A Drama by Anton Chekhov
Directed by Art Horowitz
October 9, 10 (8pm), October 11 (2pm and 8pm), October 12, (2pm)
Considered by many to be Chekhov’s greatest work for the stage, Uncle Vanya has been categorized as everything from sentimental comedy to tragedy. Instead, Uncle Vanya is an exquisitely drawn portrayal of a deeply troubled extended family of highly idiosyncratic characters. Mostly, they keep their passions, anger and frustrations roiling just beneath the surface. As critic Eric Bentley observed, “Nobody dies. Nobody is paired off. And the general point is clear; life knows no endings, happy or tragic.” Chekhov’s great genius is in leaving us wondering, worrying, and caring deeply over his characters’ fate in the years after the closing curtain has dropped.
The Contemporary Rock Musical
Music by Duncan Sheik, Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater
Directed by Giovanni Ortega
November 20, 21 (8pm), November 22 (2pm and 8pm), November 23, (2pm)
Spring Awakening, a contemporary rock musical, takes its inspiration from Franz Wekekind's 1891 German play of the same name. The original play is one of dramatic literature's most controversial masterpieces, a work so daring in its depiction of teenage self-discovery, it was banned from the stage and not performed in its complete form in English for nearly 100 years. These same incendiary qualities are very much in evidence in the musical, which was adapted by Steven Sater, with music by Duncan Sheik. Spring Awakening opened on Broadway on December 10, 2006, winning eight Tonys, four Drama Desk Awards, and four Olivier Awards.
In the Works: Pomona-Scripps Fall Dance Concert
December 4, 5 (8m), December 6 (2pm and 8pm)
The always engaging Pomona-Scripps Fall Dance Concert features original works in progress by student choreographers, dancers, and lighting designers from all five Claremont Colleges. The Concert has a dynamic, energetic, and experimental quality that makes it hugely popular with college audiences.
Tickets ($5.00) sold at the door. Not included in subscription season.
In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play
A Comedy by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Betty Bernhard and Giovanni Ortega
March 5, 6 at 8 p.m., March 7 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., March 8 at 2 p.m.
In the Next Room or the vibrator play is a stimulating comedy about the search for sexual healing which attempts to answer Freud's famous question: "What do women want?" Our cultural history has generally failed to acknowledge the benefits of female sexual pleasure and has perpetuated the belief that a woman's sexual desire can only be satisfied by a man. Sigmund Freud's theory that women are capable of enjoying other forms of sexual pleasure, while considered controversial and "unhealthy" at the time, has become an important part of modern attitudes about healthy sexual activity for all persons. The prolific Sarah Ruhl was awarded a MacArthur "genius award" for her playwrighting. She is one of America's most accomplished young dramatists, and In the Next Room or the vibrator play is among one of her most popular plays.
Kitimat (World Premiere)
By Elaine Avila
Directed by Janet Hayatshahi
Co-Commissioned by the Department and the Mellon Elemental Arts Initiative at Pomona College
April 9, 10 (8pm), April 11 (2pm and 8pm), April 12 (2pm)
Kitimat, British Columbia, an industry town in glorious wilderness, finds itself the center of international controversy when the town is asked to vote ‘no’ or ‘yes’ on an upcoming oil pipeline project. The construction of the pipeline will have lasting environmental implications for the town, the region, and our climate. Marta Viveiros, a City Councillor, has worked for years to bring lucrative projects to Kitimat, to give her son work, and the town a future. When Julia, her sister, begins connecting to the environment through hiking and whale watching, Julia starts to object to Marta’s plans. But if Julia opposes Marta publicly, she puts her husband’s, her nephew’s and her daughter’s jobs at risk. As Julia and Marta’s twenty-something children struggle to find a footing in the boom town, Julia remembers the different lives her parents led at the same age, when they first came to Kitimat. All of the Viveiros sift through their family and their town’s past, to find a way to move into the future. As election day approaches, the residents of Kitimat struggle to decide between economic prosperity or protection of the natural world. Inspired by true events.
Annual Pomona Spring Dance Concert
Artistic Director, Laurie Cameron
Works by senior majors, faculty, and guest artists
April 30, May 1, 2 (8pm), May 3 (2pm)
The Annual Pomona College Dance Concert features a rich array of new and reconstructed choreography by senior dance majors, faculty, and guest artists alike. An exceptionally broad range of themes and styles are explored, and the choreography, dancing and design are always at a very high level of artistic achievement in this fine culmination of the Dance Program's academic year.