Hendrix Theatre & Dance Opens 2013-2014 Season

Walleroo News Release Image # 1CONWAY, Ark. (September 20, 2013) – The Hendrix College Department of Theatre Arts and Dance will kick off its 2013-2014 performance season on Friday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. in Cabe Theatre, when the Hendrix Players present Lost My Shoe to a Wallaroo, a new play written by Judy Baker Goss. Seating is first come, first served. 

Perfect for everyone in the family, children in grades K-3 are the target for morning matinees of Lost My Shoe to a Wallaroo offered for local elementary schools at no charge. The Hendrix Department of Theatre Arts and Dance has been arranging these matinees for three years. For more information regarding these matinees, please contact Hendrix theatre professor Ann Muse at 501-450-1369.

Goss is a 1970 Hendrix graduate and the daughter of the late Hendrix sociology professor Ferris Baker. She received her master’s degree in oral interpretation of literature from the University of Texas in Austin. Her adaptation of Eudora Welty’s “Lily Daw and the Three Ladies” was published shortly afterwards in Group Performance of Literature (Long, Hudson & Jeffrey). After directing theatre at the Southeast Arkansas Arts & Science Center, she taught creative dramatics and poetry writing as an Artist-in-Education in Little Rock. She earned master’s degree in secondary education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and taught drama and creative writing at Parkview Arts Magnet High School. At Parkview, she sponsored the literary magazine, which fueled her desire to write plays. Over a decade and several scripts later, she wrote “T.O.T. for A.Y.P, or the Certifiable Teacher” and retired from teaching. Her playwriting was encouraged by awards for early one-acts and an Arkansas Arts Council Fellowship. Goss participated in the playwrights’ workshops at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference in 2009, 2010 and 2012.

Cast:


James Baxter ’15


Bennett Chapple ’14


Taylor Foreman ’16


Kasey Hodges ’14


Kelsey Kelly ’17


Jackie Oakley ’17


Allison Price ’17


Rebecca Seal ’17


Ryan Ware ’


Bridget Yelk ’17


Lighting Design: Abigail Garcia Lucas ’14


Sound Design: Andrew Jordan ’16


Production Stage Manager: Rebecca Bongiorno ’14


Assistant Stage Managers: Lexi Adams ’17 and Bonnie Nolan ’17


Light Board Operator: Robert Durante ’15


Sound Board Operator: Kelsey Williams ’17


Poster Designer: Travis Howk ’17


The Hendrix Dance Ensemble presents Turning Inward   

Hendrix Dance Professor Brigitte Rogers choreographs Turning Inward for the Hendrix Dance Ensemble. Turning Inward performances are Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12, in Reves Recital Hall.  Curtain each evening is 7:30 pm. There is also a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.

The piece’s inspiration is a quotation from William Hazlitt: "Just as much as we see in others we have in ourselves." The dancers have composed monologues inspired by the quotation. John Coltrane’s “Love Supreme” will accompany the dancers. In the composition, Coltrane is contemplating his life. The ensemble takes the same approach by creating movement that speaks to the individual dancers, the ensemble and the audience. Stylistically, the movement is contemporary with a jazz flavor.

“I guess it’s an abstract look into a person’s spirit/soul and how that transcends through our daily lives,” said Rogers.

More 2013-2014 Hendrix Theatre Arts and Dance Performances:

Visiting Murphy Director Daniel Stein directs his play Still. Going Forward Backward

World renowned theatre artist Daniel Stein is this year’s Visiting Murphy Director. Stein will direct a student production of his play Still. Going Forward Backward.  Stein is the head of movement and physical theatre at Brown University/ Trinity Repertory Theatre MFA Acting Program. Daniel performs throughout the world in his one man shows. 

The production runs Wednesday, Nov. 13 – Friday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. in Cabe Theatre. For more information, call 501-450-1343.

Visiting Murphy Director Wayne A. Chapmen directs NINE

Wayne A. Chapman will direct Nine by Jane Shepard in January.  The play which contains strong language and subject matter will be in Staples. Dates for the play are Friday, January 30 and Saturday February 1.  Curtain each evening is 7:30 pm.  On Saturday there is a matinee at 2:00 pm.  Chapman is a Visiting Theatre Director sponsored by Murphy Foundation for Literature and Language.  Former professor of Theatre Arts at UALR, he has directed and acted in theatre and film across the country. 

Brightfield

In spring 2014, Hendrix will produce a world premiere of Brightfield, a commissioned play by Lee Blessing. 

A group of people wake on an island in the Southern United States. Eventually it is clear that they are part of an experiment in regenerative gene therapy and nanotechnology. The scientists and the benefactors of the experiment are entangled in the participants’ denial and confusion and eventually threats to approach the media.

An acclaimed playwright, Blessing's plays have premiered at the Manhattan Theatre Club, the La Jolla Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theater and the Actors Theater of Louisville among others and has been performed at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference in six different summers. His plays have been nominated for Tony and Olivier Awards, as well as the Pulitzer Prize, and have won the American Theater Critics Award and the George and Elisabeth Marton Award. Eleemosynary won the 1997 L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award. Blessing has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Guggenheim, Bush, McKnight and Jerome Foundations, and Heinemann has published two collections of his plays.

Hendrix Dance Ensemble Spring Concert

The spring Hendrix Dance Ensemble concert will be Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5, 2014 in Staples Auditorium.  Curtain for each performance is at 7:30 pm.  The concert features choreography from students and faculty. 

The Contemporary American Theatre Project

For their senior seminar,  graduating theatre arts majors create a company and produce a play. The 2014 Senior Seminar launches The Contemporary American Theatre Project which will feature American playwrights. The dates are Thursday through Saturday, April 24 – 26, 2014.  Curtains for Thursday and Friday performances are at 7:30 pm and the curtain for Saturday’s performance is at 2 p.m.

For more information about the Hendrix Department of Theatre Art and Dance, contact the Cabe Theatre Box Office 501-450-1369 or theatre professor Ann Muse at muse@hendrix.edu and follow Hendrix Players on Facebook and Twitter.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country’s best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.


Image information:
Students Allison Price, Bennett Chappell, Jackie Oakley, and Taylor Foreman during a rehearsal of Lost my Shoe to a Wallaroo.