Invited Productions and Awardees

Congratulations to our Region 2 Festival 47 Invited Productions

January 3rd
9:30 and 2:30 Allen Theater
Slippery Rock University
Anima, a fragile graduate student, played by is surrounded by dysfunctional family and relationships and has lost her father, her heart and her self. When her new, sweet, camera obsessed roommate Christa, shows up, things change for Anima. Never in her life has Anima had someone that takes care of her the way that Christa does. The roommates quickly become best friends and Anima’s feelings towards Christa awaken something much deeper. Anima, tells a story of her journey as she is trying to work through her challenges to resurrect her faith in self and the world. As this play of magical realism unravels, Anima and Christa are joined by Susan the plant, a particularly malevolent statue of the Virgin Mary and a journey of self-discovery, self-acceptance and forgiveness that we can all relate to in our own lives.

The Adding Machine
8:00:00 PM, Ohio Theater
University of Toledo
Elmer Rice’s renowned Expressionist play follows Mr. Zero, a man who has lived “inside the box” for his entire life.  Like an automaton, Zero is programmed to respond to what others think of him and has never taken responsibility for any action.  His first spontaneous expression is the murder of his boss upon being laid off after twenty-five years of working in the same office.  The play follows him through life, death and beyond, and is a cynically comical reflection on humanity’s habit of repeating the same mistakes time and time again.

January 4th
Low Level Panic
9:30 and 2:30, Allen Theater
Alvernia University
London. Now.  Three young women who share a flat get ready for a party.  We enter their lives, their thoughts, and their relationships.  We see how a “porn culture” influences the way they are seen and how they see themselves.  For mature audiences – adult language, depiction of suggested sexual violence, frank discussion of sexuality.  Playing time: 75-80 minutes with no intermission.

8:00:00 PM Ohio Theater
Albright College
At last year’s KCACTF Region 2 Festival, audiences witnessed the tragic outcome to a lethal love-triangle at the center of Vortex: Queen Mira and her pernicious lover were dead; the Kingdom was in shock, and a grief-striken King Ubu was left to raise his beloved Queen’s love child, the Princes Charlotte, all by himself.  It is less then a year later as the curtain rises on Maelstrom — the bereft King Ubu enlists his faithful house staff to help remove all traces of his fallen wife from the palace in order to protect Charlotte from the painful truth of her identity.  Time then leaps sixteen years to the eve of Charlotte’s betrothal to the most worthy prince. But, will history repeat itself? Can we ever truly succeed at removing all traces of our past? Will Charlotte and Ubu be saved by the power of love and forgiveness, or will they be swept into the raging currents of the maelstrom?  There are the questions that fuel the growing storm of secrets that now threaten to destroy everything in tonight’s episode. Join us as Albright College presents the third and final installment in their award-winning UBU SAGA — a story told by movement and music alone.

January 5th
9:30 and 2:30 Allen Theater
The premise is simple.  Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons restaurant.  A blending of fact and fiction over a taunt 90 minutes of what occurred iin the creation of those murlas is what this play is about.  You are invited into that famed Bowery Street Studio space in New York City, which Rothko rented specifically to create these murals.  While painting, Rothko, Ken (his assistant) and we the audience will explore a range of ideas about art, life love death and faith.

Grove City College
Last Days of Judas Iscariot
8:00:00 PM Ohio Theater
Carroll Community College
Set in a time-bending, darkly comic world between heaven and hell, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot reexamines the plight and fate of the New Testament’s most infamous and unexplained sinner.  A purgatory defense attorney wants to get Judas Iscariot out of hell.  The epic trial that follows raises poignant question about humankind’s relationship with religion as testimony is received from witnesses that include Mother Theresa, Sigmund Freud, Pontius Pilate, and Satan.  Filled with the poetry of “lowdown street talk,…” this play “presents dilemmas of ancient Galilee in terms winningly accessible to the twenty-first century.”  This play is an “expressionistic fantasy,” with “raw language and flamboyantly street-savvy characters.”  We hope you will attend and enjoy Carroll Community College’s production of this exciting play.

January 6th
Vanishing Point
9:30 and 2:30 Allen Theater, George Washington University
Vanishing Point explores the interior and exterior life of Diana, a nineteen-year-old girl living in South Australia. She struggles with the question tormenting many young people today: How do you learn to be comfortable in your own body? Living with a demanding father, a mother who dabbles in charismatic religion, and a brother with Down syndrome, Diana feels pressured to be the family savior, to be “perfect.” In her need to control something in her life, she retreats into the self-destructive world of anorexia and bulimia. The play takes us on Diana’s journey into a place of healing and hope. Jeri Kroll’s rich, evocative language enables us to examine difficult situations without looking away. Vanishing Point has evolved through workshops and staged readings over the past four years, during which time Roy Barber’s original music has been added to Leslie Jacobson’s stage adaptation. The result of this process, Vanishing Point onstage, seems to exist at the intersection of acting, musical theatre, movement, and language.

The Dybbuk
2:00:00 PM Ohio Theater
Cleveland State University
The Dybbuk. Written by S. Ansky and directed by Dr. Michael Mauldin, The Dybbuk tells the terrifying tale of a young bride possessed by a dybbuk —a malicious possessing spirit, believed to be the dislocated soul of a person  taken before their time— on the eve of her wedding.

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