SPRINGFIELD – The 2007-2008 season of the Theatre Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield, focusing on the theme "Mid-Century in Mid-America," will feature works by such icons of the American theatre as William Inge and Tennessee Williams.
The fall production is Inge's classic drama Picnic, which won the 1953 Pulitzer Prize. The winter production will be a montage of short pieces chosen and directed by students. The spring production is Williams' 1960 "serious comedy" Period of Adjustment.
Picnic takes place on Labor Day Weekend in the joint back yards of two middle-aged widows – one woman lives with her two grown daughters and a boarder who is a spinster school teacher; the other lives with her elderly and invalid mother. When a young man with problems of his own enters the scene, his presence seriously upsets this female atmosphere. (Information from Dramatists Play Service, Inc.)
UIS Assistant Professor of Theatre Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson will direct. Production dates are October 26-28 and November 1-3.
Student-Directed Scenes will represent part of the final project for UIS students in the course Directing for the Theatre. Student-directors will select the plays to be represented in this production over the course of the fall semester. Production dates are December 5-6.
Period of Adjustment tells the story of two married couples at critical points in their relationships. One couple has been married for five years, the other for one day. The husbands are war buddies – veterans of the Korean War. One suffers post traumatic stress and the other seems to have feelings of inadequacy toward his wife, who is also the daughter of his boss. Though Williams called his play a "serious comedy," it has a happy ending, and the New York Times review noted that he manages to combine a "humorous viewpoint with deep-seated concern for a very real, human situation." (Information from Dramatists Play Service, Inc.)
UIS Director of Theatre Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson will direct. Production dates are April 4-6 and 10-12.
Open auditions for Picnic will be held in September. Open auditions for Period of Adjustment will be held in February.