Taylor Theatre 2017-18 Season Opens with Clybourne Park

By Taylor University Student Writer Braden Ochs Published: Sep 20, 2017

The 2017-18 Theatre season at Taylor University will kick off with satire Clybourne Park, the Jason Francis Memorial Scholarship Show, which begins at the end of September. Clybourne Park is a satire about the politics of race. In response to Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, playwright Bruce Norris set it up as a pair of scenes that bookend Hansberry’s piece. The play will be presented at 8:00 pm, Sept. 29 and 30, and at 2:00 pm, Oct. 1.

In October, Taylor Theatre presents its second installment of the season, Moments, which is a chronological journey through dance and song with performances in tap, jazz, and ballet by Taylor students studying in the dance program.

Cyrano De Bergerac will be featured in November. Written by Edmond Rostand and translated by Anthony Burgess, Cyrano De Bergerac is a story about a former musketeer named Cyrano who has been cursed with an abnormally large nose. Despite his noticeable feature, he still works hard to woo Roxane, the woman he loves. The play will be directed by Terrance Volden.

In February, the season will resume with Grasping the Thorn: The Story of the White Rose Martyrs. Written by Indiana playwright William Gebby, Grasping the Thorn tells the story of a five young Germans who distributed thousands of anti-Nazi leaflets throughout their country in an effort to galvanize resistance to Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party. Their quest ultimately cost them their lives.

The season will conclude in April with Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical. Mary Poppins tells the story of a magical nanny who starts work at the Banks’ residence. She not only changes the children’s attitude about the world, but changes their father’s outlook as well.

All performances take place in the Mitchell Theatre in the Rupp Communication Arts Center. Tracy Manning, a 1992 Taylor alumna, serves as artistic director for the Taylor Theatre program. For tickets and/or additional information, contact:

Judy Kirkwood: jdkirkwood@taylor.edu, and/or 765-998-5289.

Theatre schedule:

Clybourne Park

September 29, 30, October 1

Moments

October 6, 7

Cyrano De Bergerac

November 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19

Grasping the Thorn: The Story of the White Rose Martyrs

February 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25

Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical

April 27-29, May 4-6