TheatreWorks presents Metamorphoses
November 4 & November 9 - 11, 7:30 p.m. and November 12, 2 p.m.
By Mary Zimmerman
CONVO CREDIT AVAILABLE - November 9 and November 12
Directed by Nancy Taylor Porter
Winner of the 2002 Tony Award, Metamorphoses is a contemporary and playful romp through a collection of classical myths. From Midas, a greedy corporate mogul, to Apollo’s snarky teenage son in therapy, to Psyche, afraid to trust what she knows of her lover because of jealous gossip, each of the characters is faced with situations requiring a reckoning or change. How they meet these challenges determines how they are transformed. But even when they fail, enlightenment and a committed heart offer the opportunity for redemption as they navigate choices between freedom and addiction, reverence and blasphemy, trust and betrayal, life and death. These stories remind us of the deep truths we have forgotten about how to be truly happy: to live in love.
PG | Some mature language
- Illinois College Students :: FREE
- Illinois College Faculty, Staff & All other students :: $5
- General Admission :: $10
EURYDICE by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Aasne Daniels | October 28 - 29 and November 3 - 5, 7:30 p.m. & November 6, 2 p.m.
Sarah Ruhl’s contemporary take on the myth of Orpheus focuses on the hero’s beloved Eurydice, who, after dying on her wedding day, finds herself in a strange new land. Reunited with her father in the Underworld, Eurydice must find the balance between remembering her life before and “living” with her new circumstances. The New York Times hailed Eurydice as “Rhapsodically beautiful. A weird and wonderful new play - an inexpressibly moving theatrical fable about love, loss and the pleasures and pains of memory."
You on the Moors Now by Jaclyn Backhaus, directed by Aasne Daniels | April 22, 28-30, 7:30 p.m. & May 1, 2 p.m.
What if Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Eyre, Cathy Earnshaw, and Jo March defied space, time and social conventions and met all together after rejecting the marriage proposals of Mr. Darcy, Mr. Rochester, Heathcliff and Laurie Laurence? Find out what happens in Jaclyn Backhaus' cheeky "Battle of the Sexes" send-up of four literary classics: Pride & Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and Little Women!
Winter Break by Joe Calarco, directed by Nancy Taylor Porter | November 11- 13, 7:30 p.m. & November 14, 2 p.m.
Following the lives of 19 teenagers on the last day before winter break, this play shows how they navigate new and old friendships, breaking up, being alone and belonging, losing a family member, unearthing ghosts of the past, and discovering their own path. With both warmth and humor, Winter Break opens our eyes to new possibilities and helps us find comfort in our shared experiences.
The Mountaintop | by Katori Hall
THE FIRST ALL BLACK PRODUCTION AT ILLINOIS COLLEGE
Directed by Jordan Hall '21 | Featuring Squire Prince '18 and Alannah Oliver-Foster '23
March 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. | Performances streamed in Sibert Theatre
The Mountaintop tells the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his last day on earth: April 3, 1968 in the Lorraine Motel. In this riveting story, Katori Hall humanizes the civil rights leader and historic icon as King connects with Camae through moments of joy, laughter, sadness, and grief. The play enables us to reconnect with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a flawed man who heeded the call of his Maker.