Taylor Theatre Production Though the Earth Give Way Runs This Weekend

By Jared Hammond Published: Oct 04, 2013

Though the Earth Give Way is the featured Taylor University Theatre production this weekend. The play will be presented by the Taylor Theatre Touring Company and is directed by Taylor faculty member and alumna Tracy Manning. Though the Earth Give Way tells the story of King Henry’s miraculous journey as he is granted an extraordinary gift: the knowledge of when he will die. He uses that knowledge to strengthen his faith and save his country and himself.

Though the Earth Give Way will be showing this weekend only on Friday, October 4, at 9:00 p.m., and Saturday, October 5, at 2:00 p.m., in the Mitchell Theatre, Rupp Communication Arts building. For ticket information contact Judy Kirkwood at jdkirkwood@taylor.edu or call (765) 998-5289.

The rest of the season includes:

Kiss Me Kate (Revised)

Music and lyrics by Cole Porter

Book by Bella and Samuel Spewack

November 15, 16, 22, 23 - 8:00 p.m.

November 17, 24 - 2:00 p.m.

Artistic Director: Tracy Manning

Music Director: Dr. Patricia Robertson

Cole Porter’s most successful musical which ran for 1,077 performances and won 5 Tony awards in 1949. Its revival in 2000 was one of the biggest Tony Award Winners of the Broadway season. It is about the antics of two feuding couples on a touring production of Shakespeare’s, “The Taming of the Shrew.”


The Cherry Orchard

By Anton Chekhov

Translated by Tom Stoppard

February 21, 22, 28, March 1 - 8:00 p.m.

February 23, March 2 - 2:00 p.m.

Directed by Tracy Manning

Tom Stoppard’s rendition of Anton Chekhov’s last full-length play introduces a new comic portrayal of an aristocratic family trying to come to terms with their estate being auctioned away. They come up with several options for saving it including cutting down the family’s prized cherry orchard.


The Servant of Two Masters

By Carlo Goldoni

Translated and adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher and Paolo Emilio Landi

March 14, 15 - 8:00 p.m.

Directed by Terrance Volden

This 16th century Italian classic is about a zany starving servant who tries to serve two masters to get twice as much food and ends up causing confusion between the two. The modern adaptation is a slapstick comedy that promises an energetic, no-holds-barred, high hilarity experience.


The Miracle Worker

By William Gibson

May 2, 3, 9, 10 - 8:00 p.m.

May 4, 11 - 2:00 p.m.

Directed by Tracy Manning

This dramatization of the story of Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller shows the volatile relationship between student and teacher. Helen is blind and mute. She acts spoiled and violently to her family and only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit inside waiting to be rescued. This play is dedicated to the memory of longtime Taylor Professor Oliver Hubbard.  The Miracle Worker was the last show he directed before his death in 2004.