2007-2008 FTT Theatre Season

Savage in Limbo

by John Patrick Shanley
directed by Siiri Scott
Philbin Studio Theatre
October 8, 9, 10, and 11, 7:30 p.m.
October 12, 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
$12 general public; $10 seniors/ND faculty/staff; $8 all students.

Savage in Limbo probes humanity’s age-old quest for meaning and purpose in an often senseless world. This compact tale laces universal human turmoil with subtle comedy and paints a poignant portrait of the “limbo” that so often defines early adulthood.

In an attempt to seek refuge from the monotony of their daily lives, five thirty-something misfits frequent an anonymous bar in the Bronx. As the tale progresses, the group of former classmates gradually gain insight into their individual shortcomings and into the deeds necessary to turn their lives around for the better.

A Bright Room Called Day

by Tony Kushner
directed by Robin Witt
Decio Mainstage Theatre

November 13, 14, 15, and 16, 7:30 p.m., November 18, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

In 1930s Berlin, as the Weimer Republic weakens and Adolf Hitler’s Nazis steadily gain power, a close-knit group of artists and activists gathers in an apartment to hash out their own lofty takes on the impending political catastrophe. As the tragicomic tale unfolds, the quintet begins to question the true depth of their previously unshakable stances. Rich with poeticism and wit, Tony Kushner’s lyrical piece of political theatre probes the nature of evil in the world, and is ominously reflective of contemporary American politics. Buy TICKETS.

The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus

by Christopher Marlowe
directed by Anton Juan
Decio Mainstage Theatre

April 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 7:30 p.m.,
April 13, 2:30 p.m., April 17, 7:30 p.m., and April 19, 2:30 p.m.
$12 general public; $10 seniors/ND faculty/staff; $8 all students and children.
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Christopher Marlowe’s The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus chronicles the inevitable eternal damnation of a prideful professor who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for vast terrestrial knowledge and power. Debuting in direct competition with the early works of Shakespeare in the 1590s, this play is widely regarded as the first dramatization of the compelling and timeless Faust legend. Though many versions of the story have proliferated in the four hundred years since, no writer has been able to remark so eloquently upon the nature of salvation and damnation as Marlowe does in his masterpiece.

This play, is part of the College of Arts and Letters Faust at Notre Dame, a series of events that explores the figure of Faust, the ideas behind the figure, its 500-year tradition and how it connects the many disciplines of the College. Other events include a series of Faust-related films, a reconstruction of the 1859 version of Gounod's opera, Faust , an exhibit of illustrations in the Snite Museum of Art, a Faust at Notre Dame interdisciplinary scholarly conference, a University Seminar, "Doctor Faustus: Selling One's Soul to the Devil" and College Seminar classes. For more information: http://www.nd.edu/~faust.

Special Presentations

Macbeth

by William Shakespeare
performed by actors From The London Stage
Washington Hall

September 12, 13, and 14, 7:30 p.m.
$18 general public; $16 seniors/ND faculty/staff; $12 all students and children.

Based loosely on historical accounts of King Macbeth of Scotland, Shakespeare’s renowned “Scottish play” is easily one of his best-known tragedies.  

The Taming of the Shrew

by William Shakespeare
performed by Actors From The London Stage
Washington Hall
January 23, 24, and 25, 7:30 p.m.
$18 general public; $16 seniors/ND faculty/staff; $12 all students and children.

The Taming of the Shrew, a farcical and riotous comedy, is perhaps the most popular incarnation of the notorious "battle of the sexes." It is a tale of true love, and of the clashes that such a love so often beget.