The Catholic University of America

Hartke Theatre 2014-2015 Season

King Oedipus Zeus to Deus
By Sophocles
Adapted by William Butler Yeats
Directed by Orion D. Jones, MFA Directing Candidate
This new production of Sophocles’ most famous play about the rise and fall of King Oedipus, translated by W.B. Yeats, tells the story of a man’s ambition to learn a truth that may condemn his own life but save his realm. As the play progresses, it also explores the emergence of Christianity and its roots in Greek polytheism, provoking questions of reason and faith.
October 9th, 10th, and 11th at 7:30pm
October 11th and 12th at 2pm



La Perdida SOLD-OUT
Book and Lyrics by Kathleen Cahill
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Directed by Elena Velasco, MFA Directing Candidate 

Set in pre-Revolutionary Mexico, where powerful Dons ruled like Kings, Shakespeare’s passionate drama about love, jealousy and redemption is retold in the Latino style of magical realism. A full-length musical, inspired by traditional Mexican folk music, the story enchantingly unfolds through song, words, and dance.
November 20th, 21st, and 22nd at 7:30pm
November 22nd and 23rd at 2pm

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Conversations I’ve Never Had
By Kathleen Burke, MFA Playwriting Candidate
Directed by Mary Resing
Part of CUAdrama’s MFA Playwriting Repertory
Newlyweds Ruth and Brad’s seemingly happy life is disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious stranger from Ruth’s past. With the help of Ruth’s sister, the couple endeavor to find a way to save their marriage and each other.
February 14th, 18th, and 20th at 7:30pm
February 15th and 21st at 2pm

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DC Metro Theater Arts Review of Conversations I've Never Had

...brilliant, poignant, and funny...I am a regular audience member of Catholic University's theatre productions, and this is one of my favorite productions.

The Mage Knights of Eternal Light
By Amanda Zeitler, MFA Playwriting Candidate
Directed by Kate Bryer
Part of CUAdrama’s MFA Playwriting Repertory
After the premature death of her father, the power of young Dawn’s grief gives physical life to fantasy characters, both heroes and villains, from her dad’s favorite book. Dawn’s already crumbling relationship with her family and friends is tested further by emergence and ensuing conflict between these make-believe-made-real characters.
February 13th, 19th, and 21st at 7:30pm
February 14th and 22nd at 2pm


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DC Metro Theater Arts Review of The Mage Knights of Eternal Light

Catholic University does a stellar job, and Zeitler’s homage to the genre she clearly loves so much is a touching and entertaining piece of theater.



The Revolutionists

By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Eleanor Holdridge
April 23-26, 2015
This new work by award-winning playwright Lauren Gunderson is a brutal comedic quartet about four very real women, a playwright, an assassin, a free woman of color, and a former queen who lived very boldly in France during the French Revolution. This grand, dark comedy about violence and legacy, terrorism and feminism follows these heroines as they try not to lose their minds and their heads amid the insanity of the Reign of Terror.
April 23rd, 24th, and 25th at 7:30pm
April 25th* and 26th at 2pm

*roundtable discussion on April 25th at 12:30 pm (details below)

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Vive la Révolution!

 The following programs,which are part of The Revolutionists production, are free.

Movie: Toussaint
Tuesday, April 14, 6 p.m.
Busboys and Poets, Brookland

Following in the wake of the French Revolution, the colony of Saint Domingue erupted in a series of slave revolts that would lead to the establishment of Haiti, the world's first independent black republic. Toussaint recounts the story of the Haitian Revolution (1791–1804) through the experiences of its leader, Toussaint L’Ouverture. French with English subtitles.
In partnership with the Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures  


Reading: Danton’s Death by Georg Büchner
Tuesday, April 21, 8 p.m.
Busboys and Poets, Brookland

Danton's Death is Büchner’s extraordinary début play written in 1835 when he was just 21. Set amid the bloody climax of the Reign of Terror, the play follows the final days French Revolutionary Georges Danton as he stands accused and faces the guillotine by his own creation, the Revolutionary Tribunal.  A pre-cursor to modern docu-drama, the play incorporates actual speeches and writings and examines the nature of power and revolution. Featuring CUAdrama alumni!


Roundtable Discussion:
French and Haitian Revolutions, the Genesis of a New World
Saturday, April 25, 12:30 p.m.
Hartke Theatre Upper Lobby

Join us for a roundtable discussion with Jean-Michel Heimonet, ordinary professor of French, Caroline Sherman, assistant professor of History, and Chelsea Stieber, assistant professor of French with moderator Peter Shoemaker, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Arts and Sciences. We will examine revolutions in France and Haiti, as well as the forces that create them. Light refreshments served.


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