Spring 2018 Production
SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR by Luigi Pirandello (In a New Adaptation by Robert Brustein)
Director: Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson
Scenic Designer: Dathan Powell
Auditions: January 21st & 22nd, with Callbacks on Jan. 23rd, 2018. Please click on “Auditions” for details after the fall ’17 production is cast.
Performances: April 13th, 14th, 15th (Fri., Sat., Sun.) & April 19th, 20th, 21st (Thurs., Fri., Sat.), 2018
The curtain time for Thursday, Friday and Saturday night shows is 7:30 p.m. with the Sunday performances starting at 2 p.m.
Originally written in 1921, “6 Characters…” is an absurdist metatheatrical play…our production will be the 1998 Robert Brustein adaptation, which has been described by the publisher as a “highly acclaimed adaption of Pirandello’s masterpiece, a study in illusion and reality which follows a group of characters who try to fashion their life stories into acceptable drama.” – Samuel French Publisher
The story: A group of theatre artists rehearse a known play…and get interrupted by 6 characters from another play, which was never finished by its author. These 6 characters find themselves in a purgatory of sorts, trying to find a “home” for their stories to live in.
Pirandello’s play reminds us that all great art takes on a life of its own, after being created, and we are challenged to find meaningful difference between a work-in-progress and its eventual effects on audience members.
CAST: 9 men, 2 women (+ 2 young boys/girls)
Directors: UIS Students Enrolled in the fall 17 semester course THE 476 Directing for the Theatre
Auditions: In Early November, 2017.
Performances: December 4th & 5th, 2017
UIS THEATRE announces the return of the very popular “Student Directed Scenes,” which showcases the final projects of students in the Fall 2017 “Directing for the Theatre” class (THE 476). Join us in the Studio Theatre for an interesting variety pack of scenes from contemporary American plays. Numerous casting opportunities are available for these scenes.