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HWS Theatre 2018-19 Season Kicks Off

Revelation. Invention. Fabrication. Who are we really? How do we communicate with one another? What’s hiding beneath the surface? HWS Theatre announces its 2018-2019 season, which features an unromantic romantic dramedy, an original devised piece, and a hilarious 18th-century slapstick comedy. The HWS Theatre 2018-2019 season of ingenuity will invigorate audiences.

Associate Professor of Theatre Chris Woodworth directs.

The season opens with John Cariani’s Love/Sick on Thursday, Oct. 18 and Friday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

It’s an average Friday night in suburbia that marks a turning point for couples all over town. In this assortment of nine rapid-fire short plays, the course of true love runs a rocky road. Whimsy, poignancy and heartbreak converge in this ode to the messiness of love.

Auditions for Love/Sick will be held on Thursday, Aug. 30 and are open to all members of the HWS community. Guest artist AErin Lanphear returns for a fourth year as the costume designer for this show.

Please note: This production includes adult content and language and is not recommended for young audiences.


Associate Professor of Theatre Heather May directs.

#TBD continues the 2018-19 season with performances on Thursday, Feb. 28 and Friday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 2 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Don’t blink or you might miss the next big thing! Whether it’s the #MeToo movement, #BlackLivesMatter, or an all caps tweet from the President of the United States, life online can feel like the Wild West — with the potential for quick justice, brash statements and a place where the rules of etiquette and law are willingly suspended for both better and for worse. Students in this fall’s “Advanced Acting Styles: Devising for Performance” class will explore this landscape throughout the semester and collaborate with Professor May to create an original play titled #TBD.

Please note: This production includes adult content and language and is not recommended for young audiences.


The Servant of Two Masters 

Associate Professor of Theatre Chris Hatch directs.

The 2018-2019 HWS Theatre season closes with The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, translated by E. J. Dent, running Thursday, April 18 and Friday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 20 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 

What’s better than a meal and a paycheck? Two meals and two paychecks! When servant Truffaldino attempts to work for two masters at the same time, the results are hi-jinks, hilarity…and an invisible friend named Pasquel. One of the most famous and beloved comedies in the history of theatre will have you laughing all the way to the end of the semester!


Ed Hallborg begins his second season as resident designer and technical director, providing scenic and lighting design and technical direction for all three productions of the 2018-19 season. Kelly Walker returns for a sixth season as resident sound designer. Each Friday night performance will feature a Frame/Works event. Frame/Works is a program designed to draw connections between scholarly examination and artistic practice. Scholars are invited to present their research on a play, playwright, historical moment, genre or style in a pre-show lecture prior to a performance. Following the performance, audience members are invited to participate in a post-show talkback with members of the cast and creative team. Taken together, the pre-show lecture and the post-show talkback, “frame” a “work” of theatrical art.

Tickets for all productions are $5 and can be purchased at the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts Box Office, Monday through Friday, 3 to 5 p.m., during the week leading up to the performance. A limited number of free tickets will be available to HWS students with ID one hour before each performance. For more information on any of these productions, contact Professor Woodworth at cwoodworth@hws.edu or (315) 781-4581.

Read more about the HWS Theatre Program or visit the program’s Facebook page.

To learn more about the upcoming season as well as other exciting events in the HWS Theatre Department, all members of the HWS community were invited to an ice cream social on Aug. 28 in McDonald Theatre.