The 2013 - 2014 Performing Arts Season Schedule
All performances begin at 8:00 P.M. The Belmont Abbey College Performing
Arts Theatre is located in the Haid building.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Written by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice
September 26, 27, 28
and October 3, 4, 5
The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father's favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso, to bubble-gum pop and rock ‘n’ roll, the Old Testament tale emerges as both timely and timeless.
The Seventh Annual 24-hour Theatre Project
At 8:00 P.M. on October 11, playwrights will be locked into the Haid Theatre and handed a photographic “prompt” for inspiration. Their goal? To complete a one-act play by 8:00 A.M. on October 12! By 9:00 that morning the plays are in the hands of directors and actors, and by 8:00 that night, they're on the Haid stage. This annual event has become an Abbey Players tradition, and is completely in the hands of our students. If you are interested in participating as an actor, technician, director or writer, please come on out for it --- it's a guaranteed blast!
Freud's Last Session
Written by Mark St. Germain
November 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 ,23
Freud's Last Session centers on legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud who invites the young, rising Oxford Don C.S. Lewis to his home in London. On the day England enters World War Two, Freud and Lewis clash about love, sex, the existence of God, and the meaning of life, just weeks before Freud took his own life. Freud's Last Session is a deeply touching play filled with humor and exploring the minds, hearts and souls of two brilliant men addressing the greatest questions of all time.
“Delightful! A brainy fencing match of Olympic caliber.”- Bloomberg News
“It's a sharp, lively discourse, and audience members searching for engaging debate will be pleased…Mark St. Germain's script is astute, and the humor is plentiful.” - The New York Times
“A gem…great theatre…intellectually thrilling with both humor and insight in abundance…the kind of nuance that breathes life into history.” - NY 1
“…lively, plausible and provocative…dynamic, often comical.” - Associated Press
“Riveting theatre! In Freud's Last Session, Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis engage in a battle of wits that is exciting and thought-provoking…their extraordinary debate comes alive [in] Mark St. Germain's crisp, carefully calibrated script. Freud's Last Session is a theatrical and intellectual delight.” - Huffington Post
“…a juicy intellectual debate between two great minds…food for thought.” - New York Post
“The play takes on an irresistible intensity.” - TheaterMania.com
“Bracing theater! Intractably analytical and amusingly conversational…wittily and compassionately dramatized clash of personalities and ideologies.” - CurtainUp
Written by David Edgar
February 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22
A fresco similar to The Lamentation by Giotto that will revolutionize Western Art if proved to pre date the master's work is unearthed in an abandoned church in Eastern Europe. The discovery causes a dramatic struggle as representatives from the worlds of art history, religion, and politics stake their claims for the ultimate prize. The unexpected arrival of twelve refugees sets events spiraling toward an explosive climax. This powerful play by the Tony Award winning adaptor of Nicholas Nickleby and author of numerous plays won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play of 1995.
“One of those rare works that makes you want to climb on to roof tops to shout about its merits… Funny, frightening and deeply moving.” - Daily Telegraph
“Cuts to the heart in a smashing ideological epic.” - The New York Times
“Never boring.” - The New York Times
“This is the meatiest new drama I have seen since Stoppard's Arcadia, which is, come to think of it, the only new play I have seen in the past decade whose rigor and historical depth meaningfully compare with Pentecost's.” - Jonathan Kalb, The Village Voice
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Written by William Shakespeare
April 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12
The 2013-2014 Shakespeare Series production is perhaps the Bard's most beloved comedy. As Theseus, Duke of Athens, prepares to wed Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, the woods around the city begin to fill with quarreling faery folk, star-crossed lovers suffering from magic spells, and a troupe of local “actors” determined to present the worst play ever written as entertainment at the wedding!