Theater & Dance

December 6, 7, 8, 2012, 8 p.m. and December 9, 2012, 2 p.m.

Man of La Mancha

Written by Dale Wasserman
Music by Mitch Leigh
Lyrics by Joe Darion

One of the great classic plays of the American Musical Theater, Man of La Mancha resounds with the strength of the human spirit and the power of imagination to overcome despair. A down-on-his-luck author and actor, Miguel de Cervantes, has run afoul of the Spanish Inquisition. In a 16th century prison he is stripped of his possessions by a motley assortment of thieves, cutthroats, whores and misfits. As Cervantes mounts a brilliant theatrical defense to redeem one precious, uncompleted manuscript, the prisoners become characters from his novel—A transformative tale bursting with passion, hilarity, romance and courage, from which Cervantes conjures his inspired creation Don Quixote, a mad Knight on an even madder Quest: to make the world a better place.

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February 7, 8, 2013, 8 p.m. and February 9, 2013, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Lucia Mad

by Don Nigro

Told with haunting lyricism and crackling wit, the story of James Joyce’s beloved daughter Lucia traces the imagined course of her doomed love for the young writer Samuel Beckett, while investigating the relationship between love, madness, and the act of artistic creation. Although he adores his beautiful and gifted daughter, Joyce is unable to give her the attention she craves, because he is obsessed with the composition of his last great work in progress. When his young disciple Beckett appears and Lucia falls madly in love with him, Beckett is torn between compassion for her, reverence for her father, and terror of her bottomless need for love. Lucia retains both a sharp eye and her wicked sense of humor as she slips deeper into madness… Vivid characters collide in this intensely comic play, rendered in rich language and resonant with an eccentric, melancholy beauty.

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April 18, 19, 20, 2013, 8 p.m.

The Laramie Project

by Moisés Kaufman
and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project

In October 1998, the brutal death of a young gay man in Laramie, Wyoming, shocked the country and became a national symbol of intolerance. But for the people of this Western town, the event was deeply personal. In the aftermath of Matthew Shepard’s beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing him, Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project journeyed to Laramie over the following year, “listening to the citizens talk.” A breathtaking theatrical collage constructed from their interviews and the Tectonic’s own experiences, The Laramie Project creates a profoundly moving exploration of the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.

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May 3 & 4, 2013, 8 p.m.

A showcase by the Oberlin Dance Company

The Oberlin Dance Company treats you to a continuum of dance-making, exploring humor… and humanity. Quirky meets sensual as Bobby Wesner’s Neos Dance Theatre performs Lickety-Split, created by Hubbard Street choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo. And don’t miss the premieres of two new works by Wesner and Amy Miller (formerly of GroundWorks) set on ODC dancers, as well as the student original Retorno, an examination of emotional connection and codependence.

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Violin 2013 | Piano 2014
For young musicians ages 13 to 18
$10,000 first prize

Concerto-round performance with the Cleveland Orchestra. Competition is presented by the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Cleveland Orchestra and showcases the most promising young musicians from around the world. The competition provides more than $20,000 in prize money and concert engagements with orchestras in Beijing and Shanghai, China.

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