The Catholic University of America

Hartke Theatre 2011-2012 Season



The Crucible
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Bill Largess

When a group of teenage girls accuse others in 1692 Salem, Mass., of witchcraft to cover up their own forbidden activities, the town erupts
with allegations of satanic activity and hysteria. The arrests and trials that follow expose a community paralyzed by fear, religious
extremism, and greed.

"I never knew what pretense Salem was, I never knew the lying lessons I was taught by all these Christian women and their covenanted men!" - Act I, Scene 1, Abigail

April 19, 20, and 21 at 7:30 p.m.
April 21 and 22 at 2 p.m.

Already seen this season:

By Molière
Translated by Richard Wilbur
Directed by Eleanor Holdridge

In one of the greatest cons of the 17th century,arch-hypocrite Tartuffe infiltrates the heart and family of Orgon under the religious cloak of piety. Scheming to marry his benefactor’s daughter, seduce his wife, and gain his fortune, Tartuffe reveals the perils of hypocrisy and gullibility within us all.

"Are you so dazed by this man's hocus pocus that all the world, save him, are out of focus?" - Act I, Scene 5, Cleante

Oct. 13, 14, and 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 15 and 16 at 2 p.m.

The Language of Infinity
By Rachel K. Barclay
Directed by Kasi Campbell

How far does The Language of Infinity stretch?  In the Porter home there exists an endless balance of scientific genius and mountainous personalities...and the family secret may be the world's greatest achievement!

MFA Playwriting Thesis, premiere of a new play!

More information about CUAdrama's MFA Playwriting program

Nov. 17, 18, and 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 19 and 20 at 2 p.m.




Alien Invader
By Frank DiSalvo Jr
Directed by Tom Prewitt

Four adopted siblings' relationships are brought to the breaking point in surprising and hilarious ways in this dark comedy about the meaning of family, the conflict over selling the old family home, and the search for The Worst Video Game Ever Made.

MFA Playwriting Thesis, premiere of a new play!

More information about CUAdrama's MFA Playwriting program

Feb. 16, 24, and 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 18 and 19 at 2 p.m.


The Mystery Plays
By Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Directed by Sasha Brätt

These two interrelated one-acts, based on medieval mystery plays but infused with the eerie sensibilities of the modern American horror genre, offer an edge-of-your-seats experience as they explore the unexplainable which exists within all life, death, faith and forgiveness.

"Night in the all of us, moving towards the morning...Lost, but hopeful...Always, hopeful..
                                                               - from The Mystery Plays

MFA Directing thesis production!

More information about CUAdrama's MFA Directing program.

Feb. 17, 18, and 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 25 and 26 at 2 p.m.


New! And Exciting!

In 2011–2012 CUAdrama inaugurates a Reading and
Discussion Series
. Focusing on new, unpublished,
or rarely produced works and showcasing the
talents of our faculty, alumni, and students, each
staged reading will be followed by an expert panel
discussion about the play’s themes and issues or a
talk-back with cast, directors, and playwrights.



Hartke Box Office 202-319-4000

Learn more about our new FREE
Reading and Discussion series

Next Reading:

Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24



Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Tickets: $15 adult/full price; $8 senior citizens, CUA Alumni, Faculty and staff; $5 Students


Click for: 2011-2012 Season Brochure


To request accommodations for individuals with disabilities, please contact 202-319-5367