Drama and Dance Performing Arts

Dept. of Drama and Dance Announces 2014-2015 Season

The Department of Drama and Dance has announced their performance schedule for the 2014-2015 season. Tickets will be available from the Hofstra Box Office at 516-463-6644 (Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m.) and also for purchase at the door, starting 90 minutes prior to show time.  Members of the Hofstra community may receive up to two free tickets upon presentation of a current HofstraCard.

with the hatOctober 3-12
THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT
by Stephen Adly Guirgis
Directed by Royston Coppenger
Acclaimed young playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis’ fast-moving, foulmouthed comedy-drama about the moral dilemmas caused by misplaced love and fidelity in the modern world. The Wall Street Journal called it “one of the best new plays to come to Broadway in ages.”
Location: Black Box Theater, New Academic Building, South Campus

Bat BoyOctober 17-26
BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL
Book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe
Directed by Ilona Pierce
When a half-boy/half-bat creature is found in a cave, he’s taken in by a local family and named Edgar. But it’s difficult to be a Bat Boy in Hope Falls, West Virginia, and not everyone is as loving as the Parker family. This is a story of prejudice, forbidden love, secrets and the mysterious origins of … the Bat Boy.
Location: John Cranford Adams Playhouse, South Campus

November 7-16
THE BURIAL AT THEBES
by Sophocles
Burial at ThebesTranslated by Seamus Heaney
Directed by Cindy Rosenthal
Nobel-prize winning poet Seamus Heaney’s taut, accessible and timeless version of Sophocles’ Antigone, the mythic story of a young woman who dares to stand up and speak out against the authority of the state. Antigone is hailed as one of the most enduring texts in the Western canon, and Heaney’s version has been cheered as “eerily relevant” and “the right story to be telling now.”
Location: Black Box Theater, New Academic Building, South Campus

Fall DanceNovember 20-23
Fall Dance Concert
The Fall 2014 Faculty Dance concert will feature Hofstra faculty choreographers Rachel List, Amy Marshall, Colin Stilwell, Anna Troester, and Karla Wolfangle, with special guest Claire Porter.
Location: John Cranford Adams Playhouse, South Campus

Student RepDecember 5-8
The Student Rep ~ A Festival of Student Works
An exciting festival of student acting, directing and dance, presented over four days in early December. Further details will be mailed to subscribers and publicized at a later date.
Location: Black Box Theater, New Academic Building, South Campus
Admission: FREE

March 5-15
RICHARD II
66th Annual Hofstra Shakespeare Festival
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Jean Dobie Giebel
When authority is not earned, but attained through right of birth, how far will a person, ill-suited to the seat of power, have to go to maintain control? This contemporary setting of a play, lauded for its eloquence, explores fame as the “new religion,” a force that can both make a king and destroy him.
Location: John Cranford Adams Playhouse, South Campus

March 12 and 14
WHAT FOOLS!
A One-Hour Midsummer Night’s Dream
by William Shakespeare
Adapted by Maureen Connolly McFeely
Directed by Christopher Dippel
Lovers, fairies, and fools, oh my! The Shakespeare Festival Touring Company proves that “the course of true love never did run smooth” in this excellent one-hour adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy, suitable for young audiences.
Location: The Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center, South Campus

Monday, March 9, at 7 p.m.
ACTING SHAKESPEARE LECTURE SERIES
Nationally renowned theatre company The Shakespeare Project of Chicago and L2K Communications, Inc. will present a 50-minute Romeo and Juliet followed by a talkback to allow the Festival audience a firsthand look inside the actor’s process when working on Shakespeare’s world-renowned texts.
Location: The Spiegel Theater, South Campus
Admission: FREE

Tuesday, March 10, at 7 p.m.
SHAKESPEARE ON FILM
Join us for a screening of The Lion in Winter, the Academy Award-winning film adaptation of James Goldman’s play, depicting a succession crisis in the early days of the Plantagenets.
Location: Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center, North Campus
Admission: FREE

March 20-29
HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES
by Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by James J. Kolb
Comedy in Ayckbourn is often premised on something not quite normal. In this case two living rooms in two separate London flats are presented as one set, which serves simultaneously as two separate spaces, with two couples overlapping in the shared set. The wife of one couple is having an affair with the husband of the other couple — much confusion and comedy ensues.
Location: Black Box Theater, New Academic Building, South Campus

April 16-19
Spring Dance Concert
The Spring 2015 Faculty Dance concert will feature Hofstra faculty choreographers Robin Becker, Stormy Brandenberger and Anita Feldman, with special guest Adam Barruch and others to be announced.
Location: John Cranford Adams Playhouse, South Campus

May 1-4
The Student Rep ~ A Festival of Student Works
An exciting festival of student acting, directing and dance, presented over four days in early May. Further details will be mailed to subscribers and publicized at a later date.
Location: Black Box Theater, New Academic Building, South Campus
Admission: FREE

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