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Current Season

2018-2019
Marion Kleinau Theatre
Performance Season


Fall Semester

September 8, 2018
Graduate Student Performance Hour*

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


September 21, 2018
Leftovers
Written and performed by Guest Artist Brianne Waychoff
            
In Leftovers, Waychoff stitches together gleaned remnants from diverse sources: Jean François Millet’s painting, The Gleaners, her Grandmother’s needlepoint rendering of the same work, and Agnès Varda’s 2000 film, The Gleaners and I. The text combines personal narrative and texts from the fields of art history, documentary filmmaking, performance studies, philosophy, and poetry, and its performance methods include elements of Butoh dance and installation. By exposing the partiality of the leftover, whether it be potatoes in a field, a painting, a family memento, or a body remembering, Waychoff reveals gleaning as both her subject of study and a fruitful metaphor for conceiving and composing a performance genealogy.


October 25-27, 2018
Hardened
Written, compiled, and directed by Rebecca Walker

Victim.  Monster.  Myth.  Her infamous face adorns warrior's shields, Renaissance paintings, and even one modern fashion label. The story of Medusa spans generations, and over the years she has morphed from innocent to villian to icon. Her ability to turn men to stone is unquestioned; yet, have we ever asked why she'd want to?  Hardened explores the myth of Medusa, from her snakelike properties to the mystery of her motivations.  Join us as we slither deep into Medusa's lair, and listen closely as she hisses her final question...what hardens you? MATURE THEMES.


November 29-December 1, 2018
Things to be Hateful For
Written and performed by Liz Newman
Co-Directed by Liz Newman and Jonny Gray

In November of 2016 a 30-day Facebook challenge spread rampant across Liz Newman's news feed: every day participants would share something they were grateful for.  This, of course, annoyed the hell out of her. So in December, she created her own year-long challenge: Things to be hateful for.  What started as an exercise in complaining quickly transformed into a project about finding the humor in everyday frustrations. Ultimately, it evolved into a community created through commiseration. A “negative” daily affirmation brought people joy and comfort knowing their experience wasn’t isolated, and that we all check the refrigerator 15 minutes later to see if its contents have changed, knowing full well they haven’t.


December 4, 2018
Beginning Courses Spotlight Hour*

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


December 6, 2018
Advanced Courses 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 21-23, 2019
Antlers to Ashes, Bytes to Bins
Written and devised by Alex Lockwood and cast
Directed by Alex Lockwood

What were humans? As we move into a new epoch of environmental and social transformation, new species emerge, while others fade into extinction. In Antlers to AshesBytes to Bins, a contingent of these new beings attempt to trace their story, seeking to find what remains of humanity in a posthuman world. Come visit this garden batch, as they contend with the hauntedness of a world post-extinction. Be present with them, as they are with you. MATURE THEMES.


March 28-30, 2019
Within/Without: Writing from the Closet
Written and directed by Colin Whitworth

A hidden place. A cabinet. A shelter. A place of retreat or privacy. A state of secrecy. A social structure that exists through stigma attached to same-sex attraction.  A closet. If our worldview is influenced by who we are, where we are, and what we can see, existing within a closet can effect the ways that we see, write, and communicate about our worlds.  This show asks us to open the door and step inside a tapestry of poetry and narrative that takes a peek inside the closets that we live within. MATURE THEMES.


April 25-27, 2019
Depressme Street
Written, compiled, and directed by Devin Collins

Depressme Street examines the relationship between monsters and mental health.  Weaving together literature, pop culture, personal narrative and lore, Depressme Street explores the performance of depression through a post-apocalyptic puppet show.  MATURE THEMES.


May 1, 2019
Beginning Courses Spotlight Hour*

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


May 4, 2019
Advanced Courses 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 r.walker@siu.edu.

Department of Communication Studies
Southern Illinois University
2nd Floor Communications Building
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(618) 453-5618