By Abby Metty
With productions focusing on the serious to the light-hearted, Rochester College theatre department will entertain and challenge its audiences throughout the 2017-18 season.
The season begins with “Wit,” which tells the story of a woman who has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and reassesses her life throughout her the course of her illness. She moves from looking at life through a rational viewpoint to one of humor and insight. The next productions of “Wit” are Thursday, Sept. 28 to Sunday, Oct. 1.
The second show this semester is “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which will run on the weekends of Nov. 9-12 and Nov. 16-19. One of Shakespeare’s most beloved stories, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” features four characters who decide to enter the forest to get away from an overbearing father. They find the forest inhabited by warring factions of fairies and a blundering group of actors. Soon, all these lives begin to intertwine.
Annika Huey, a junior theatre major, is appearing in both fall productions. She says she is excited to perform in “Wit” since it is her first show since she returning from studying abroad in Europe. She also will be a fairy in the upcoming production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
The first show of the spring semester is “Proof,” which is about a troubled young woman who has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father. Following his death, she has to deal with new emotions, relationships and a discovery of her father’s mysterious notebook. “Proof” will run the weekends of Feb. 8-11 and Feb. 15-18.
The fourth and final show of the theatre season will be “Into the Woods,” which takes storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless and enchanting piece. The show will run on the weekends of April 12-15 and April 19-22.
RC Theatre performances are created by a variety of individuals on campus, from faculty and employees to students and alumni. Tickets for individual shows are $5 students, $12 for adults in advance, and $15 for adults at the door.
For more information on each production and to buy tickets, go to rc.edu/theatre.