Childhood memories. Family vacations. Come laugh, come cry, come be reminded of your family road trips as the Department of Theatre Arts presents LEAVING IOWA, a warm-hearted tribute to the classic family road trip.
LEAVING IOWA is the story of Don Browning, a middle-aged writer who returns home to take care of his father's final wishes. Along the way, his memories of family road trips come to life as he travels cross-country to scatter his father's ashes. Don's journey leads him to reconcile his past and present in the heart of the Midwest, and discover that the journey is often more important than the destination and that laughter is the best medicine for pain and loss.
LEAVING IOWA is a postcard to anyone who has ever been found driving alone on a road, revisiting fond, youthful memories – memories that bring more smiles than tears.
Young Playwrights on the Verge is an opportunity for the students of THEA 350 to share their final exam with the public, have audience interaction, and receive feedback about the plays. These students have worked all semester writing their original plays, so join these young playwrights as their plays are heard on stage for the first time!
The story of THE MERRY WIDOW is an opera that centers on a beautiful young widow, Hanna Glavari, who has recently lost her elderly, extremely wealthy husband. Her money, banked in the national bank of Pontevedro (a small fictitious European country), is responsible for sustaining the country’s economic stability. Baron Zeta, the ambassador to Paris, is concerned that Madam Glavari will marry a foreigner and this money would leave their small country, destroying its fragile economy. He calls on Danilo, a handsome young man that works at the embassy, to prevent Hanna from marrying any of the foreigners that are eagerly pursuing her. Obviously, the stage is set for hilarious comedy and a few unexpected surprises along the way.
Hamlet, the young prince of Denmark is grieving the loss of his recently deceased father and the marriage of his mother to the King’s brother, Claudius. Soon after, Hamlet is visited by the ghost of his father who reveals that he was indeed murdered by his brother Claudius for the throne. This prompts the prince to craft a plan of revenge which eventually spirals towards a tragic climax.
Hamlet, perhaps Shakespeare’s most famous work has become a staple of world literature over the last 400 years and through this innovative promenade-style production, audiences will be able to experience this classic in fresh and exciting way. Audiences should expect to move with the action of the play throughout various playing spaces; seating will vary scene to scene. This production will feature Liberty University Theatre faculty and alumni as well as current students.