FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley | Sibert Theatre
Adapted and Directed by Aasne Daniels
October 28-29 and November 3-5 at 7:30 p.m.
November 6 at 2 p.m.
What happens when man upsets the delicate balance of nature? How does ambition become obsession? What happens to living beings who are deprived of a sense of community and connection? These themes and more resonate for modern audiences in Mary Shelley's 200-year-old Gothic horror story, Frankenstein. Just in time for Halloween, Illinois College TheatreWorks presents a new, world-premier adaptation of this familiar classic.
After the death of his beloved Elizabeth, Victor Frankenstein pursues her murderer - the creature of his own devising - around the globe. The chase ends in the Arctic, where Victor - weak from fatigue, hunger, and illness - is taken aboard the ship of an explorer, Captain Walton. Fearing that Walton's obsession with discovery parallels his own, Victor begins to tell Walton his cautionary tale. Memories, dreams and nightmares intrude on reality, weaving in and out of the fabric of Victor's narrative.
CLOUD TECTONICS by Jose Rivera | ICEBOX Theatre
Directed by Aasne Daniels
February 25 and March 2-4 at 7:30 p.m.
March 5 at 2 p.m.
From its debut at the Humana Festival in 1995, Jose Rivera's mesmerizing play has received critical acclaim. Fundamentally a simple story about a love triangle, Rivera upends our expectations by seamlessly incorporating magical elements into the mix, with bittersweet results.
When Anibal de la Luna offers shelter from the rain to a pregnant stranger, the clocks in his apartment simultaneously stop running. Who is the mysterious Celestina del Sol and why does times seem to have no effect on her?
ANGELS IN AMERICA by Tony Kushner | Sibert Theatre
Directed by Nancy Taylor Porter
April 22, 27-29 at 7:30 p.m.
April 30 at 2 p.m.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Tony Award for Best Play (1993), and numerous other awards, Tony Kushner's ANGELS IN AMERICA: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES, set during the height of the AIDS crisis. The central characters struggle with their religious, sexual and social identities while navigating faught relationships with family members and significant others. A Mormon husband fights his attraction to men and seeks to maintain his integrity as a lawyer while working for a powerful but unscrupulous mentor. His wife eases her pain through addiction. A Jewish man discovers his gay partner has been infected with some strange disease and wrestles with his conflicting needs to love and escape. Different strands of the plot mirror, intertwine and illuminate each other in a filmic progression interfaced with appearances of ghosts, angels and revelations in dreams.