Center for the Arts, in collaboration with theatre alumni and current students and Domino Players, will present Stars of the Albright Stage, an Alumni Theatre Festival, Sept. 1 to 3, in Albright’s Wachovia Theatre. The festival is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted at the door to benefit Albright’s theatre endowment.
The three-day festival offers provocative and exciting works that challenge assumptions about life, love and the cosmos. Performances of Stars of the Albright Stage, will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 1 and 3, at 8 p.m., and on Sunday, Sept. 3, at 2 p.m.
Friday, September 1 at 8pm - The Last Emperor of Mexico
The Last Emperor of Mexico by 2004 alumnus Chris Davis; directed by Mary Tuomanen. Maximilian I has recently been declared the Emperor of Mexico by Napoleon III, but his administration soon comes under attack by the revolutionary Benito Juarez. Maximilian is confronted with a great dilemma – to shave his beard or die by firing squad. Find out what happens in this one-man show noted as “hilarious,” by Broad St. Review, with “a strikingly original writer and performer,” The Scotsman.
Saturday, September 2 at 8pm - She Gon' Learn
She Gon’ Learn by 1997 alumna Lisa Strum; directed by Christopher Burris. Lisa is a single woman looking for love in all the wrong places. With sass, poetry, mother wit, memories of a school girl crush and a distant father, the curiosity of her childhood, a string of bad dates and one defining relationship that will expose her to life’s hardest lessons, She Gon’ Learn weaves together a comic and poignant tale of how one woman’s search for true love leads to a journey of self-discovery and acceptance. (For mature audiences only)
Sunday, September 3 at 2pm - Constellations
Constellations by Nick Payne, directed by 1985 alumnus and Albright senior artist-in-residence Jeffrey Lentz. Featuring rising juniors Natalie Torpey and Connor McLaughlin in collaboration with faculty members, Cocol Bernal and Wayne Vettleson, this production asks, can one word alter the course of your life? Science and romance collide in a dizzying fugue of vignettes as we watch Marianne and Roland’s relationship unfold across time and space, with each variation sending their relationship on an entirely new trajectory, raising questions about the difference between choice and destiny.
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