Eureka College announces theater season

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

The Eureka College Theater Department has announced its productions for the 2012-2013 academic year.

First up will be the comedy “The Man Who Came to Dinner” by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9-13 and 2 p.m. Oct. 14 in Pritchard Theatre.

Eureka College theater professor Holly Rocke will direct.

Set in a small town in Ohio in the 1930s in the weeks leading to Christmas, the play centers on notoriously acerbic radio personality Sheridan Whiteside of New York City.

After he is invited to dine at the home of wealthy factory owner Ernest W. Stanley, Whiteside slips on the icy front porch and injures his hip.

His resulting indefinite stay in the Stanley home has Whiteside meddling in the affairs of the family and their acquaintances.

The play was made into a 1942 film starring Bette Davis.

The drama “A Kind of Alaska” by Harold Pinter will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13-17 and 2 p.m. Nov. 18 in Pritchard Theatre.

The guest director will be Rhys Lovell of Normal, who has acted and directed locally and in Chicago.

The play centers on a middle-aged woman named Deborah who has been in a comatose state for 30 years as a result of sleeping sickness.

She awakens with a mind of a16-year-old and must cope with her current situation and her body, which has aged without her awareness.

Her sister and her sister’s husband, who has been Deborah’s doctor over the years and who may have fallen in love with her, attempt to ease her back to reality.

The play is based on neurologist Oliver Sack’s book “Awakenings,” which describes his experiences using the drug L-Dopa on post-encephalitic patients.

The book was made into a 1990 Oscar-nominated film, “Awakenings” starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams.

Capping the season will be the musical “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson” at 7:30 p.m. April 9-13 in Pritchard Theatre.

The music and lyrics are by Michael Friedman and the book is by Alex Timbers.

Eureka College assistant professor of theater Marty Lynch will direct.

The comedic rock musical is set in the Wild West and recounts the founding of the Democratic Party.

It redefines the seventh U.S. President as a rock star and focuses on populism, the Indian Removal Act and Jackson’s relationship with his wife, Rachel.

The play, which includes adult language and situations, is not based on historical fact, which will be discussed as part of each performance.

The play received the Outer Critics Circle Award for the 2010 Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical and the Drama Desk Award for the 2010 Outstanding Book of a Musical.

 Tickets for the productions are $5.

For reservations call the box office at 467-6363.