Dawson College Professional Theatre Program Announces Full 2017-18 Season

7 productions to be performed by students at the training institution this season



THE SECRET RAPTURE

By David Hare, Directed by Winston Sutton
Students: First Studio, Year Two Group One
PerformancesSept 20th to 23rd, 2017 at 8pm (PWYC Admission)

The children of light and darkness battle in this brilliant play by the author of Racing Demon. Gentle Isobel happily runs a small graphics design business with her husband until her sister Marion and her father’s young widow Katherine demand to be taken into the company. Katherine is a destructive drunk and Marion is a Tory M.P. with the heart of a computer. Isobel accepts capital to expand and her business becomes high tech and impersonal. She ultimately walks away from her business and her marriage in this fable about the corruption of art and heart by a soulless, self obsessed society.



SPRING AWAKENING

By Frank Wedekind in a new version by Anya Reiss, Directed by Michael E. Hughes
Students: Second Studio, Year Two Group Two
Performances: October 4th to 7th, 2017 at 8pm (PWYC Admission)

Unnerving, entertaining, funny and dark: Wedekind’s play about a group of boys and girls discovering their sexuality caused uproar when it exploded onto the stage in 1906 and has lost none of its provocative power. This thrilling contemporary version by British playwright Anya Reiss examines the intensity and confusion of teenage life today. Under the hopelessly ineffectual mentorship of their parents and set within the pressure cooker environment of a results oriented school system, 8 youths grapple to understand the bewildering world of puberty as they navigate the most profound moments in their young lives. With unforgiving and refreshing frankness Spring Awakening asks important and necessary questions about how young people are shaped for their future by a generation that doesn’t understand them.

Please be advised: this production openly deals openly with sensitive issues such as sex, teen pregnancy, violence, pornography and suicide.



ROMEO AND JULIET

By William Shakespeare, directed by Jude Beny
Students: First Major
Performances: November 13th to 25th, 2017 (Admission $5-$15)

In a gilded but climate-degraded world, two teenagers defy their families and risk their lives for “star-crossed” love. Two powerful clans, the unforgiving Capulets and Montagues, have long been bitter, feuding enemies. So when Romeo and Juliet fall in love at first sight, their forbidden and passionate alliance causes deep disruption that rips through the city of Verona. A hasty, secret marriage and a perilous plan to dissemble death results in heart-break and grief, in Shakespeare’s immensely popular romantic tragedy.



PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

By Helen Jerome, adapted from the novel by Jane Austen, directed by Barbara Kelly
Students: Second Major
Performances: January 22nd to February 3rd, 2018 (Admission $5-$15)

A witty and charming theatrical version of one of the most-loved romantic books of all time. When Jane Austen wrote her novel Pride and Prejudice over 200 years ago, could she have imagined that the complicated love story between Elizabeth and Darcy would continue to resonate today? This critique of class and character reveals how self-importance and social rank, as well as the prejudices we hold towards one another, prevent us from listening to our inner truth. Elizabeth defies her over-bearing mother, and refuses to marry without love, but she fails to recognize her own innermost stirrings. While Elizabeth spars with the alluring Darcy, her mother is determined to secure marriage for her daughters at any cost, sister Jane must deal with rejection, the younger girls chase soldiers in town and her father experiences profound exasperation. These family dynamics add to the rich layering of the plot, creating a colourful backdrop of manners and mores in early 19th Century England



DANCING AT LUGHNASA

By Brian Friel, directed by W. Steven Lecky
Students: Third Studio, Year Two Group Two
Performances: February 28th to March 3rd, 2018 at 8pm (Admission PWYC)

Set in the fictional Irish village of Ballybeg, Ireland, Dancing at Lughnasa is a memory play, told from the perspective of an adult Michael. He recalls one summer at his aunts’ home when he was seven years old. The five Mundy sisters, all unmarried, live in a big cottage just outside of the small village. Their older brother, Jack, a Catholic priest, who has lived in a Ugandan leper colony, has recently returned home. He is suffering from malaria, has trouble remembering many things and has also clearly lost his faith. Meanwhile Michael’s father, Gerry, pops in and out of his son’ life, keeping Michael and his mother Christina on tenterhooks as to whether he will ever settle down with them. Brian Friel’s multi award-winning play is a masterpiece, portraying the strength and bravery of five sisters who dance wildly in a final celebration of their lives, before they change forever


YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU

By Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, directed by Winston Sutton
Students: Third Major
Performances: April 16th to 28th (Admission $5-$15)

At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirbys. The plot shows how Tony, attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. The shock sustained by the Kirbys, who are invited to eat cheap food, shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question. However, in the end, Mr. Kirby is converted to the happy madness of the Sycamores. No mention has as yet been made of the strange activities of certain members of the household engaged in the manufacture of fireworks; nor of the printing press set up in the parlor; nor of Rheba the maid and her friend Donald; nor of Grandma’s interview with the tax collector when she tells him she doesn’t believe in the income tax.


For information on how to reserve tickets, visit https://www.dawsoncollege.qc.ca/professional-theatre/box-office/

Address: 2000 Atwater St. (Atwater Metro, Main Campus)
Reservations (Majors only): (514) 931-5000
Group Reservations: Carolyn Guillet at 514-931-8731 ext. 4419
or cguillet@dawsoncollege.qc.ca



Dawson College’s three-year career program trains students to work as a professional actor, exploring a wide range of acting techniques for theatre and film, with performances both in-studio, and in full-scale theatrical productions staged in Dawson’s new theatre. Training comprises conservatory style, in-studio classes in acting, voice, movement, improvisation, stage combat (including sword-fighting), dance, and acting for camera. Dawson also provides a well-rounded theatrical education with classes in technical theatre, classical and contemporary text, and theatre history. For more information, visit https://www.dawsoncollege.qc.ca/professional-theatre/

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