Theatre Productions – Asbury University
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Note: Audience sizes will be limited to allow for social distancing. Productions will be livestreamed.
Audience members need to wear masks.

Fall 2020

3 PLAYS – 1 SHOW – 6 NIGHTS

Directed by Carol Anderson 

Oct 22-24, 7:30 p.m.
Oct 29-31, 7:30 p.m.

 

1. Tolkien’s Marriage

We all know JRR Tolkien wrote LOTR, but who was the woman who put up with this
genius at home?  It was Edith Bratt.  Come see the love (and frustrations) of this devoted couple as they age from 17 to 81.  Growing from orphans in love to presiding over a legacy of hobbits and elves.

Originally written and performed for the 2017 Inklings Conference

2. Breaking of the Bread

by William WatsonCivil War photo

Across the desolate clearing, two soldiers call cautiously, challengingly, back and forth. Mere boys and sole survivors of their respective companies, Rep and Yankee agree to a desperate bargain: A life for a loaf of bread! The foes will lay down their guns for the moment, sit down together, break the stale crust of bread and share it. Afterward, they will again take up their rifles and face each other across the clearing in a final showdown.     

3. What is Love? (Baby don’t hurt me)

by Bryce Hockema ’18, Zander Shores ’20, and Donny Black ’18

On the eve of her Pinterest-perfect wedding, Daisy’s fiance backs out.  To save the wedding, the two embark on a midnight scavenger hunt through the forests of …. Arden?  

Nope, Gatlinburg!  

An absurdist romp that examines the millennial fear:  “If you really knew me, you might not love me.”

Originally written and performed for FamilyLife’s 2018 “Love Like You Mean It” marriage cruise. 

 

Mockingbird

Adapted by Julie Jensen
From the National Book Award-winning novel by Kathryn Erskine

Directed by Morgan Owen ’21

Nov. 5-7, 7:30 p.m.
Nov 7, 2 p.m. matinee

Tickets are now on sale for in-person tickets. There is a 50-seat maximum per night.

Caitlin is an 11-year-old girl on the autism spectrum. Not all things make sense to her. Emotions are mysterious and voices are almost always too loud. Suddenly, she must grapple with the unthinkable: a mass shooting has taken her brother away. He was the one person who helped her cope. Now she is alone with her grieving father and a cacophony of children at school. She struggles to understand empathy, what facial expressions mean and why a drawing might have more than one color. We see the world from Caitlin’s point of view. We struggle as she does. We also take comfort in the times when she finds a friend, draws a multicolored mockingbird and can finally cry for her brother.

Friday Night Live

Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m.

Sketch comedy written by students for students. A beloved tradition you can’t miss!

 

It’s a Wonderful Life Live Radio Play

by Joe Landry

Directed by Carol Anderson

Livestreaming dates TBA (late November)

The beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

 

Coming Spring 2021

Take No Prisoners!

Directed by Carol Anderson

An epic tale of adventure. Videogame characters are waking up!  Wondering why they’re here – and who the heck made them. Sword fights and skater punk music are the backdrop for this tale of revenge love, and oh …. just the very fabric of reality – that’s all.