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HWS Theatre Unveils 2017-18 Season

“By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.”

What is lurking just out of sight? What are we waiting for? Is it full of menace or delight? HWS Theatre announces its 2017-18 season, which features a Shakespearean tragedy, a darkly comic farce and the 20th century’s most iconic absurdist play. The HWS Theatre 2017-2018 season of anticipation is one not to miss.

The season opens with Macbeth by William Shakespeare, running Thursday, Nov. 9 and Friday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Supernatural powers. Overambitious leaders. Legendary warriors. Epic battles. Before there was Game of Thrones, Star Wars or The Lord of the Rings, there was Macbeth, Shakespeare’s action-packed tale of greed, power, magic, lust and death. “It will have blood they say. Blood will have blood.”

Associate Professor of Theatre Chris Hatch directs Macbeth. Most recently, Hatch directed the HWS Theatre production of Boeing Boeing and was featured as Macduff in the Shakespeare in Delaware Park production of Macbeth. Hatch also will be featured as Rochefort in the Syracuse Stage production of The Three Musketeers this fall.

The Theatre season continues with the first production of the spring semester: 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood. Crinolines, Communists, and custard pies collide at the 1956 quiche breakfast meeting of the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein. Will their Sapphic sisterhood spare them from atomic armageddon? Warm up your winter with this interactive comedy directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Chris Woodworth.

Most recently, Woodworth directed the HWS Theatre production of She Kills Monsters. Guest artist AErin Lanphear returns for a third year as costume designer. 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche runs Thursday, Feb. 15 and Friday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Please note: This production will contain adult content and language and is not recommended for young audiences.

The 2017-18 HWS Theatre season closes with Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Heather May.

Vladimir: “Well? What do we do?”

Estragon: “Don’t let’s do anything. It’s safer.”

Don’t play it safe like Didi and Gogo. Join us at the theatre for Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. A tragicomic musing on the ways humans pass time while waiting for someone or something to save them from a barren existence, Godot speaks from its origins in the heart of World War II to the present moment.

May most recently directed the HWS Theatre production of The Etymology of Bird and has just embarked upon the fourth season of Mosaic NY, a social justice theatre company for which she serves as artistic director. Waiting for Godot runs Thursday, April 12 and Friday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 14 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 

The Theatre Department has welcomed Ed Hallborg as the new resident designer and technical director. Hallborg will provide scenic and lighting design and technical direction for the three productions of the 2017-18 season. Prior to joining the HWS Theatre Department, he held the position of instructor and adviser of the Theatre Technology Program at Genesee Community College. He has worked in most aspects of technical theatre production in academic and professional venues for 15 years, and has won two awards for his set design. Kelly Walker returns for a fifth season as HWS Theatre 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 HWS Theatre productions are $5 and can be purchased at Area Records, the College Store and at Gearan Center for the Performing Arts box office (Monday through Friday, 2 to 4 p.m.). 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 Woodworth (cwoodworth@hws.edu or 315-781-4581). For more information on the Theatre Program at HWS visit: http://www.hws.edu/academics/theatre/ or visit the program’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/hwstheatre.