About the Performances
Happy Birthday, Wanda June │ November 2018
by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
directed by Mark A. RhodaNovember 14-17 @ 8:00 p.m.
November 18 @ 2:00 p.m.
Happy Birthday, Wanda June performs in the Bruce Davis Theater
“This is a simple-minded play about men who enjoy killing, and those who don’t.” So opens Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.’s prescient riff on toxic masculinity, as seen through the lens of late-1960s America. Big-game hunter and war hero Harold Ryan, presumed dead for many years, returns home like Odysseus to an America he no longer recognizes and a wife, Penelope, who’s started a new life.
During the war, Harold killed over 200 men and women, including the notorious Beast of Yugoslavia, and countless more animals, for sport. He was later “lost” in the Amazon rainforest while hunting for diamonds with Colonel Looseleaf Harper, a slow-witted aviation hero, who had the unhappy task of dropping the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, an act he comes to regret.Confronted on his unexpected return by two suitors for his wife, a nerdy Electrolux vacuum cleaner salesman named Shuttle and a hippie, peace-loving M.D. called Woodly, who later becomes his foe, Harold is aggrieved that his country has become weak. He even finds his son, Paul, who had worshipped his father from afar as a real American hero, has been pampered and grown unmanly, afraid even to walk the park at night. Harold Ryan, the prolific killing machine, believes all heroes have been replaced by intolerable pacifists, and that in postwar 1960s America, it’s his job to Make America Great Again. This is the story of his tragic attempt to do so. Performance dates and times are as follows: November 14-17 at 8:00 p.m., November 18 at 2:00 p.m. In the Bruce Davis Theater, Montgomery Hall, on the SMCM campus. To reserve tickets, contact the Theater Box Office at email@example.com or telephone 240-895-4243 (ext. 4243). Ticket prices: $4 for faculty, students, staff, senior citizens, and Arts Alliance members; $6 general admission. Patrons must pick up their reserved tickets at the Box Office window by 7:50 p.m. for evening performances and by 1:50 p.m. for matinée performances; otherwise, unclaimed tickets will be released for sale.
10-Minute Play Festival │ February 2019
Original work by student playwrights
Conceived by Amy Steiger
Various directorsFebruary 20-23 @ 8PM
February 24 @ 2PMBruce Davis Theater, Montgomery Hall Fine Arts Center
Emerging from professor Amy Steiger’s fall 2018 playwriting class, the 10-Minute Play Festival will showcase the original work of 6-8 student playwrights, each of whose short play will be directed by a fellow student, with the participation and under the supervision of professor Steiger. The 10-Minute Play Festival resurrects the tradition of SMCM’s once-popular One-Act Festival, last seen on the main stage in spring 1997. Please check back in December 2018 for an update on the roster of performances and the slate of directors.
Stick Fly │ April 2019
By Lydia R. Diamond
Directed by guest artist Denise HartApril 17-20 @ 8PM
April 21 @ 2PMBruce Davis Theater, Montgomery Hall Fine Arts Center
The affluent African-American LeVay family gathers at their Martha’s Vineyard home for the weekend, and brothers Kent and Flip have each brought his girlfriend home to meet the parents for the first time. Kent’s fiancée, Taylor, an academic whose absent father was a prominent author, struggles to fit into the LeVay’s upper-crust lifestyle. Kimber, on the other hand, a self-described WASP who works with inner-city school children, fits in more easily with the family. Joining these two couples are the demanding LeVay patriarch, Joe, and Cheryl, the daughter of the family’s longtime housekeeper. As the two newcomers butt heads over issues of race and privilege, long-standing family tensions bubble under the surface and reach a boiling point when secrets are revealed. (From samuelfrench.com. Stick Fly is performed by special permission of Samuel French, Inc., NYC.)
To reserve tickets, contact the Theater Box Office at (240) 895-4243 (ext. 4243), or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- $4 for students, faculty, SMCM staff, senior citizens, and Arts Alliance members;
- $6 general admission
Patrons must pick up their reserved tickets at the Box Office window by 7:50 p.m. for evening performances and by 1:50 p.m. for matinée performances; otherwise, unclaimed tickets will be released for sale.