September 24, 1999 Geneva, NY— Robert Gross, the director of Bartlett Theatre and professor of English at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, has announced the 1999 – 2000 season lineup for the Bartlett Theatre. The season will kickoff with the Symphony of Rats by Richard Foreman, the story based on the President of the United States taking a voyage into space, accompanied by reporters and top-ranked advisors. Symphony of Rats performances will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 21, through Saturday, October 23, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 24, in the Bartlett Theatre on the Hobart and William Smith Campus.
Other performances this season include Raised in Captivity, by Nicky Silver, a fierce, funny, and moving play by one of off-Broadway's most gifted comic playwrights, which will be performed at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 10, through Saturday, February 12. What to do when you're broke, your mother's been killed by a flying shower head, your therapist has a crush on you, and you've fallen in love with a murderer on Death Row? These are just a few of the problems faced by the hero of Raised in Captivity.
The final production of the season, Surena, by Pierre Corneille, will be performed at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, though Saturday, April 29. This show will offer theatergoers a rare opportunity to see this masterpiece of the 17th century French stage. Surena is an elegant and passionate tragedy in which sophisticated games of love and ambition lead to beautiful princess, a celebrated general, and a kingdom to their ruin.
Robert Gross holds a bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, a masters degree from Ohio State University, and the Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He taught at Cornell University before coming to Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1987. Gross has written several books including S.N. Behrman: a Research and Production Sourcebook (1992), and numerous articles on the theatre and theatre arts.
Bartlett Theatre is located in Coxe Hall off of Pulteney Street on the HWS campus. General admission is $5.
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