The Season

2018-2019 SEASON

TTU English Department presents the Tech Players’ Sixty-fourth season in the Backdoor Playhouse.

Autumn 2018

Playing With Fire (after FRANKENSTEIN) By Barbara Field                                                    

Directed by Mark Harry Creter                                                                                                                                             

November 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 2018 at 8:00 p.m

November 8, 2018 at 10:00 p.m. 

November 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.                             

                                                                                    

                                                                                                         

The Story: The exchange between Frankenstein and the Creature becomes a confrontation between parent and child, scientist and experiment, rejection and love, and even good and evil-culminating in the Creature’s agonizing question, “why did you make me?”

“Playwright Field has written a morality play that speaks to some of the most basic concerns of our time.” -Minnesota Public Radio

Produced in cooperation with Samuel French, Inc.

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Winter 2019

Pluto by Steve Yockey

Directed by Joseph Clark

February 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 16, 17, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.

February 15, 2019 at 10:00 p.m.

February 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.                                           

                 

                                                                                                       

The Story: In the wake of a local tragedy involving gun violence at a community college, single mother

Elizabeth Miller and her withdrawn son, Bailey, try to jump-start their relationship across a breakfast table. But with berserker appliances, shifting astronomy, and the talkative new family dog’s interruptions, Elizabeth might not be able to “see” the person she needs to see most.

"Pluto’s style attacks the audience with a fierce combination of kitchen realism and Cocteau’s off-the-wall conflation of dream and daily life. The results are funny, bizarre, emotionally raw, and intellectually provocative."

– Maryland Theatre Guide

Produced in cooperation with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

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Spring 2019 

The 29th Annual Dorothy Printz Pennebaker Memorial Spring Production. 

The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Directed by Mark Harry Creter

April 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.

April 11, 2019 at 10:00 p.m.

April 13, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.                                                           

          

                                                                                                           

THE STORY: The Rivals concerns the romantic difficulties of Lydia Languish, who is determined to marry for love and into poverty. Realizing this, the aristocratic Captain Jack Absolute woos her while claiming to be Ensign Beverley. But her aunt, Mrs. Malaprop, will not permit her to wed a mere ensign, and Lydia will lose half her fortune if she marries without her aunt’s permission. Among the play’s many plot complications is the appearance of Sir Anthony (Jack’s father).

“As uproariously funny today as it was in 1775!”.-The Telegraph


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2017-2018 Season

TTU English Department presents the Tech Players’ Sixty-third Season in the

All-New TTU Backdoor Playhouse.


Autumn 2016.

Chicago, A Musical Vaudeville

Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Directed by Mark Harry Creter

Music Direction by Mendy Richards

Choreography by Jennifer Dotson-Creter

November 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 17, 18, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

Late Show: November 16, 2017 at 10:00 p.m.

Matinee: November 18, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

 

The Story: In roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap...until he finds out he's been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another "Merry Murderess," Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the "American Dream": fame, fortune, and acquittal. This sharp-edged satire features a dazzling score that sparked immortal staging by Bob Fosse.

 

Produced with generous support from the TTU Centerstage Series. Produced in cooperation with Samuel French, Inc.

 

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Winter 2018.

The Nether by Jennifer Haley

Directed by Joseph Clark

February 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 16, 17, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

February 15, 2018 at 10:00 p.m.

February 17, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

 

The Story: The Nether is a virtual wonderland that provides total sensory immersion. Just log in, choose an identity and indulge your every desire. However, when a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, she triggers an interrogation into the darkest corners of the imagination. Winner of the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The Nether is both a serpentine crime drama and haunting sci-fi thriller that explores the consequences of living out our private dreams.

"The Nether is a gripping and deeply disconcerting look at the Internet and its role in one of the most disturbing issues of our times." - Telegraph

Produced in cooperation with Samuel French, Inc.

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Spring 2017. The 28th Annual Dorothy Printz Pennebaker Memorial Spring Production.

Big Love by Charles Mee

Directed by Mark Harry Creter

April 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 13, 14, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

April 12, 2018 at 10:00 p.m.

April 14, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

 

THE STORY: Big Love is a play by American playwright Charles L. Mee. Based on Aeschylus's The Suppliants, it is about fifty brides who flee to a manor in Italy to avoid marrying their fifty cousins. The play takes the plot of the original Greek play into modern times, including such details as having the grooms ambush the brides by helicopter. While the brides and grooms wait for their wedding day, the characters raise issues of gender politics, love, and domestic violence. 

 

Produced in cooperation with the (Re) Making Project.

For more information about the Tech Players or the Theatre Concentration in the Department of English please visit our home page at www.tntech.edu/cas/english/bdph/.




The 2016-2017 Season on (Or Near) the campus of TTU.

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SPRING 2017-DERRYBERRY AUDITORIUM

FIRST DATE, A MUSICAL COMEDY. BOOK BY AUSTIN WINSBERG AND MUSIC AND LYRICS BY ALAN ZACHARY AND MICHAEL WEINER.

APRIL 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 2017 AT 8:00PM.

APRIL 29, 2017 AT 2:00PM.

THE STORY:WHEN TIGHTLY WOUND AARON IS SET UP WITH COOL GIRL CASEY, A QUICK DRINK TURNS INTO A HILARIOUS DINNER SERVED WITH SIDES OF GOOGLE BACKGROUND CHECKS, FAKE EMERGENCY PHONE CALLS, A SLEW OF BAD BOY AND UPTOWN GIRL EXES, AND SOME SERIOUSLY SAUCY CHEMISTRY. CAN THIS MISMATCHED PAIR TURN WHAT COULD BE A DINING DISASTER INTO SOMETHING SPECIAL BEFORE THE CHECK ARRIVES, OR END UP AT ANOTHER TABLE FOR ONE?

