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Oct. 5, 2006 • Volume 15 Number 3

Robsham Fall Season Begins with 'Experiment'

The 2006-07 Robsham Theater fall season, which includes classic works by Shakespeare and Sophocles and the staging of a popular "cult" 1970s musical, will open next Friday, Oct. 13, with a joint Robsham-Theater Department production of Shelagh Stephenson's "An Experiment with an Air Pump."

Directed by Adj. Asst. Prof. Patricia Riggin (Theater), the play, based on actual historical figures and events, offers a provocative perspective on the interplay of science and art, and the ethical issues concerning the pursuit of both.

Robsham and the Theater Department also will collaborate for a production of "Antigone" from Oct. 18-20, directed by Robsham Associate Director Sheppard Barnett. Written by Sophocles in 442 BC as the final play of his Oedipus trilogy, this tragedy incorporates such universal themes as conscience-versus-law, individual-versus-state, the conflict of power and passion, and the complex nature of pride.

Another Shelagh Stephenson play will be featured at Robsham's Bonn Studio from Oct. 26-28, when the Boston College Dramatics Society presents "The Memory of Water." Three sisters, reunited after the death of their mother, struggle over who remembers which events more clearly. They find that individual memories and experiences can become fuzzy, and family stories told over and over again can be re-shaped and detailed until they surpass the actual memory.

Bonn also will be the setting from Nov. 2-4 for the Contemporary Theater of Boston College production of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Created by Richard O'Brien (who played the character "Riff Raff" in the film version), this rock'n roll-flavored spoof of old horror movies - among other things - has been a success on screen as well as stage, and is famous for its audience participation.

The tone shifts dramatically for the Robsham-Theater Department staging of "Macbeth" from Nov. 16-19. This enduring Shakespearean tale of evil, ambition and treachaery is directed by Robsham Director Stuart Hecht.

From Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, the Boston College Dance Ensemble will present its fall show at Robsham. The BCDE is a student-run organization on campus, providing opportunities for students to both choreograph and perform. All proceeds from BCDE performances benefit the Boston College Campus School. [For more information on the ensemble, see www.bc.edu/bc_org/svp/st_org/dance/]

Robsham's fall season concludes with "A Dancer's Christmas," appearing for the 26th year at Robsham (and 27th overall) with a series of performances Dec. 8-10 and 15-17. This retelling of the Christmas story, widely loved by people of all ages throughout Greater Boston, is known for its expressive dancing and colorful costumes and sets. "A Dancer's Christmas" features original choreography by Jesuit Artist-in-Residence Robert VerEecke, SJ, and a company of professional dancers accompanied by BC alumni and students.

For more information on the fall Robsham Theater season, see the Robsham Theater Web site at www.bc.edu/offices/robsham or call ext.2-4800.

-Sean Smith

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