The Catholic University of America

Hartke Theatre 2012-2013 Season

CUAdrama celebrates 75 years of excellence! Join us for our
75th Anniversary Season and special events.


Henrik Ibsen’s

Hedda Gabler

Adapted by Michael Meyer
Directed by Eleanor Holdridge

Considered scandalous and subversive in its day, Ibsen’s classic Hedda Gabler, examines the life and psyche of an ambitious and talented woman, trapped in a loveless marriage by obligation and society and yearning to break free of her dull and stifling existence as a traditional housewife in 1890’s Norway. One of modern literature's most infamous protagonists, Hedda Gabler lies, cheats and steals to escape her own boredom heedless of the consequences to those around her, until the very bitter end…
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

October 11, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m.

October 13 and 14 at 2 p.m.



A new play by Katherine Clair


Directed by Kathleen Akerley
MFA Playwriting Thesis
When small town politics and personal relationships collide over a proposed restrictive youth dress code one young woman decides to take a stand, setting mother vs daughter, friend vs friend ….pants vs. politics! But when her passionate public campaign for individual rights becomes a social-media followed pantless protest movement will her original principles be lost as the conflict between opposing sides threatens to spiral out of control? A riotously funny new play!

More information about CUADrama’s MFA Playwriting Program

November 15, 16, 17 at 7:30 pm

November 17 and 18 at 2 p.m.




By William Shakespeare

(an abridged version of Julius Caesar)
Directed and edited by Allison Fuentes
MFA Directing Thesis

There is a tide in the affairs of men…and we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures – Brutus,  Julius Caesar, Act 4, Sc. 3

Great words and noble sentiments from a respected and honorable citizen, yet in most modern accounts Brutus lands on the wrong side of history, remembered best as Rome’s most notorious daggered assassin. This abridged version of Julius Caesar, refocuses the classic tale from Brutus’s viewpoint, revealing the path toward his ultimate “call to fate” and contemplating how thin the line can be between hero and villain.

More information about CUADrama’s MFA Directing Program

February 21, 22 and 23 at 7:30 pm

February 23 and 24 at 2:00 pm



A new play by Matthew Buckley Smith

Spooky Action at a Distance

Directed by Jerry Whiddon
MFA Playwriting Thesis
Love, War and Quantum Physics. In 1971, with the Vietnam War still grinding on, Simon Pirklowski plays it safe, studying physics at Berkeley to avoid the draft. But when he befriends a shady bartender with a nasty temper, and agrees to tutor his beautiful wife, Simon may learn just how exciting uncertainty can be.
Contains strong language and adult situations. 
More information about CUADrama’s MFA Playwriting Program
March 21, 22 and 23 at 7:30 pm

March 23 and 24 at 2:00 pm




Ken Ludwig’s

Shakespeare in Hollywood

Winner 2004 Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play
Directed by Jay Brock

Lights, Camera, Shakespeare! It’s 1934 and Shakespeare’s most famous fairies, Oberon and Puck, magically materialize on the Hollywood set of Max Reinhardt’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Immediately smitten by the glitz and glamour of showbiz the two fairies get their big break on the silver screen playing (who else?) themselves. With a little help from blonde bombshells, movie moguls and arrogant “asses” the mischievous magic of old Hollywood sparkles in this hilarious romp.

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. New York City
For more information about the playwright see
April 18, 19, 20 at 7:30 p.m.

April 20 and 21 at 2:00 p.m.



75th Anniversary Celebration

CUAdrama celebrates its founding in 1937 by Father Gilbert V. Hartke, O.P. and 75 years of excellence in theatre.  Join us for a two-day event filled with performances, festivities, and a gala reception:
April 26 at 8:00 p.m. - Ken Ludwig's Shakespeare in Hollywood
Special pre-show party from 7-8pm. Meet the playwright!
April 27 at 7:00 p.m. - 75 Years of Excellence: A Celebration of CUAdrama & Post-Show Gala Reception




BOX OFFICE: 202-319-4000


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

TICKETS:$15 adult/full price; $10 senior citizens, CUA alumni, faculty and staff;
$5 students

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