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Professor Leonard Pronko, well-known and admired for his knowledge and teaching of Asian theatre, is retiring after 57 years at Pomona College. Pronko is one of the U.S.’s leading experts on kabuki, a traditional Japanese art form that combines elaborate make-up and dance with stylized dramatic performance.
The Pomona College Department of Theatre and Dance and Claremont-based professional theatre company Ophelia’s Jump will start the summer play season with Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl’s retelling of the Orpheus myth. Performances will be held Fri.-Sun., May 23-25, and Fri.-Sun., May 30-June 1, in Seaver Theatre.
In this play, the Orpheus story is told from the perspective of Eurydice, his wife. Under the affectionate tutelage of her father, Eurydice regains her memories of earthly love—but has to choose between her husband and her father, with both choices involving loss. Doug Oliphant is the director.
This Thursday, April 10, Theatre for Young Audiences will present Bird Talk, a re-imagining of the Persian poem “Conference of the Birds.” The performance will take place in Seaver Theatre, 300 East Bonita Ave. in Claremont, at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Students from Pomona College and the other Claremont Colleges have spent the year working with middle and high school students from Fremont Academy of Engineering & Design in Pomona to create the play from start to finish. The fall semester focused “on skill-building, community-building and generating text for our spring performance,” and the spring semester “on rehearsal, producing and performance,” says Rose Portillo, Pomona College Class of 1975, the play’s director and course instructor.
Take a trip back in time to Medieval Europe with a series of modernized mystery plays directed by performer, author and director Giovanni Ortega. Mystery plays, a form of performance that reached its height in the 15th century, are short but spectacle-filled plays about a variety of religious topics. With titles such as Creation, Temptation, Noah, and Second Shepherd’s Play, these chaste yet bawdy, witty yet moving plays promise to inspire and amuse.
Pomona College’s Sontag Greek Theatre will be alive with Shakespearean productions this summer thanks to a new partnership with a local theatre company.
The Pomona College Theatre Department is partnering with Ophelia’s Jump, a Claremont-based professional theatre company, to produce four plays, beginning in May and running deep into summer.