2009-2010 FTT Theatre Season

Blithe Spirit

by Noel Coward
directed by Jay Paul Skelton

Decio Mainstage Theatre

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 7:30 pm
Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 7:30 pm
Friday, April 16, 2010 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 17, 2010 - 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 18, 2010 - 2:30 pm

Charles and his charming second wife, Ruth, live comfortably in the country, but all of that is about to change. Charles plans an amusing evening with the Bradmans by inviting Madame Arcati, a medium, to their home to hold a séance. The event turns into a nightmare of hilarity, however, when a very jealous Elvira, Charles’s first wife, returns from the hereafter and attempts to take matters into her own ethereal hands. Noel Coward’s "improbable farce in three acts," Blithe Spirit (1941), takes the audience on an amusing journey through this world and the next in one of the theatre's most enduring comedy classics.

Natural Selection

by Eric Coble
directed by Tim Hardy

Philbin Studio Theatre

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 7:30 pm
Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 7:30 pm
Friday, February 26, 2010 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 27, 2010 - 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 2:30 pm

Eric Coble’s ironic comedy depicts a future where technology rules supreme: everything is cooked in a microwave, blogging has replaced conversation, school has become virtual and the coca-cola flavor of the week is vanilla-cherry-lime. In Natural Selection (2006) Henry Carson, a curator at Cultural Fiesta Theme Park, is forced to travel the country in order to restock the Native American Pavilion. He soon finds that “native” can no longer be strictly defined. Technology has a decided disadvantage against mythology and, after years spent making the world artificial, the world begins to fight.

The Sugar Wife

by Elizabeth Kuti
directed by Siiri Scott

Decio Mainstage Theatre

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 7:30 pm
Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 7:30 pm
Friday, November 13, 2009 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 14, 2009 - 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 2:30 pm

Elizabeth Kuti's The Sugar Wife premiered in 2005 in Dublin, Ireland. Set in 1851 in a Quaker community, the drama revolves around the moral dilemmas facing Hanna and Samuel Tewkley. The couple struggles to reconcile the simple ethics of their faith while running a successful business against the backdrop of poverty. When Hanna insists they invite a former slave and an abolitionist into their home, an unavoidable collision of culture, class and values ensues.

The New Playwrights Workshop presents First Harvest

Staged readings of selected scenes from 10 new plays by playwriting students and under Artistic Director, Anton Juan.

Tuesday, November 17 - Ringtones, Time Yet for a Hundred Indecisions, Both Sides, The Red Beret

Wednesday, November 18 - Coffee Bean, Their American Decision, Shine On

Thursday, November 19 - A Rose by any Other Still Reeks of Deceit, Committed, Widow's Seeds

The three shows will begin at 7:30 pm each evening in the Philbin Studio Theatre at the DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts.

Special Presentations

New Playwrights Workshop presents Cargo and Scattered Voices

Works by student authors, directed by Anton Juan

Philbin Studio Theatre

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 7:30 pm
Thursday, October 8, 2009 - 7:30 pm
Friday, October 9, 2009 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 10, 2009 - 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 2:30 pm

This year, we continue last year’s precedent of opening the season with a Student Driven project as a bonus production. This year’s plays emerged from theatre courses taught by Professor Juan.

Cargo - At The World’s Fair, migrants are sealed inside crates to be exhibited; the seals break and migrants reveal their memories that lurk within. The production is a dialogic presentation of migrant issues.

Scattered Voices -  Forced to grow up quickly within the harsh judicial system, incarcerated adolescents try not to be just their rap sheets, but intensely struggle to find their identities and futures. This devised theatre work is based on communications with young men from the regional correctional facilities.

Actors From the London Stage presents King Lear and Romeo and Juliet

King Lear

by William Shakespeare

Washington Hall

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 7:30 pm
Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 7:30 pm
Friday, September 11, 2009 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 7:30 pm

Romeo & Juliet

by William Shakespeare

Washington Hall

Tuesday, January 27, 2010 - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, January 28, 2010 - 7:30 pm
Thursday, January 29, 2010 - 7:30 pm