CONWAY, Ark. (September 20, 2013) – The Hendrix College
Department of Theatre Arts and Dance will kick off its 2013-2014 performance season
on Friday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. in Cabe Theatre, when the Hendrix Players present
Lost My Shoe to a Wallaroo, a new
play written by Judy Baker Goss. Seating is first come, first served.
Perfect for everyone in the family, children in grades K-3
are the target for morning matinees of Lost
My Shoe to a Wallaroo offered for local elementary schools at no charge. The
Hendrix Department of Theatre Arts and Dance has been arranging these matinees
for three years. For more information regarding these matinees, please contact Hendrix
theatre professor Ann Muse at 501-450-1369.
Goss is a 1970 Hendrix graduate and the daughter of the
late Hendrix sociology professor Ferris Baker. She received her master’s degree
interpretation of literature from the University of Texas in Austin. Her
adaptation of Eudora Welty’s “Lily Daw and the Three Ladies” was published
shortly afterwards in Group Performance of Literature (Long,
Hudson & Jeffrey). After directing theatre at the Southeast Arkansas Arts
& Science Center, she taught creative dramatics and poetry writing as an
Artist-in-Education in Little Rock. She earned master’s degree in secondary
education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and taught drama and
creative writing at Parkview Arts Magnet High School. At Parkview, she
sponsored the literary magazine, which fueled her desire to write plays. Over a
decade and several scripts later, she wrote “T.O.T. for A.Y.P, or the
Certifiable Teacher” and retired from teaching. Her playwriting was encouraged
by awards for early one-acts and an Arkansas Arts Council Fellowship. Goss
participated in the playwrights’ workshops at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference
in 2009, 2010 and 2012.
Design: Abigail Garcia Lucas ’14
Design: Andrew Jordan ’16
Stage Manager: Rebecca Bongiorno ’14
Stage Managers: Lexi Adams ’17 and Bonnie Nolan ’17
Board Operator: Robert Durante ’15
Board Operator: Kelsey Williams ’17
Designer: Travis Howk ’17
Hendrix Dance Ensemble presents Turning
Hendrix Dance Professor Brigitte Rogers choreographs Turning Inward for the Hendrix Dance
Ensemble. Turning Inward
performances are Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12, in Reves
Recital Hall. Curtain each evening is
7:30 pm. There is also a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.
The piece’s inspiration is a quotation from William
Hazlitt: "Just as much as we see in others we have
in ourselves." The dancers have composed monologues inspired by the
quotation. John Coltrane’s “Love Supreme” will accompany the dancers. In the
composition, Coltrane is contemplating his life. The ensemble takes the same
approach by creating movement that speaks to the individual dancers, the
ensemble and the audience. Stylistically, the movement is contemporary with a
“I guess it’s an abstract look into a person’s
spirit/soul and how that transcends through our daily lives,” said Rogers.
More 2013-2014 Hendrix Theatre Arts and Dance Performances:
Murphy Director Daniel Stein directs his play Still. Going Forward Backward
theatre artist Daniel Stein is this year’s Visiting Murphy Director. Stein
will direct a student production of his play Still. Going Forward Backward.
Stein is the head of movement and physical theatre at Brown University/
Trinity Repertory Theatre MFA Acting Program. Daniel performs throughout the
world in his one man shows.
The production runs Wednesday, Nov. 13 – Friday, Nov. 15 at
7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. in Cabe Theatre. For more
information, call 501-450-1343.
Murphy Director Wayne A. Chapmen directs NINE
Wayne A. Chapman will direct Nine by Jane Shepard in January.
The play which contains strong language and subject matter will be in
Staples. Dates for the play are Friday, January 30 and Saturday February
1. Curtain each evening is 7:30 pm. On Saturday there is a matinee at 2:00 pm. Chapman is a Visiting Theatre Director
sponsored by Murphy Foundation for Literature and Language. Former professor of Theatre Arts at UALR, he
has directed and acted in theatre and film across the country.
In spring 2014, Hendrix will produce a world premiere of Brightfield, a commissioned play by Lee
A group of people wake on an island in the Southern United
States. Eventually it is clear that they are part of an experiment in regenerative
gene therapy and nanotechnology. The scientists and the benefactors of the
experiment are entangled in the participants’ denial and confusion and
eventually threats to approach the media.
An acclaimed playwright, Blessing's
plays have premiered at the Manhattan Theatre Club, the La Jolla Playhouse,
Yale Repertory Theater and the Actors Theater of Louisville among others and has
been performed at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference in six different summers.
His plays have been nominated for Tony and Olivier Awards, as well as the
Pulitzer Prize, and have won the American Theater Critics Award and the George
and Elisabeth Marton Award. Eleemosynary
won the 1997 L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award. Blessing has received grants from
the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Guggenheim, Bush, McKnight
and Jerome Foundations, and Heinemann has published two collections of his plays.
Hendrix Dance Ensemble Spring Concert
The spring Hendrix Dance Ensemble concert
will be Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5, 2014 in Staples
Auditorium. Curtain for each performance
is at 7:30 pm. The concert features
choreography from students and faculty.
The Contemporary American Theatre Project
For their senior seminar, graduating theatre arts majors create a
company and produce a play. The 2014 Senior Seminar launches The Contemporary
American Theatre Project which will feature American playwrights. The dates are
Thursday through Saturday, April 24 – 26, 2014.
Curtains for Thursday and Friday performances are at 7:30 pm and the
curtain for Saturday’s performance is at 2 p.m.
For more information about the Hendrix Department of
Theatre Art and Dance, contact the Cabe Theatre Box Office 501-450-1369 or
theatre professor Ann Muse at firstname.lastname@example.org and
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Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in
engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year,
Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by
U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix
is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country’s
best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change
the Way You Think about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual
list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the
Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist
Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.
Price, Bennett Chappell, Jackie Oakley, and Taylor Foreman during a rehearsal of Lost my Shoe to a Wallaroo.