Fall 2019 Mainstage Production (THEATRST 350)
As You Like It by William Shakespeare
Directed by Jules Odendahl-James
All the world's a stage ... at CLUB FOREST (of Arden).
Set in 1980s New York City, the fall mainstage production of As You Like It is a study in contrasts between an uptown, straight-laced, gilded court and downtown, scrappy, queer ballroom culture. The Forest of Arden is the ballroom/club where banished bois, grrls, and more flee and frolic in a story of gender-fluid love and laughter, undaunted by the unflinching outside world.
Imagined with a cast of 11 diverse actors, reflective of NYC’s status as a global crossroads, students will play roles across the gender continuum. Material from the play will be made available for auditioners. Students are welcome to prepare a 1-minute Shakespeare comedic monologue in advance but this is not required to be considered.
Crew positions available: Light board operator, wardrobe, run crew, and more.
Students will work with faculty director and professional designers. Cast members have the option to register for THEATRST 350 (ALP, CCI, R) to receive academic credit for participation. Enrollment is optional, but attendance is required. The class meets once a week for two and a half hours starting the week of September 2. Evening rehearsals will be Monday through Thursday, 7 p.m.– 10 p.m. and one weekend afternoon (to be announced), beginning September 23. Actors will be called as needed but should keep these times open. Tech weekend is November 1-2. The eight performances will take place Nov. 7-17 in Sheafer Lab Theater.
Spring 2019 Mainstage Production (THEATRST 350)
Fefu and Her Friends by María Irene Fornés
Directed by Jeff Storer
Auditions to be held Oct. 20-21. (Sign up sheet coming soon!)
“Heaven is populated with divine lovers. And in hell live the duds.” ~Emma from María Irene Fornés’ Fefu and Her Friends
Cuban-born Fornes (who trained in Paris as a painter) was present at the birth of New York’s off-Broadway movement and became one of its guiding lights during the latter half of the 20th Century. Her work is not afraid to be funny and elegant and gritty – often in the same scene! In Fefu and Her Friends, Fornes shifts our understanding of the very place in which the play is produced by challenging the relationship between space, actresses, and audience.
“The play is about women. It’s a play that deals with each one of these (eight) women with enormous tenderness and affection...The play is not fighting anything, not negating anything. My intention has not been to confront anything. I felt as I wrote the play that I was surrounded by friends. I felt very happy to have such good and interesting friends.” ~Maria Irene-Fornes (1977)
Bonnie Marranca in describing the play has this to say: “Fefu has many of the qualities of (Fornes’) other plays – whimsy, lightness of touch, economy of style, bittersweetness, an interest in exploring human relations.”
Be a part of this legendary play in production at Duke in Spring 2020. Directed by Jeff Storer – founder and artistic director of Durham’s Manbites Dog Theater, former Theater Studies chair and director of Duke’s productions of Ragtime, The Laramie Project, and Uncle Vanya – there will be plenty of ways to get involved on- and off-stage. Don’t miss the opportunity to work on this funny, tender, milestone of American theater.