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Classic Theatre’s 10th Anniversary Season – 2017-2018 – What is Home?

How do we choose plays?

This past year, as Classic looked towards choosing shows for our 10th Anniversary celebration season, the Artistic Directors and Executive Director came together on a weekly basis to look at lists of classic plays we love: plays that are monumental in their time and that continue to be relevant. We looked at surveys from our patrons and input from previous Classic artists. We asked ourselves, “what are some of the best known classic plays that we have not done yet, that have something to say to our particular community today?” We read the plays, shared the plays, discussed the plays, and ultimately chose four of the plays that we felt were masterpieces that were relevant and would be exciting and engaging to our audiences. As we continued to discuss each play and how it connects to our community and ourselves, we found ourselves being drawn to the question of What is Home that each play explores in different ways. We then knew we had found our season – four plays of different genres (a madcap comedy, a modern tragedy, a Chicano coming-of-age drama, and a tragicomedy), each delving into one of the most important questions we will ever ask…

What is Home?

A Doll’s House (Henrik Ibsen) This “modern tragedy” written in 1879 changed theatre forever. It opened the door to realism. So explosive was the message that a marriage was not sacrosanct, that a man’s authority in his home should not go unchallenged, and that the prime duty of anyone was to find out who he or she really is and to become that person, that the play shocked audiences then and still resonates with them today. Sometimes the perfectly presented family and home are not what they seem… Sometimes finding your home means finding yourself first. Our production is set in 1950’s America. Think Mad Men.

 

 

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