Bat Boy: The Musical at South Puget Sound Community College

Three New Stage Productions at SPSCC

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS

The number 3 is auspicious, whether we’re talking about the holy trinity, the mind-body-spirit triad or the “lucky number 3.” Perhaps that’s why the South Puget Sound Community College drama department will present three brand-new productions for the 2017-2018 season: Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), The Glass Menagerie and Cabaret. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with a diverse group of students, SPSCC staff and community members,” said SPSCC drama professor Lauren Love, who hand-selected each theatrical piece for the season. “They shared their love of all kinds of theater with me and helped me choose a season that reflects their joy and wide-ranging interests.”

Love, who’s heading into her second year at the college, has extensive acting experience and holds a doctorate in theater history from University of Minnesota. The works she selected for the upcoming season all connected with students in the previous academic year. “Performers expressed lots of interest in Shakespeare,” said Love. “And our fall comedy, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), centers on a Shakespeare scholar who finds herself mixed up in the worlds of Romeo and Juliet and Othello. … The play … is both emotionally and intellectually engaging. In my opinion, this is what theater does best — It helps us reflect through our senses and our common humanity.”

The Glass Menagerie, a “memory play” by Tennessee Williams, will open in March. “Students loved the play,” explained Love. “I think they are truly touched by the relationships in the family, and I’m looking forward to working with actors to present this beautiful piece.” Closing the season next June will be Cabaret, an intricate musical that first graced Broadway stages in 1966. “Kander and Ebb write such unique, provocative music,” concluded Love, “and the story of the rise of an authoritarian government remains a trenchant warning against complacency.”

What: Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)

When: 7 p.m. Thursday – Saturday;
2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16 – 19

Where: Kenneth J Minnaert Center for the Arts,
South Puget Sound Community College,
2011 Mottman Rd. SW, Olympia

How much: TBD

Learn more: 360-753-8586 | The Washington Center




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