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Current Season

2017-2018
Marion Kleinau Theatre
Performance Season


Fall Semester

September 9, 2017
Graduate Student Performance Hour*

New and returning graduate students present work in a variety of performance genres.


September 28-30, 2017
Vanya on the Plains
Written and directed by Jason Hedrick
            
Elijah has a hard job. He’s a Content Moderator, coping with the technological divide that separates him from his family. To bridge the gap, he casts them in a production of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. But, putting on a play in the Plains proves a strange and difficult endeavor, since Theatre has been long forgotten. Part Chekhovian comedy, and part Absurdist futurism, Vanya on the Plains explores the erosion of embodied existence in relation to growing realms of digital content, evolving communications technologies, and environmental degradation. MATURE THEMES


October 26-28, 2017
DOUBLE BILL:

Birthplace: A Florida Woman Show
Written and performed by Shelby Swafford
Directed by Anna Wilcoxen

Florida: the “home” of sunshine and Disney World, alligators and orange juice, election mishaps and space launches—and Shelby, the author and performer of this show. This autoethnographic performance blends personal narrative, feminist theory, and Floridian archival history to reimagine cultural perceptions of womanhood, family, and regional identity. Connecting the personal with the political, Birthplace asks us to reconsider our home spaces: How do we tell our origin stories? What stories are told for us? Where do we feel at home, and why? And what happens when we are displaced from home—in all its contexts? MATURE THEMES

Bless Our Hearts: An Oral History of the Queer South
Interviews conducted, compiled, and performed by Colin Whitworth
Co-directed by Colin Whitworth and Craig Gingrich-Philbrook

What happens when we seem at odds with ourselves? For those who see themselves as both queer and southern, these two aspects of their identities often seem in conflict. How do we understand one in light of the other when “queer” and “southern” suggest such different things about us? Join us for a solo show that uses oral history and personal narrative to journey through the queer south looking for answers about how the diversity of people who share these identities make sense of what many think of as a contradiction. MATURE THEMES


November 4, 2017
Hyper-Embodied Storytelling: Embracing Mortality in Daily Performance*
Written and performed by Guest Artist Julie-Ann Scott

Julie-Ann Scott shares her research in a performance that uses personal stories of disabled embodiment to illuminate the visceral, collaborative, and susceptible nature of autoethnographic storytelling. Her performance shows how personal narrative can embrace, rather than fear, the inescapable mortality of our bodies and use it to pursue empathic connection with others in a search for social justice.


November 30-December 2, 2017
Dr. Dystopia
Written and directed by Jake Beck and Caleb R. McKinley-Portee

This show, created with the cast, explores the themes of “dystopia” and “utopia” in and beyond science fiction. Interweaving the cast’s own personal narratives with the history of science-fiction and other forms of speculation about the future, this performance analyzes the different ways utopian and dystopian performance affect a social world in which one person’s dystopia is another person’s utopia. MATURE THEMES.


December 5, 2017
Beginning Performance Course Spotlight Hour*

Students in the beginning performance courses, such as Performing Culture and Storytelling and the Oral Tradition, present their best work, as selected by instructors.


December 7, 2016
Advanced Performance Course Spotlight Hour*

Students in advanced performance courses, including undergraduates and graduate students, present their best work, offering a sampler of performance studies artistic scholarship.


Spring Semester

February 3, 2018
Faculty Performance Hour*

Faculty in the Communication Studies department present work in a variety of genres, typically including performances of literature, autoethnography, performance art, oral history, and/or music.


February 22-24, 2018
The Hank Ziety Variety Hour
Written by Darren Valenta
Co-Directed by Darren Valenta and Anna Wilcoxen

Hosted by D-list celebrity and physical manifestation of existential dread Hank Ziety, this variety show takes you deep into the minds of its star-studded guest list. We often grapple with our anxiety in isolation, but here, in front of a live studio audience, our guests externalize their anxiety, standing it up and holding it accountable in an attempt to normalize an overwhelmingly stigmatized state of mind. Anxiety doesn’t make you broken or flawed, despite what Hank says. Heeeeeeere’s Hank!


March 3, 2018
Lone Star Feminist*
Written and performed by Guest Artist Andrea Baldwin

I am Texan. I am Black. I am a Feminist. To be one or two of these things can cause a slight disruption. To be all of them can cause massive controversy. This performance explores the realization of these identities through multiple notable icons in regional history. Interweaving relational, parasocial, spiritual, and professional experiences Lone Star Feminist gives voice to a specific demographic as Baldwin claims and reclaims identities embedded in race, gender, and regional discourse.


April 26-28, 2018
The Factory
Written and performed by Alex Davenport and Colin Whitworth
Co-Directed by Jonny Gray, Alex Davenport, and Colin Whitworth

Take a step into The Factory, Andy Warhol’s storied New York studio space, site of queer creation, performance, and friendship. Centering on Warhol’s creation of Capote’s portrait, this performance uses a mixture of personal narrative and imagined historiography to investigate the performers’ identities as queer artists and friends through their identification with real life friends Andy Warhol and Truman Capote. Join them as they incorporate writing, performance, installation, and art in order to trace genealogical lines of queer art and invoke the creative space of The Factory.


May 2, 2018
Beginning Performance Course Spotlight Hour*

Students in the beginning performance courses, such as Performing Culture and Storytelling and the Oral Tradition, present their best work, as selected by instructors.


May 5, 2018
Advanced Performance Course Spotlight Hour*

Students in advanced performance courses, including undergraduates and graduate students, present their best work, offering a sampler of performance studies artistic scholarship.


All Shows begin at 8 pm, and there is no admittance once the performance has started. Admission is $7; $5 for students with ID; Shows marked (*) are free.  For reservations, call 618/453-5618. For information, contact craiggp@siu.edu.

Department of Communication Studies
Southern Illinois University
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Reservations & Information
(618) 453-5618