September 13, 2016
Coming into the 2016-17 season, Blinn College – Bryan campus Theatre Director Greg Wise could count on one hand the number of plays his students had performed over the previous six years that were penned by female playwrights.
The upcoming season will change that, with productions set to showcase not only the range and skill of Blinn’s theatre students, but also the insight and thoughtfulness of the world’s foremost female playwrights.
“I wanted to shed some light on the diversity of female playwrights and what they bring,” Wise said. “Writers write about things that they know, things they imagine, things they are passionate about, and I think what we see in these plays are female characters carrying the onus of transformation, whereas often the chief protagonist is male. I think these women flip that coin and that makes the experience much more diverse and unique.”
The season begins with the longest continually running play in history, Agatha Christie’s murder mystery “The Mousetrap,” Oct. 13-16.
On Saturday, Nov. 19, and Sunday, Nov. 20, current and former theatre students from Blinn’s Bryan and Brenham campuses will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its Theatre Arts Program with “Glitter and Gold! 50 Years of Theatre” at the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center on the Blinn-Brenham campus (map).
Quiara Alegria Hudes’ Pulitzer Prize-winning “Water by the Spoonful” runs Feb. 16-19 and tells the story of a Marine veteran who searches for community after serving in Iraq. “These Shining Lives” by Melanie Marnich runs April 27-30 and is based on the true story of four women who suffered radium poisoning while working in a watch factory in the 1920s.
“It’s a very diverse season with a classic ‘whodunit’ murder mystery, a docudrama based on real events, a modern play about the effects of warfare, addiction and relationships, and a surrealistic comedy that examines modern technology and its effect on our lives,” Wise said.
Friday performances will be followed by “Friday Night Talkbacks,” in which the director and actors return to the stage to discuss the production and answer questions from the audience.
Wise will direct “The Mousetrap” and “Water by the Spoonful,” while drama professor Jean Daniels will direct “These Shining Lives.” “Water by the Spoonful” contains adult language and themes.
“The Mousetrap,” “Water by the Spoonful” and “These Shining Lives” will be hosted in the Blinn-Bryan campus Student Center Theatre (map). Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. for Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows, and 2 p.m. for Sunday performances.
Individual performances are $5 for students and $10 for the general public, while season subscriptions are $12 for students, faculty, and staff, and $20 for the general public.
Seating is first-come, first-served. Tickets can be purchased at www.blinn.edu/vpa/bryan-schedule.html. For questions regarding ticket reservations, call 979-209-8100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets will also be available at the door.