Taylor University Theatre Season Begins Friday

Published: Oct 03, 2012

Taylor University Theatre Season Begins Friday

The 2012-2013 theatre season at Taylor University begins Friday at 8:00 p.m., with the Samuel Beckett play Waiting for Godot. Godot, a tragic-comedy featuring two actors waiting for an imaginary friend, has gained critical acclamation and was one of only two 20th century plays listed on Daniel S. Burt’s list of the top 100 plays of all time. Iterations of Godot have been performed by actors Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Nathan Lane, John Goodman, Robin Williams and Steve Martin.

Show times are 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 1992 Taylor graduate Tracy Manning serves as artistic director for the Taylor Theatre program. All shows are in the Mitchell Theatre of the Rupp Communication Arts building on the Taylor campus.

For tickets, contact: Judy Kirkwood, jdkirkwood@taylor.edu, 765-998- 5289.

Additional Taylor plays for the season include:


But Not Destroyed

The Story of Calvin Fairbank

William Gebby

October 19, 7:30 pm

October 20, 2:00 pm

But Not Destroyed tells the story of Methodist minister Calvin Fairbank, one of 44 persons imprisoned in the Kentucky State Penitentiary from 1844-1870 for helping slaves escape before and during the American Civil War.

Prior to serving 17 years in prison, Fairbank was credited with helping 47 such former slaves escape to freedom. During his prison stay, Fairbank was subjected to numerous beatings and whippings – he received more than 35,000 lashes during one eight-year period and suffered temporary blindness from the physical trauma.

Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare

November 9, 15, 16: 8:00 pm

November 10, 17: 2:00 pm, 8:00 pm

November 11, 18: 2:00 pm

William Shakespeare’s classic tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet, whose love was forbidden by their feuding Montague and Capulet families, comes to the Taylor stage.



Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak

February 15, 16, 22, 23: 8:00 pm

February 17, 24: 2:00 pm

Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, and featuring a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz, Godspell is one of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway successes of all time. The production includes a string of well-loved songs including Day By Day, All Good Gifts, and By My Side.


The Curious Savage

John Patrick

April 26, 27, May 3, 4: 8:00 pm

April 28, May 5: 2:00 pm


The Curious Savage is the story of a widow whose husband left her with millions of dollars. Her efforts to help those less fortunate are threatened by her grown-up stepchildren who have her committed to a mental hospital. But there she is inspired by the gentle inmates, who are exactly the sort she wants to assist.