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The Bald Soprano

Nov. 2 through Nov. 3: A 24-Hour The Bald Soprano
By Eugene Ionesco
Directed by Visiting Director Madi Distefano
Friday at 8:00 pm through Saturday at 8:00 pm
Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center/
Black Box Studio Theater
Tickets: $5 general admission / $2 students & senior citizens

Six actors. Twenty-four performances. No breaks. NO KIDDING! You may have heard of Eugene Ionesco's The Bald Soprano, a biting satire of British social conventions which finds the Smiths and Martins, the Maid and Fire Chief trapped in routines of mindless manners and non-stop begins the action all over again, having substituted the Martins for the Smiths and the Smiths for the Martins. Philadelphia’s acclaimed Brat Productions partners with Ursinus College Theater to transform the continuous-loop concept into a night-and-day come-and-go spectacle with A 24-Hour THE BALD SOPRANO. Ionesco’s hour-long absurd comedy is repeated every hour on the hour. This unique take on Ionesco’s classic tests the mental and physical fortitude of every performer in this spectacle of metaphysical nonsense, suburban banality and sleep deprivation.
So grab some coffee. Grab a Red Bull. Grab a pillow, because the production starts at 8pm on Friday, November 2nd and finishes at 8pm on Saturday November 3rd!

J.B.

Oct. 3 – 6:  J.B.
by Archibald MacLeish
Directed by Professor Domenick Scudera
Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm
Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center/
Lenfest Theater
Tickets: $5 general admission / $2 students
& senior citizens
Info and reservations: 610-409-3795

J.B. is a modern re-telling of the story of Job, a play in free verse by American poet and playwright Archibald MacLeish. J.B. won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and

I Hate Hamlet

Mar. 28  – Mar 31: I Hate Hamlet
By Paul Rudnick
Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm
Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center/ Black Box Theater

In I Hate Hamlet, the character, Andrew Rally, plays a TV actor who has just been offered the stage role of Hamlet. While this is a stage actor's dream role, he cannot decide whether or not he wants a  stage career or a television career. It  just so happens that he is living in an apartment once occupied by the great American actor, John Barrymore, whose own version of Hamlet made a splash both in New York and London. Things get a little weird and lots of fun, when Barrymore, as a ghost, of course, pays a series of visits to Rally, in an attempt to convince him to play the part and eschew selling out.  

A Bright Swarm of Beetles

Feb. 22 – 25: A Bright Swarm of Beetles
By Don Zolidis
Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm
Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center / Lenfest Theater

This world-premiere production, written by Ursinus professor and professional playwright Don Zolidis and directed by theater professor Domenick Scudera, is based on the real-life career of one of the greatest writers of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Bulgakov. From his beginnings in the Red revolution as a nearly homeless opium addict, to the dizzying heights of literary stardom, to destitution again when his work is denounced and banned, to a final chance at redemption or collaboration with the sinister dictator, Joseph Stalin, this play is a wild, fast-paced journey.

Funny as a Crutch

Nov. 2 – 5, 2011
Funny as a Crutch by Rich Orloff
Directed by Visiting Professor Neill Hartley
Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center/Black Box Studio Theater
Funny as a Crutch
is a series of nine totally accessible comedy sketches. The sketches skewer stereotypes, archetypes, prejudices and assumptions both towards and within the disabled community. It’s about people with disabilities trying to make their way through their world, despite the rest of us.   Beginning with  the unlikely story of the first disabled settlers at Plymouth Rock and ending with the fractured fairy tale of Cripperella, Funny as a Crutch looks at issues that much of the public seems to ignore and brings them to the forefront in a very humorous way.

Death Knocks

Director: Domenick Scudera
Date:
Mar. 30 – Apr 2, 2011
Location:
Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center - Blackbox Studio Theater
Comedy writer Woody Allen is at his existential best with these hilarious, irreverent one-act plays that deal with the meaning of life, death, God and the universe.

