Students, Senior Citizens, MBC Faculty and Staff ($7/$25 season tickets)
Other Adults ($12/$50 season tickets)
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The Mary Baldwin College Theatre Department, in the Fletcher Collins Theatre, plays host to five or more student productions a year. This versatile and intimate black box theatre produces dramas, comedies, experimental plays, and at least one musical per academic year. It is also home to the biennial student-directed One Act Festival held during May Term. As one of the many local theaters in the Staunton area, the MBC Theatre Department is a haven for the avid theatre-goer.
All Shows run Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. in the Fletcher Collins Theatre, Deming Fine Arts Building.
The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde
Directed by Kelley McKinnon
What’s in a name? Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet? Or be as good a husband? Find out as Gwendolyn and Cecily weigh their options in Oscar Wilde’s effervescent comedy about mistaken identities, questionable manners, and the workings of love.
November 13–15 and 18–22
Patience, or Bunthorne’s Bride
by Gilbert and Sullivan
Directed by Terry Southerington ’72
Musical direction by Anne Wick
In typical G&S fashion, this comic operetta is full of beautiful music, absurd plots, the patter song, and a lot of fun as it satirizes the aesthetic movement, which was popular in England in the 1870s and 1880s. All the ladies are in love with Bunthorne, an aesthete a la Oscar Wilde. They leave their former loves — the dragoon guards — out in the cold, even though Bunthorne’s aestheticism is a sham and he is in love with Patience, a milkmaid. When Patience’s childhood love, Grosvenor, returns, having adopted the aesthete’s style, all the ladies fall for him and forsake Bunthorne. The guards then try to become art lovers to please the ladies, while Bunthorne convinces Grosvenor to lose the aesthete’s style. Will that be enough for Bunthorne to regain his following?
by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Doreen Bechtol ’12
Sarah Eurydice creates an imaginative retelling of Eurydice’s descent into the surreal underworld on her wedding day. When she arrives in Hades, an unexpected reunion with her father forces Eurydice to choose which love to follow and which to leave behind before the River of Forgetfulness overtakes all. Follow Eurydice’s journey through death, accompanied by a strange chorus of stones and other unlikely characters.
by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Greg A. Beam
In 1809, amidst passion and rivalries on an English country estate, a brilliant young pupil proposed a startling scientific theory well beyond her own comprehension. More than 200 years later, academic adversaries try to piece together clues from the past on the same English country estate in their quest for elusive truths. Tom Stoppard lets us travel between the times as we, along with the characters, discover clues to what really happened.
The Play’s the Thing
MBC’s student-directed play to be announced.
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Patience, or Bunthorne’s Bride by Gilbert & Sullivan
Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl
Arcadia by Tom Stoppard
The Play’s the Thing