LOGAN – After a year of dark stages and virtual presentations due to the coronavirus, the Department of Theater Arts at Utah State University has announced a full show schedule for its 2021-2022 season.
The first big stage production of the season will be Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare in mid-October, following an unprecedented digital showcase produced by the lighting design and projection students of the department.
“Julius Caesar will involve each of our student actors, ”according to Richie Call, associate professor of theater. “So we decided not to put on a show in September that would compete for the casting.
“Instead, (Professor) Bruce Duerden is using this production niche as a way for his lighting and design students to essentially put on a cool light show. The idea is to show the things they’ve learned over the past year that don’t always show up in the shows we produce.
This technical program, entitled Introspection, will use a poem written by one of its designers as the source material. It will premiere at 7:30 p.m. on October 1 and 2 at the Caine Lyric Theater in downtown Logan.
The next USU performance will be the bard’s 1599 dramatization of Julius Caesar’s assassination and its aftermath from October 19-23 at the Morgan Theater on the university campus.
Julius Caesar is one of Shakespeare’s best-known works and is loved by directors for its flexibility in terms of schedule and costumes. This versatility was perhaps best demonstrated by a 1937 theatrical production directed by Orson Welles which drew parallels with the growing threat of European fascism at the time.
Julius Caesar will be chaired by USU professor Michael Shipley.
Next on the USU calendar will be Miss Bennet: Christmas in Pemberley, a 2016 feminist drama written by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon.
The play is a sequel to Jane Austin’s novel “Pride and Prejudice” which focuses on the efforts of Mary, middle sister Bennet, to define herself in a male-dominated society.
Miss Bennet: Christmas in Pemberley will be directed by Tarah Flanagan and staged December 2-8 at the Morgan Theater.
At the start of the spring semester, Moors will be chaired by Paul Mitri, the chair of the USU Theater Arts Department.
Written by Jen Silverman, Moors is a dark comedy that parodies the blurry line between eccentricity and madness when a pair of isolated sisters have too much time and imagination on their hands.
The play will be presented February 11-18 at the Caine Lyric Theater.
In early March, Professor Matt Omasta will lead Get closer to baby by Y. York.
Based on the award-winning novel for young adults by Audrey Couloumbis, Get closer to baby is a drama about two sisters who come to terms with the death of a brother.
Get closer to baby will take place March 2-4 at the Morgan Theater.
USU theatrical season to finally end with production of the musical Dolly Parton 9 to 5.
This show is based on the familiar 1980 film of the same name, with additional music and lyrics by Parton and a screenplay by Patricia Resnick.
9 to 5 will be directed by Valarie Rochelle and will take place April 15-23 at the Morgan Theater.
USU’s Department of Theater Arts will also be hosting three events in its series of play readings during the 2021-2022 academic year.
The first of these events will be a reading of Women by Chiara Atik, a comedy that puts a contemporary twist on the March sisters of Little woman.
This reading is scheduled for the Black Box Theater on the USU campus on October 29-30.
The subject of the other two coin reading events will be announced at a later date.