The Catholic University of America

Hartke Theatre 2016-2017 Season

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Bloody Poetry 

by Howard Brenton
Directed by Gregg Henry 

Three rebellious immortals of the Romantic Age-- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Lord Byron, and Percy Bysshe Shelley-- converge on the stormy shores of Lake Geneva in 1816. Defying society, they transform literature for all time and leave scandal, devastating heartbreak, and an awestruck Europe in their wake.
October 13, 14, and 15 at 7:30 p.m. 
October 15 and 16 at 2 p.m.

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by William Inge
Directed by Bill Largess 

As a Midwestern neighborhood prepares for a holiday picnic, the arrival of a young drifter changes the lives of everyone. His influence and his attraction force the neighbors to face long-avoided facts; for better or worse, nothing will ever be the same.
December 1, 2, and 3 at 7:30 p.m. 
December 3 and 4 at 2 p.m.

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Preggers, or Parenthood for Virgins
By Rebecca Dzida, M.F.A. Playwriting Candidate
Directed by Linda Lombardi

Part of CUAdrama’s M.F.A. Playwriting Repertory
Newlyweds Mary and Joseph learn that they’re going to raise the Son of God. Along with a little guidance from the angel Gabriel, they attempt to navigate the absurdities and challenges of being new parents.
February 18, 22, and 24 at 7:30 p.m.
February 19 and 25 at 2 p.m
SISSY, accompanied by Johann Sebastian Bach and a Mouse

By Garret Lee Milton, M.F.A. Playwriting Candidate
Directed by Jenny McConnell Frederick 

Part of CUAdrama’s M.F.A. Playwriting Repertory
When a downtrodden mouse enters Sissy’s repetitive life as an office clerk, it brings the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and an absurd perspective on life, language, and love. As the mouse sings and dances its way through Sissy’s world, a phantasmagorical adventure unfolds for Sissy and his office mates. A blend of three different versions of the Sisyphean myth, this modern theatrical adaptation examines our imagination and how we use it to find truth and meaning in our daily lives.
February 17, 23, and 25 at 7:30 p.m.
February 18 and 26 at 2 p.m

by William Shakespeare
Directed by Eleanor Holdridge 

A decorated war hero makes his way across a battlefield and is given a prophecy of power by three mysterious women. How Macbeth grapples with honor and ambition, destiny and desire are at the heart of this dynamic play, perhaps Shakespeare’s most powerful tragedy. Filled with supernatural horrors, bloody battles, intimate scenes from marriage and some of the most stunning poetry ever written, this is a story for today.
April 20, 21, and 22 at 7:30 p.m. 
April 22 and 23 at 2 p.m.

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