The Catholic University of America

Hartke Theatre 2013-2014 Season

2 New Plays! 2 Outstanding Classics!


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A Dream Play
By August Strindberg
Directed by Colin Hovde
a new adaptation by Matthew Buckley Smith

How do you stage a dream? Agnes, a girl from “beyond,” possibly an angel or goddess comes to Earth and becomes trapped by the sufferings and cruelties of mankind. Images and characters merge and separate, locations change in an instant, and a locked door recurs obsessively. A Dream Play is a captivating mix of Freud, Alice in Wonderland, and Strindberg’s own personal symbolism.

November 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23 at 7:30 p.m.
November 17 and 24 at 2 p.m.

By Teri Gillmor, MFA Playwriting Candidate
Directed by Shirley Serotsky

Three estranged sisters face a choice when their mother passes away - reconcile or cut their losses and move on. On the day of the funeral, a magical stranger arrives at their childhood home, promising the possibilities of a new beginning - but only if the sisters unearth the past and come face to face with their family's ghosts.
February 13, 14, and 15 at 7:30 p.m.
February 15 and 16 at 2 p.m.
Additional show added--February 16 at 7:00 p.m. 
Fifi and Hunter Forever!
by Robert Montenegro, MFA Playwriting Candidate
Directed by Jenny McConnell Frederick

"Give the people what they want…And then take their money." Such is the maxim of agent-to-the-stars Clair Cupid, a major power broker who oversees a modern Hollywood where movie scripts fall from the sky, flash bulbs pop like champagne corks, and spare red carpets are kept in glass cases like fire extinguishers. Clair's power becomes threatened when her latest enterprising scheme, a faux tabloid romance between a washed-up former child star and an ambitious young unknown, sends Hollywood into an uproarious tailspin of scandal and greed beyond even the tabloids' wildest dreams.
February 27, 28 and March 1 at 7:30 p.m.
March 1 and 2 at 2 p.m.


The Merchant of Venice
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Eleanor Holdridge

In Shakespeare’s classic tale about prejudice, revenge, justice, and redemption, one man's efforts to win his lady's love amid the fierce religious divide and bigotry of the Renaissance sets in motion a questionable business deal between his friend, the Merchant of Venice, and Shylock the Jew. The shocking consequences of that deal call into question the beliefs of Venice's people, expose the tangled legal strains of mercy versus justice, and test the tenacity of young men and women in love.
April 24, 25, and 26 at 7:30 p.m.
April 26 and 27 at 2 p.m.


Panel Discussion Series:

Even today The Merchant of Venice causes controversy. Join our Discussion Series this season with panelists from CUA faculty tackling the historical and contemporary issues implicit in Shakespeare's classic. 


Wednesday, April 23rd*
6 p.m.
Callan Theatre

Shakespeare’s Shylock and Usury in Renaissance Europe
Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday by joining a lively round table discussion on the development of money-lending in Renaissance Europe and how policies concerning usury changed over time. Dr. Todd Lidh, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Clinical Assistant Professor of English, moderates the program with special guests Dr. Nelson Minnich, Ordinary Professor of Church History, and Dr. Andrew Abela, Dean, School of Business and Economics. Light refreshments served.

*Attendees have a special opportunity to see the dress rehearsal for Merchant of Venice following the reception. 

Saturday, April 26th
12:30 p.m.
Hartke Upper Lobby

History, Poetry, and Law: Examining the Merchant of Venice
A panel of CUA faculty discusses Merchant of Venice through the lens of their disciplines. Panelists: Dr. Jerry Muller, Chair, Dept. of History, Dr. Tobias Gregory, Associate Professor of English, and Dr. A.G. Harmon, Clinical Associate Professor of Law. Reception sponsored by the CUA Alumni Association.


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