Cameron University’s Department of Theatre Arts will celebrate “A Year of Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities!” for the 2014-15 season. The department will present a modern farce, a tragicomedy, a black comedy and a family musical comedy. Season tickets are available for $35 for adults and $30 for senior citizens, military, non-Cameron students and Cameron faculty/staff. To purchase season tickets, contact the Cameron University Department of Theatre Arts at (580) 581-2346. Cameron University students are admitted to theatre productions at no charge with Cameron ID.
The season kicks off from October 2-5 with “Leading Ladies,” which will serve as Cameron’s entry in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. The plot follows Jack and Leo, two English Shakespearean actors who find themselves down on their luck. When they learn that an elderly woman in York, Penn., is near death and will leave her fortune to her two long-lost English nephews, Steve and Max, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. There’s only one hitch: when they get to York, they discover that Steve and Max are actually Stephanie and Maxine, so they continue on – in drag.
A riveting tragicomedy takes center stage from November 20-23 with “Dark River.” The play conveys the story of a failing family business that has inadvertently poisoned local waters. Playwright Martin Jones uses pollution as a metaphor for the sins of the fathers in this compelling story that has been called an environmental “Crime and Punishment.” This production contains material that some may find objectionable
From February 19-22, “The Heretic” by Richard Bean tackles the divisive issue of climate change and its skeptics in a black comedy set at an English university. Following its 2011 premiere at London’s Royal Court Theatre, “The Heretic” was called “funny, provocative and touching.” Dr. Diane Cassell is a lead academic in earth sciences. At odds with the orthodoxy over the cause of climate change, she finds herself increasingly vilified and is forced to ask if the issue is becoming political as well as personal. Cassell questions the position of science in the global argument, inviting us to honestly consider what we think we know. This production contains material that some may find objectionable.
The season concludes from April 23-26 with “110 in the Shade,” a musical version of the romantic comedy “The Rainmaker.” The plot focuses on Lizzie Curry, a spinster living on a ranch in the Southwest, and her relationships with local sheriff File, a cautious divorcé who fears being hurt again, and the charismatic con man Bill Starbuck, who poses as a rainmaker and promises the locals he can bring relief to the drought-stricken area.
This production of “110 in the Shade” is sponsored in part by the Richard T. Brittingham, M.D., Musical Theatre Endowed Lectureship.
Shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday will begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday performances start at 2 p.m.
Cameron’s Department of Theatre Arts is a member of the Oklahoma Community Theatre Association.
August 28, 2014