Invited Productions and Awardees 2017-05-28T07:43:49+00:00

Region 2 Festival 49 Invited Productions

The Long Christmas Ride Home

Written by Paula Vogel
Directed by Charlie DelMarcelle

West Chester University
Wednesday, January 4th
9:30 am & 2:30 pm

Time becomes fluid and ghosts walk among us on a snowy Christmas Eve. This dark, beautiful play celebrates our need for connection while exploring the potential costs of our choices. Combining elements of Japanese theatre with contemporary storytelling techniques, the play will feature hand-made puppets and a haunting original score played live by the ensemble. The Long Christmas Ride Home is an unforgettable study of an American family careening near the edge of oblivion.

anOTHER

Written by J. Julian Christopher
Directed by J. Julian Christopher

Queensborough Community College
Wednesday, January 4th
8:00 pm

An exploration of what it means to be “other” in America. Crafted with the students of Queensborough Community College, anOTHER is a celebration of difference in a society that is more comfortable navigating within the status quo.   

The show runs 95 minutes, with no intermission. 

We Are Proud To Present A Presentation About The Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwetafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915

by Jackie Sibblies Drury
Directed by April Daras

Indiana Universtiy of Pennsylvania
Thursday, January 5th
9:30 am & 2:30 pm

WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT A PRESENTATION ABOUT THE HERERO OF NAMIBIA, FORMERLY KNOWN AS SOUTHWEST AFRICA, FROM THE GERMAN SUDWESTAFRIKA, BETWEEN THE YEARS 1884-1915, by Jackie Sibblies Drury, is a provocative play that explores the personal and creative challenges faced by a group of actors attempting to recreate the story of a little-known genocide of the Herero people in Southwest Africa. In the process of devising the presentation, these young and enthusiastic collaborators confront the limits of their own empathy while trying to make sense of humanity’s ability to commit horrific acts. Their creative investigation not only awakens a hunger to tell the story accurately; but also unleashes unexpected impulses rooted in a collective history of racial oppression and violence.

According to the director, April Daras, “the play forces us to confront and consider how a history of oppression influences our lives today. How we see and identify ourselves individually and collectively is influenced by our shared history. The influential forces of history, recognized or hidden, affect us. They have power over how we see and understand others. They also influence our daily interactions and shape our choices about where we live, who we have relationships with, and how we imagine the future of our world.”

The Accidental Death of an Anarchist

by Dario Fo

Stockton University
Thursday, January 5th
8:00 pm

Pick a corruption scandal, any corruption scandal if you want a contemporary analogy for the outrages in Dario Fo’s political farce “Accidental Death of an Anarchist.” In his classic political farce, spun off real events, an imposter called the Fool impersonates a judge who has multiple guilty defendants on his hands, causing constant chaos in a police station. Awarded the Nobel Literature Prize in 1997, Fo “emulates the jesters of the Middle Ages in scourging authority and upholding the dignity of the downtrodden.”

Speech and Debate

by Stephen Karam

Arcadia University
Friday, January 6th
9:30 am & 2:30 pm

THE STORY: Three teenage misfits in Salem, Oregon discover they are linked by a sex scandal that’s rocked their town. When one of them sets out to expose the truth, secrets become currency, the stakes get higher, and the trio’s connection grows deeper in this searching, fiercely funny dark comedy with music.
“A triumph…hilarious, cliché-free, and immensely entertaining…

Hamlet Lost/Found

Adapted from William Shakespeare, Directed by Julie Lewis and Demolished by the Ensemble

The Community College of Baltimore County
Friday, January 6th
8:00 pm

A dead king’s brother has stolen his throne and his queen. Summoned by his father’s ghost, young Prince Hamlet will stop at nothing to avenge his death. In this reimagining of Shakespeare’s classic revenge story, Denmark disintegrates into a shredded world of decay, destruction, house beats, and hidden flesh.

Poe: Master of the Macabre

by John Hardy
Directed by Michael Aulick

West Liberty University
Saturday, January 7th
9:30 am & 2:30 pm

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