HARPER JOY 2015-2016 SEASON

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SEPTEMBER 26-27, ALEXANDER STAGE
RESERVATIONS AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 11
Seven plays on Saturday and then seven more on Sunday. After three weeks of writing workshops with professional playwrights, students receive a prompt in the evening, write all night, go into rehearsal the next morning, and perform that evening.

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BY DAVID IVES • ADAPTED FROM THE COMEDY BY PIERRE CORNEILLE • OCTOBER 22-25, ALEXANDER STAGE
RESERVATIONS AVAILABLE OCTOBER 9
Paris 1643. Dorante, a charming young man who cannot tell the truth, is coupled with a manservant, Cliton, who cannot tell a lie. This comic duo take on all that 17th century Paris can give them. Wordplay, swordplay, mistaken identity, romance, and wit all combine to make this a hilarious and unforgettable night in the theatre. "A farce to be reckoned with"-The Denver Post

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NOVEMBER 11-15, FREIMANN STUDIO THEATRE
RESERVATIONS AVAILABLE OCTOBER 30
GO ON brings dance to the Harper Joy Theatre with three movement-based works developed collaboratively with students by Renee Archibald, Peter de Grasse, and Portland-based guest artist Tahni Holt.

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BY BARBARA WIECHMANN • DECEMBER 10-13, ALEXANDER STAGE
RESERVATIONS AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 20
Agnes La Voie sees the Virgin Mary in her kitchen window. Rumor has it the Holy Mother will appear again-this time in the parking lot of Arvid Gurney's gas station. In Hadley, New York, the voices of the townspeople accumulate and propel us forward in this funny, lyrical, uneasy play about community, motherhood, and the investments we make in belief.

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FEBRUARY 10-14, FREIMANN STUDIO THEATRE
RESERVATIONS AVAILABLE JANUARY 22
Students submit original scripts. A chosen three compete for cash prizes. You are the judge.

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BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE • MARCH 3-6, ALEXANDER STAGE
RESERVATIONS AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 19
Shipwrecked and alone of the shores of lllyria, Viola disguises herself as a man, only to find herself falling in love with her new employer, Duke Orsino, whose affections lie with the Lady Olivia. Combining comedy, cruelty, and the pangs of unrequited love, Twelfth Night shimmers with exquisite songs and subtle poetry.

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APRIL 13-17, FREIMANN STUDIO THEATRE
RESERVATIONS AVAILABLE APRIL 1
How do we attack the problem of poverty in America? Each night's audience will engage with this question and ultimately decide how to spend $1,000 in cash to work towards addressing the problem. The show is an experiment in dialogue, collective decision-making, shared responsibility, and the potential for art to help us make our world a better place.

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BY ANTON CHEKHOV • TRANSLATED BY PAUL SCHMIDT • MAY 5-8, 19-21, ALEXANDER STAGE
RESERVATIONS AVAILABLE APRIL 22
Konstantin, a struggling young playwright searching for new dramatic forms, presents his play at an impromptu theater. It stars Nina, the love of his life, and in the audience is his actress mother, Arkadina, and the famous novelist, Trigorin. What follows changes the lives of all involved. Comic and tragic, a meditation on love and art, The Seagull marks one of Chekhov's greatest masterpieces.

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