Thursday, February 13 at 10am
A verbatim adaptation of the first half of the classic American autobiographical work, American Place Theatre dramatizes Richard Wright's journey from childhood innocence to adulthood in the Jim Crow South. Premiered in 2005 at the Kennedy Center, the show focuses on his hunger for knowledge and the fight to claim his basic human rights in a racist society -- issues which still resonate in today's cultural dialogue.
Running Time: 60 minute performance plus approx. 15 minute pre-and post-show discussions led by a teaching artist from American Place Theatre for a total of 90 minutes
Resource materials: Study guide prepared by company provided to teachers in advance
Tuesday, March 4 at 10am
The Department of Theatre presents this extraordinary Tony Award winning musical celebrating youth and rebellion in a daring fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll. Set in repressive 19th century Germany, a group of teenagers is caught between their sexual urges and society’s contradictory teachings. Revealing their alluringly melancholy story of self-discovery and coming-of-age anxiety, they attempt to reckon with the thrilling, complicated, and confusing time of their sexual awakening. Inspired by Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1891 play about teenage sexuality and society’s efforts to control it, the piece seamlessly merges past and present, underscoring the timelessness of adolescent angst and the universality of human passion.
Running Time: Two hours twenty minutes which includes a short intermission
Resource Materials: Study guide prepared by the Theatre Department provided to teachers in advance
Additional Opportunity: Director and/or producer are available to come to your school at no charge to give a lecture/presentation in advance of the performance
** Please be advised that this production contains strong language and explores mature themes. If you have questions about the content of this production, the Theatre Department encourages you to explore the Parent’s Guide provided by the official Spring Awakening website, as well as video testimonials given by parents and teens who saw the show on Broadway, and the documentary Kyle Riabko: The Lead filmed by Bravo Canada, profiling teenagers whose lives were changed by the show. All of these resources are great for teachers and parents who want to use the show as a platform for discussion, as well as for those deciding whether to see the show by themselves or together with their teen(s).