Robert Harper, LSUA’s Director of Theatre and Empty Space Players, has announced ESP’s 2014-2015 season. This season will include two award-winning plays, a production of Doubt, A Parable, by John Patrick Shanley, and God of Carnage, by Jasmina Reza. Also included in the season will be two annual Open Mic Nights, one for Halloween and one for Valentine’s Day.
Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play, Doubt, A Parable, by John Patrick Shanley examines a clash of philosophies and possible impropriety in New York in 1964: Father Flynn, a follower of Vatican II, clashes with his parochial school colleague Sister Aloysius, who insists that her students not be coddled. Events come to a head when Aloysius suspects Father Flynn of an inappropriate relationship with a student. The provocative drama not only asks the audience to ponder Father Flynn’s guilt or innocence, but also to consider the more fundamental question: What is Doubt?
“Sticks and stones can break my bones” … but when Benjamin hits Henry at a nearby park, it starts two sets of parents on a comically explosive downhill slide from political correctness to character assassination. In this universally acclaimed comedy by Jasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton, adults come together for a civilized evening of coffee, cake and conversation about their kids. But frayed nerves soon surface and the grownups begin to outdo their pugnacious children in bad behavior, disproving the notion that “words can never hurt me.” Winner of the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play, God of Carnage is a hilariously harrowing look at the minefield of modern marriage.
Ticket prices for the two plays are $10 – General admission; $5 – Students and Seniors. All productions are presented at the Richard Gwartney Theatre in the newly-named Mulder Hall (the MPAC building) in the rear of campus.
The Halloween Open Mic Night rises from the grave on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm. Empty Space Players invites all to bring their scariest, spookiest, creepiest, and most blood-curdling story, song, poem, monologue, mime, etc., and share them with us. We ask that the offerings are kept under 15 minutes. Come in costume if you like and help us get into the Halloween spirit. This event is free and open to students and the community. It promises to be a night of spine-tingling delight!
Tired of the same old run-of-the-mill Valentine’s Day date? Join us for the Valentine’s Open Mic Night on Friday, February 13, 2015, at 7:00 pm, for an evening idyllic and creative. Following the format from Halloween, and free and open to all, we ask you to bring your best material with a romantic theme and inspire us. And there should still be time afterwards for that candlelit dinner!
For more information, please contact Robert Harper at LSUA, 318-473-6473.