Elizabeth Osborne, Associate Professor in Theatre Studies at the School of Theatre, is the Editor of the new book Working in the Wings: New Perspectives on Theatre History and Labor. The book brings attention to what goes on behind-the-scenes, challenging, and revising our understanding of work, theatre, and history. It’s essays consider a range of historic moments and geographic locations—from African Americans’ performance of the cakewalk in Florida’s resort hotels during the Gilded Age to the UAW Union Theatre and striking automobile workers in post–World War II Detroit, to the creative struggle in the latter part of the twentieth century to finish an adaptation of Moby Dick for the stage before the memory of creator, Rinde Eckert, fails. Contributors incorporate methodologies and theories from fields as diverse as theatre history, work studies, legal studies, economics, and literature and draw on traditional archival materials, including performance texts and architectural structures, as well as less tangible material traces of stagecraft.
The Lab Theatre
October 2-11, 2015
Guy, a newly engaged author, is travelling the country looking up old girlfriends in an attempt to make amends for their past heartbreak at his hands. As his parade of broken relationships unfolds, a much darker side of human ambition is revealed. Guy forces us to explore individualism, selfishness, power, and manipulation, ending with the question: In the pursuit of self-fulfillment, what are we willing to do not only for love, but to it?
A Chorus Line
The Fallon Theatre
October 16-25, 2015
It’s a harrowing experience every hopeful dancer knows all too well – dancing and singing their hearts out for a spot in the chorus of a Broadway show. In an unconventional twist, a Broadway Director goes beyond the standard “5,6,7,8” and asks each dancer to reflect on the experiences that led them to the world of the stage. Poignant, touching, personal, humorous, and heart-wrenching, this nine-time Tony Award-winning show delves into the dreams and fears of the dancers, revealing what they have done and would do for love.