story” Philip Dawkins. This bittersweet consideration is at the center of this whimsical and deep, simple and elegant piece. In 1928 Chicago, the three Fail sisters – Nelly, Jenny June and Gerty – meet untimely ends, but their unfortunate fates are tempered by the richness of life and love. With echoes of Thornton Wilder and tinged with the nostalgia of popular songs from a bygone era, this delicately romantic and funny piece reminds us that “just because something ends doesn’t mean it wasn’t a big hit.” Dawkins is a Chicago-based playwright and educator currently working on an American English translation of Michael Tremblay“Solemn Mass For A Summer Full Moon” and an audio piece for Audible.com
“Disney’s Little Mermaid”, written by Doug Wrightto music by Alain Menken and the words of Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, is a deep dive into family musical fun with Ariel, Sebastian and the whole aquatic gang in this beloved tale. With spectacular aerial acrobatics provided by 2 Ring Circus (“The Wizard of Oz”, 2017), this production promises enough thrills and delights for earthlings of all ages.
“Barbecue” is a satirical and insightful play from the pen of unrestrained playwright Robert O’Hara that features the O’Mallery family: five siblings, four sisters, one brother, all with various addictions, dependencies and issues. , one perhaps more than the others. Is a surprise intervention at a family picnic on behalf of the “troubled” a good idea? If so, why does the brother arrive with a Taser? Starting with the O’Mallerys themselves, this is a play full of surprises and very good theatrical ideas from the most suitably inappropriate satirist in American theater today. In addition to his playwriting, O’Hara has enjoyed success as a director. He was nominated for the 2020 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play for “Slave Play” and recently directed “A Long Day’s Journey into Night” off Broadway.
Winner of the 2017 Susan Blackburn Prize Claire Baron says his play “‘Dance Nation’ is a play about 13 year old girls. It’s also a play about women, ambition and desire.” Set in the middle of the pressure cooker of an impending national dance competition, Barron takes us to the island world of a team from Liverpool, Ohio, to expose their rivalries, competitiveness, support and joy, and to reveal not only their sensitivities and insecurities, but also their undeniable fierce power. A refreshing and unorthodox piece that conveys the joy and abandonment of dance, while addressing the bodily and mental changes of its characters as they gaze over the precipice into adulthood. Barron is a playwright and actor from Wenatchee, Washington. Along with being a 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist for “Dance Nation,” she also won the 2015 Obie Prize for Playwriting for “You Got Older.”
Who said sadness wasn’t fun? Definitely not an award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl. In her absurd, sensual and heartfelt “Melancholy Play: A Chamber Musical”, Ruhl gives melancholy an aphrodisiac power in the person of Tilly, a bank teller whose lingering sadness draws everyone around her. The attraction is so strong that when Tilly suddenly finds happiness, she throws others into despair. We even turn into almonds. Yes, the nut. It will be up to Tilly to restore it. With characteristic whimsy and nuanced earnestness, Ruhl considers the many different ways to find joy and how sadness is a necessary component of happiness. Ruhl is a playwright and essayist. His most popular works include “Eurydice”, “The Clean House” and “In the Next Room”. She received a MacArthur fellowship and the PEN/Laura Pils International Foundation for Theater Award for being a Distinguished American Playwright.
“As always, our young artists continue to entertain and inspire us as they work with their mentors – both within the faculty and in the broader professional field – to deepen their understanding of the art of storytelling,” Zito said. “They are eager to share what they have learned, and we look forward to having you join us.”