The Department of Theatre at Northern Arizona University is telling familiar stories with a new spin for its 2019-2020 season. The season’s theme, Retold, Relived and Reimagined, is brought to stage with four main productions.
“Each playwright in our new season is telling a familiar tale in a reimagined way,” says Theatre Chair Kathleen M. McGeever, who is reinventing student engagement, too. “We wish to give our students a touring experience, so after the opening on campus of The Yellow Boat, the play will travel to northern Arizona schools.”
The season includes bonus workshops, student plays, a puppet show and an EXPO for Theatre students to present theater design, performance and research projects. Performances are in NAU’s Performing and Fine Arts Complex (Bldg. 37 on the Flagstaff campus).
The Yellow Boat, by David Saar
October 4 – 6
NAU Studio Theater
Inspired by a Scandinavian folksong, a young, dying boy uses his artistic gifts to create fanciful artwork to ease his own pain and help his parents cope. It is based on the true story of eight-year-old Benjamin Saar, who died from AIDS-related complications from a transfusion to help him combat the effects of hemophilia.
Playing With Fire: After Frankenstein, by Barbara Field
November 8 – 17
Clifford E. White Theater
Field’s play picks up where Mary Shelly’s novel, Frankenstein ends. The story flashes back and forth through time as creator and creation face their past and question the very nature of existence.
Eurydice, by Sarah Ruhl
February 21 – March 1
Clifford E. White Theater
Ruhl reimagines the Orpheus tale by putting the story in the perspective of the woman character, Eurydice. A romantic story unfolds as a dying Eurydice travels to the underworld to reunite with lost love.
Sense and Sensibility, by Kate Hamill
April 17 – April 26
Hamill applies a fresh female voice to ask “How does one follow their heart?” in this playful adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel. Set in gossipy 18th century England, the story follows the misfortunes of the Dashwood sisters after the death of their father leaves them destitute.
Tickets are $8 for youth and students; $12 seniors, faculty and staff, and $15 for adults. Save more than 10 percent with NAU Theatre Season Tickets: $25 for youth and students, $40 seniors, faculty and staff, and $50 adults. Central Ticket Office fees may apply. Get tickets at nau.edu/cto, 928.523.5661 or in person at the Central Ticket Office on the Flagstaff campus.
Backstage Bonus Projects
Backstage at NAU Theatre
Six Saturday Theatre workshops (two included in Season Ticket package)
November 22 and 23
Puppetry student-produced shows
One Act Festival
Dec 5 through 7
NAU Theatre EXPO
April 1 and 2
Students present performance, design and research work
Photo: NAU Theatre students Spencer Beck and Gabby Lux in Sense and Sensibility, performed in the 2019-20 season. Photo courtesy of NAU (Stephen Toya photographer).