Virtual Programming Calendar
February 12-28, 2021, Streaming Virtually, On-Demand
THE CARE AND FEEDING OF SMALL ANIMALS by Brooke-Erin Smith
Sponsored by the UW Honor's College
Directed by Anne Mason; Assistant Directed by Isa Jackowich; Featuring Noelia Berkes and Peter Parolin
The “immediate, classic, and prophetic” story presents questions about the expectations placed upon future generations, about consent vs. control, and about the philosophical debate regarding predestination.
At the end of the world, two genetically engineered children (Berkes and Parolin) are entrusted with the survival of the human race. Held in a restricted campus, they grapple with their extreme responsibility while testing the boundaries of what they are and are not permitted to do as saviors of the world. The New Play Exchange reviewed THE CARE AND FEEDING OF SMALL ANIMALS as, “a tender, funny, endearing, horrifying, and thoroughly theatrical look at the systems that bind us, the terrible prospect of freedom, and the danger of malicious education. Smith's script conjures an entire vivid and grim world with nothing but two actors and its incredible, incredible language.”
When asked about the production’s all-star cast, director Anne Mason shared that she “could not imagine a better way to start off 2021 than by exploring the world of a new play with Peter Parolin and Noelia Berkes, two of my absolute favorite artistic collaborators. While rehearsals won't look or feel the same as they did when the three of us came together for I'M GONNA PRAY FOR YOU SO HARD by Halley Feiffer in 2018, I am certain that we will create a new, special kind of alchemy with Brooke-Erin Smith's THE CARE AND FEEDING OF SMALL ANIMALS. I trust that Peter, Noelia, and I - along with the phenomenal contributions of the entire artistic team - will invoke a beautiful story that inspires us all to become Masters of Imagination."
*Subscribers and Individual Ticket Buyers will receive a private viewing link for at-home streaming on February 12th that can be viewed at any time through February 28th.
March 4th, 7pm MST - Zoom Production
THE WASPS by Aristophanes
Adapted by Dr. Laura De Lozier
Directed by Noelia Berkes
Music Directed by Francesca Mintowt-Czyz
Music Composition by Noelia Berkes
Musical Arrangement by Tami Lippstreu
Academic Guidance, Historical Reference, and Dramaturgy by Dr. Laura De Lozier
Post-Show Discussion facilitated by Dr. Laura De Lozier
Featuring: Brik Berkes, Madison Blanchard, Chastity Brown, Sheree V. Campbell, Caro Coltman, Lem Grady, Greta Lambert, Caroline McBurney, and Cheri Vanden Heuvel, with virtual stage management by Sarah Kralovec
THE WASPS is a comedy by Aristophanes, and is considered by some to be one of the world’s great comedies. It pokes satirical fun at the Athenian demagogue Cleon and his power-base, the law courts, in a story about the old juror Philocleon who is addicted to his jury work and his child Bdelycleon’s ill-fated attempts to reform him. The Relative Theatrics production features original music, and is gender-bent with women playing the title roles, examining how we treat older people in our society, and the tension between the old and the new.
Supported in part by an award from the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Wyoming, and from the Wyoming Arts Council through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and by Wyoming Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In partnership with Western Nebraska Community College and the UW Classics program.
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*All 2020/21 Programming is supported in part by grants from the Wyoming Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Wyoming Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.