The Department of Theater presents
Presentation of final projects by MFA directing candidates Noah Herman and Amy Blumberg.
Love and How to Cure It by Thornton Wilder, directed by Noah Herman
One of Wilder's many treatments of unrequited love, Love and How to Cure It is a melodramatic comedy set in London on the stage of the Tivoli Palace of Music in 1895. It tells the story of Linda, a teenage music-hall dancer who fears the affection of her admirer, Arthur, who is hopelessly in love with Linda. The girl's aunt, an actress and singer, and their friend, an over-the-hill comedian still mourning the death of his wife, try to intervene to "cure" him, and at the same time, teach Linda what true love really means.
Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals by Young Jean Lee, directed by Amy Blumberg
An outrageous, unrelenting analysis of the yellow peril stereotype, Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals asks what it means to identify as an Asian-American in the context of deep-seated structural racism. The serial supervillain Fu Manchu and his scheming daughter, Fah Lo See, plot to unite all of the Asian nations in order to overthrow the West, live on stage, in front of your very eyes. Buckle up as Fu Manchu, Fah Lo See, and Terrence and Sheila, a white couple in England who have the keys Fu Manchu needs to enact his plan, come face to face with the absurdity and violence of indoctrinated bigotry.
Free and open to the public.