Theatre at Mary Baldwin2017-18 season
The Mary Baldwin University 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 Mary Baldwin 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.
By John Cariani
Directed by J.P. Scheidler
Welcome to the town of Almost, Maine — almost in Canada — where, while watching the Northern Lights, the town’s inhabitants discover love can be found, lost, or even just confused in often unexpected and funny ways in what The New York Post called Thornton Wilder crossed with “The Twilight Zone.”
November 10–12 and 15–19
H.M.S. Pinafore or The Lass That Loved a Sailor
By Gilbert & Sullivan
Directed by Terry Southerington
With their usual delightful music and silly plots, Pinafore is classic G&S and one of their most popular. The captain’s daughter Josephine is sought in marriage by none other than Sir Joseph Porter, 1st Lord of the Admiralty, but she loves the low born Ralph Rackstraw. When Sir Joseph arrives with his “sisters and his cousins and his aunts,” and the lovers’ elopement is foiled by Dick Deadeye, can the former nanny Little Buttercup save the day?
By David Adjmi
Directed by Doreen Bechtol
Adjmi’s play takes an entertainingly humorous look at the extravagant confection of a French queen who eventually falls prey to the country’s revolutionary call for liberté, égalité, fraternité!
Directed by Justin Guidroz
By Sophie Treadwell
Directed by Molly Seremet
This 1928 expressionist masterpiece is loosely based on the salacious true crime story of Ruth Snyder, an unhappily married woman executed for murdering her husband with the help of her lover. This dark ensemble-driven drama focuses of the plight of a young woman caught up in the cogs of societal repression, patriarchy, and dependence, yearning for freedom on her own terms (at any costs). This dream-like abstract gem feels as uncannily prescient and relatable as it did at its premiere, just a few months after Snyder’s execution.