The college theater season opens on Thursday, and Whitworth College kicks off the season in ambitious manner - with Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure.”
This is one of the Bard’s comedies, with plenty of amorous situations and mix-ups. However, it also has its dark side, one which director Diana Trotter, a Whitworth theater professor, hopes to explore.
“‘Measure for Measure’ is about the monster within,” Trotter said. “It’s about what happens when people’s idealism and absolute notions of morality collide with human nature.”
It takes place in Vienna, and it’s about an autocrat named Angelo who begins enforcing strict laws against immoral behavior. Angelo, as it turns out, is a supreme hypocrite. Trotter says the story parallels political culture in America today.
The show opens Thursday at 8 p.m. in the newly renovated Cowles Memorial Auditorium at Whitworth. It continues Oct. 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 22 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $5, $4 for students with ID, and are available by calling 466-3225.
A free colloquium on “Measure for Measure” will be presented Oct. 20 at Whitworth’s Music Recital Hall from 3:30 to 5 p.m. It will include scenes from the play and a panel discussion.
“The Madwoman of Chaillot”
Gonzaga University kicks off its theater season on Thursday with this Jean Giradoux classic, adapted by Maurice Valency.
This 1943 French satire is about a mad old countess who discovers there is evil in the world, and proceeds to do something about it. Her method for doing something about is both simple and satisfying. Let’s put it this way: It involves a stairway, but not a stairway to heaven.
The play is widely considered one of the most brilliant of satirical fantasies.
Sara Edlin-Marlowe of the Gonzaga theater faculty is the director.
The show opens Thursday at the Russell Theatre, and continues Oct. 20-21 and 26-28. All shows are at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7, $3 for seniors, students, and members of the Gonzaga community. Call 328-4220, ext. 3153 for tickets and information.
The Woodland Theatre in Kettle Falls opens this Neil Simon favorite Thursday.
This four-part collection of comic playlets is typical of Simon’s comedies: funny situations, wise-acre social commentary and lots of one-liners.
This is the fall production of this community theater in Stevens County. The directors are Lorinda Noble, Cheri Freeman, George Eberth and Marty Kittelson.
Lead roles are played by Kris Kittelson, Robert Simeone, Bud Evans, Tom Schwartz, Dave Jones, Diana Sheehan, Kathy Malcolm, Karen Heflick, Leslie Mann, Kris McKellar and Eva Ann Boeff.
The show opens Thursday and continues Oct. 20-22 and 26-28. All shows are at 8 p.m., except Sundays at 3 p.m. Opening night tickets are $5. All other tickets are $6 in advance, $8 at the door. Call (509) 684-8515 or (509) 738-2230.