Hartke Theatre 2009-2010 Season
In Good King Charles' Golden Days by George Bernard Shaw
In this 'true history that never happened' Shaw imagines a 'what if' comedy about a spirited debate of ideas, from science and religion to art and politics, between Sir Isaac Newton, King Charles and notable historical figures, including a philosopher, a religious leader, an actress, and a duchess—all passionate in defense of their own beliefs.
Ngala Muti by Emily B. Solomon
M.F.A. Playwriting Thesis production
When Americans Jim and Jane arrive in the South African bush for a private safari with Ranger Bobby and a mystical tracker named Tshonga, things aren't quite what they seem. The local birds advise them to "G'waaay!" Jim wants to experience the real Africa, but can they handle it when the true ruler of the land emerges to defend his territory?
Picnic at Hanging Rock by Laura Annawyn Shamas
Based on the book by Joan Lindsey
An innocent Valentines Day outing for a group of Australian school girls in the early 1900s ends in mystery when three students and a teacher disappear. Haunting and captivating, the story explores both the strange circumstances of the disappearances and the toll the subsequent gossip, rumor, and intrigue have on the local community.
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Berthold Brecht
In the midst of an economic crisis, a group of businessmen make a desperate deal with gangster Arturo Ui. What follows is a classic tale of a city held hostage by greed, corruption and violence. Brecht challenges the audience to consider how much freedom they would willingly give up for the sake of peace and prosperity.
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