The Catholic University of America

Hartke Theatre 2015-2016 Season


Selma ’65 (see photos)
A Play by Catherine Filloux
Conceived by Catherine Filloux and Marietta Hedges
Directed by Eleanor Holdridge 

In remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the Selma voting rights march, award-winning playwright Catherine Filloux brings to life the interconnected stories of Viola Liuzzo, white civil rights activist, and Tommy Rowe, FBI informant, undercover with the Ku Klux Klan. The show features CUAdrama faculty Marietta Hedges, head of the M.F.A. Acting Program, and Eleanor Holdridge, head of the M.F.A. Directing Program.
Post-show discussions follow each performance featuring civil rights activists, artists, and historians.
September 24, 25, and 26 at 7:30 p.m. 
September 26 and 27 at 2 p.m.

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 photo by Steven Schreiber

Post-show Discussions:

Thurs. Sept. 24th:  Andy Shallal, owner of Busboys and Poets and activist, will lead the discussion with the production’s artistic team: Playwright Catherine Filloux, Director Eleanor Holdridge, and Actress Marietta Hedges.

Fri. Sept. 25th: Award-winning author and journalist Elizabeth Becker leads the discussion.  Ms. Becker, has covered national and international affairs as a Washington correspondent at The New York Times, as the Senior Foreign Editor at National Public Radio, and as a Washington Post correspondent.

Sat. Sept. 26th matinee: Renate Chancellor, expert on the Civil Rights Movement and CUA Assistant Professor, leads the discussion.

Sat. Sept. 26th: William Barbieri, CUA Associate Professor of Ethics and Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program, leads the discussion.

Sun. Sept. 27th matinee: Playwright Catherine Filloux, Director, Eleanor Holdridge, and Actress Marietta Hedges lead the discussion.


Big Love (see photos)
By Charles L. Mee
Directed by Randy Baker 

Fifty brides seek refuge from their 50 grooms, doing whatever it takes to stop the wedding. Seeking asylum in a beautiful Italian villa, they experience threats of suicide, pacts of murderous revenge, and maybe — accidentally — acts of love. Charles Mee’s explosive and poetic retelling of the world’s oldest play — Aeschylus’s The Suppliants — is equal parts comedy and tragedy, exploring themes of sex, revenge, and justice. And cake. Lots and lots of cake.
November 19, 20, and 21 at 7:30 p.m.
November 21 and 22 at 2 p.m. 


Legacy Street (see photos)
By Lauren Jane Redmond, M.F.A. Playwriting Candidate
Directed by Mark Routhier 

Part of CUAdrama’s M.F.A. Playwriting Repertory
Following the takedown of a local drug lord, the inhabitants of Legacy Street struggle to hold on to what little they have left. A play about the human desperation for permanence and the unsung stories of our cities.
February 12, 18, and 20 at 7:30 p.m.
February 13 and 21 at 2 p.m.


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Br’er Cotton (see photos)
By Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, M.F.A. Playwriting Candidate
Directed by Thembi Duncan
Part of CUAdrama’s M.F.A. Playwriting Repertory
Everyone in Ruffrino’s life is content to live in the shadows of paradise, but he is young, gifted, and militant and can no longer stand to have heaven’s gate just beyond his reach. He’s out to save the world, wake up the zombies, and prove by any means necessary that Black Lives Matter.
February 13, 17, and 19 at 7:30 p.m.
February 14 and 20 at 2 p.m.

Pride and Prejudice (see photos) 

Adapted by Jon Jory
from the novel by Jane Austen
Directed and Choreographed by Joseph Ritsch

At more than 200 years old Pride and Prejudice couldn’t feel more modern in Jon Jory’s fast-paced and highly entertaining theatrical adaptation of Jane Austen’s famous tale of social class and moral virtue. Considered one of the most popular pieces of literature worldwide, the story of the Bennet sisters leaps off the stage and into the hearts of audiences with Jory’s keen and clever reworking of this romantic comedy of manners. Whether a newcomer to the work or a devoted Austen aficionado, you are sure to delight in this witty retelling of the classic novel.
April 21, 22, and 23 at 7:30 p.m.

April 23 and 24 at 2 p.m. 

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Panel Discussion

Austenmania: The Enduring Popularity of Jane Austen
Saturday, April 23rd
6:00 p.m.
Hartke Upper Lobby

In an age of Tinder and speed dating, why do Jane Austen's writings continue to appeal and infiltrate pop-culture. Join a lively discussion moderated by Patrick Tuite, Drama Dept. Chair, with special guests Stephanie Hartman, Adjunct Professor, Media Studies, Christopher Wheatley, Ordinary Professor of English, and Joseph Ritsch, Director of Pride and Prejudice and Co-Producing Artistic Director of Rep Stage.

Private reception organized by the CUA Alumni Association.

$20 reception & ticket package. RSVP required. Click here to register. Questions? Contact the Alumni Office at 202-319-5608, or

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Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
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$10 senior citizens & military
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$5 students

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