God

Director: Domenick Scudera
Date:
Mar. 30 – Apr 2, 2011
Location:
Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center - Blackbox Studio Theater
Comedy writer Woody Allen is at his existential best with these hilarious, irreverent one-act plays that deal with the meaning of life, death, God and the universe.

Playing Favorites

Director: Bobbi Block
Date:
Feb. 23 – 26, 2011
Location:
Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center - Blackbox Studio Theater
Bobbi Block, Founder and Artistic Director of Tongue & Groove a reality-based, serio-comic spontaneous theatre company directed Ursinus students in a comical improvisational theater production!

 

William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice

Director:  Beverly Redman
Location: Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center - Lenfest Theater
November 17 - 20, 2010
William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice mixes comedy and drama to explore just how much we struggle to know both ourselves and each other. It represents the best love and the worst hatred human beings perform, all the while speculating on whether or not any actions are derived from inherent traits. 

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST BY DALE WASSERMAN BASED ON THE NOVEL BY KEN KESEY

Producer and Director: Domenick Scudera
Photography: Jim Roese
Location: Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center in the Blackbox Studio Theater
October 6 - 9, 2010



The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance

Producer and Director: Domenick Scudera
Photography: Jim Roese
Location: Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center in the Blackbox Studio Theater
March 24-27, 2010



The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Director: Beverly Redman
Photography: Jim Roese
Location: Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center in the Lenfest Theater
February 24-27, 2010



Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin

Director: Beverly Redman
Photography: Jim Roese
Location: Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center in the Blackbox Studio Theater
November 4-7, 2009

 

 

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde original script by T.R. Sullivan based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Producer and Director: Domenick Scudera
Photography: Jim Roese
Location: Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center in the Lenfest Theater
October 7-10, 2009

 



The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, newly adapted by Wendy Kessleman

Producer and Director: Domenick Scudera
Photography: Jim Roese
Location: Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center in the Lenfest Theater
February 25-28, 2009

 



Raised in Captivity by Nicky Silver

 Director: Beverly Redman
Photography: Jim Roese
Location: Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center in the Blackbox Studio Theater
March 8-11, 2009



The Adding Machine by Elmer Rice

Director: Domenick Scudera
Photography: Jim Roese
Location: Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center in the Blackbox Studio Theater
November 12-15, 2008



Sexual Perversity in Chicago by David Mamet

Director: Beverly Redman
Photography: Jim Roese
Location: Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center in the Blackbox Studio Theater
October 1-4, 2008



Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel

Director: Beverly Redman
Photography: Jim Roese
Location: Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center in the Lenfest Theater
March 9-12, 2008



The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard

Director: Neill Hartley
Photography: Jim Roese
Location: Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center in the Blackbox Studio Theater
February 27-29 & March 1, 2008



A Bright Room Called Day by Tony Kushner

Director: Beverly Redman
Photography: Jim Roese
Location: Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center in the Blackbox Studio Theater
November 7-10, 2007



Gilgamesh: A Stage Adapatation of the Ancient Sumerian Epic by Domenick Scudera

Producer and Director: Domenick Scudera
Photography: Jim Roese
Location: Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center in the Lenfest Theater
October 3-6, 2007



The Sisters Rosensweig by Wendy Wasserstein

Director: Beverly Redman
Photography: Jim Roese
Location: Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center in the Lenfest Theater
November 8-11, 2007



The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman and the Members of the Tectonic Theater

Director: Domenick Scudera
Photography: Jim Roese
Location: Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center in the Lenfest Theater
February 21-24, 2007



Seeing Double by The San Francisco Mime Troupe

Director: Beverly Redman
Photography: Jim Roese
Location: Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center in the Blackbox Studio Theater
March 28-31, 2006



Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare

Director: Domenick Scudera
Photography: Jim Roese
Location: Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center in the Blackbox Studio Theater
October 4-7, 2006




Waiting for Lefty by Clifford Odets
Director: Neill Hartley
Photography: Jim Roese
Location: Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center in the Blackbox Studio Theater
March 1-4, 2006