Thomas Yakey – Anchor Staff
The Rhode Island College theatre department’s first show for this season is “Cherry Orchard.” This show is directed by Trinity Repertory Company’s Associate Artistic Director Tyler Dobrowsky.
“Cherry Orchard” tells the story of an aristocratic Russian family who tries to survive in hard economic times. The family tries to preserve their way of life in the middle of the pressures of “progress.” Options to prevent the family from foreclosing are presented, and the family tries to rise up to the challenge. This is both a timeless and funny classic about changing times, loss, restoring, and continuing where you left off.
Audrey Crawley, a senior theatre performance major, commented, “I am very excited for Cherry Orchard. It is such a classic play and my classmates have been working so hard on it. I can’t wait to see it fully realized!” This show is presented in The Helen Forman Theatre in the Nazarian Center for the Fine Arts. The dates range from Sept. 26 to Sept. 30 of this month.
“Quilters,” a musical based off the novel, “Quilters: Women and Domestic Art” by Patricia Cooper and Norma Bradley Allen, is the theatre department’s second show of this semester. This musical is lovely and moving as it follows six daughters and their mother. The mother needs her children’s help to make a quilt before she dies. Cleverly, each scene, which is a different story or book, is introduced by a quiet square which is symbolic of a phase of life.
This piece is also historically accurate portraying different women and their life on the prairie. Combining history, music, dance, and quilts, “Quilters” captures both the rewards and immense challenges of frontier life. The play truly shows how women contributed to the creation of America alongside men. Bill Wilson is the director of this great musical. This show runs from Nov. 14-18.
The theatre department’s last show of the semester is “When We Were Young and Unafraid.” The show is written by Sarah Treem. This play runs from Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.
Set in the early seventies, a woman named Agnes uses her bed and breakfast as a safe house for domestic violence victims. Mary Ann, a woman who uses the safe space, shows up and starts forming a relationship with her daughter. Agnes has to face presumptions about the woman she’s been helping for a while.
Marisa Rebelo, senior musical theatre major, is the student director of this play. She is “really excited about directing this piece because with the MeToo Movement and woman standing up for themselves I think it is a very current piece and relatable to the world we live in today. I hope audiences find it funny and charming while walking away with a new message and questions.”
For more information about show times, as well as ticket pricing and policies, please visit http://www.ric.edu/mtd/Pages/Calendar-Theatre-Events.aspx.