FIRST DATE AIMS ITS LOVE ARROW FOR THE MIDDLE AND HITS IT WITH APLOMB.”THEATER REVIEW BY DAVID COTE

PRODUCED IN COOPERATION WITH ROGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN, INC.


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DOGWOOD SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL-SPONSORED BY THE CITY OF COOKEVILLE DEPARTMENT OF LEISURE SERVICES.

AUTUMN 2016-THE PERFORMANCE PAVILION AT DOGWOOD PARK.

JULIUS CAESAR BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.

SEPTEMBER 30, OCTOBER 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 2016 AT 7:00PM.

THE STORY: THE TRAGEDY OF JULIUS CAESAR FEATURES SOME OF SHAKESPEARE’S MOST POWERFUL DIALOGUE. THE PLAY CONCERNS THE RISE OF JULIUS CAESAR AND THE EFFORTS TAKEN BY THE CONSPIRATORS TO STOP THIS RISE TO POWER. THIS PLAY ABOUT BETRAYAL, FEAR, AND THE COMPLICATIONS OF THE POLITICAL WORLD. HOW PERFECT FOR AN ELECTION YEAR!

“CRETER DIRECTS ANOTHER SHAKESPEARE PLAY TO HELP YOU FORGET ABOUT THAT MUSICAL HE DIRECTED IN JULY!!” —HARRY OLDCASTLE.

PRODUCED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LEISURE SERVICES AND THE CITY OF COOKEVILLE.

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Sponsored by the English Department.

AUTUMN 2016-THE TALON THEATER IN FOUNDATION HALL.

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, ABRIDGED BY ADAM LONG, DANIEL SINGER, AND JESS WINFIELD.

NOVEMBER 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19, 2016 AT 8:00PM.
LATE SHOW: NOVEMBER 17, 2016 AT 10:00PM MATINEE: NOVEMBER 19, 2016 AT 2:00PM.

THE STORY: THREE MEN, THIRTY SEVEN PLAYS, NINETY-SEVEN MINUTES-DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME!

“IF YOU LIKE SHAKESPEARE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS SHOW. IF YOU HATE SHAKESPEARE, YOU’LL LOVE THIS SHOW!” —THE TODAY SHOW

PRODUCED IN COOPERATION WITH BROADWAY PLAY PUBLISHING, INC.


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WINTER 2017-BACKSTAGE AT CPAC.

OUR DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL.

TRIFLES BY SUSAN GLASPELL.

DIRECTED BY BRADEN WAHL.


MUD BY MARIE IRENE FORNES.

DIRECTED BY JOE CLARK.

FEBRUARY 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 2017 AT 8:00PM.

FEBRUARY 11, 2017 AT 2:00PM.

THE STORY: Trifles by Susan Glaspell tells the story of two investigations into the murder of John Wright. The male characters carry on the official investigation while the female characters carry on their own unofficial investigation.

THE STORY:IN MUD, MARIA IRENE FORNES HAS CREATED A STARK AND UNCOMPROMISING DRAMA, IN WHICH SELF-IMPROVEMENT IS A WISTFUL, FAR-OFF GOAL, AND THE BLEAK NATURE OF EVERYDAY LIFE IS IMPOSSIBLE TO ESCAPE, IN THE END.


"THE PLAY IS A POWERFUL STATEMENT ABOUT A YOUNG WOMAN'S DOOMED ATTEMPT TO MAKE A BETTER LIFE FOR HERSELF, TO FORGE SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING.LA TIMES.


PRODUCED IN COOPERATION WITH BROADWAY PLAY PUBLISHING, INC.


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WINTER 2017-DERRYBERRY AUDITORIUM

V-DAY 2017 COOKEVILLE JOINS GLOBAL MOVEMENT TO STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS

A BENEFIT PRODUCTION OF

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES BY EVE ENSLER

FEBRUARY 15, 16, 17, 2017 AT 8:00 P.M.

GUEST DIRECTOR-PRUDENCE VAN AALTEN

THE STORY: THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES IS MADE UP OF A VARYING NUMBER OF MONOLOGUES READ BY A VARYING NUMBER OF WOMEN. EACH OF THE MONOLOGUES DEALS WITH AN ASPECT OF THE FEMININE EXPERIENCE, TOUCHING ON MATTERS SUCH AS SEX, LOVE, RAPE, MENSTRUATION, FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION, MASTURBATION, BIRTH, ORGASM, THE VARIOUS COMMON NAMES FOR THE VAGINA, OR SIMPLY AS A PHYSICAL ASPECT OF THE BODY. A RECURRING THEME THROUGHOUT THE PIECE IS THE VAGINA AS A TOOL OF FEMALE EMPOWERMENT, AND THE ULTIMATE EMBODIMENT OF INDIVIDUALITY.

"THERE ARE TWO THINGS ON EVERY COLLEGE CAMPUS, A STARBUCKS AND A V-DAY."ANONYMOUS.

“PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF POLITICAL THEATER OF THE LAST DECADE…” - THE NEW YORK TIME

“SPELLBINDING, FUNNY, AND ALMOST UNBEARABLY MOVING . . . IT IS BOTH A WORK OF ART AND AN INCISIVE PIECE OF CULTURAL HISTORY, A POEM AND A POLEMIC, A PERFORMANCE AND A BALM AND A BENEDICTION." —VARIETY

TICKETS ARE $10 FOR EVERYBODY. PERFORMANCES BENEFIT WOMEN’S HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS.

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For further information contact the TTU Backdoor Playhouse box office at 372-6595, Mark Creter at 372-3478 or

go online to www.tntech.edu/bdph or visit the Backdoor Playhouse at TTU Facebook page.

The Tech Players’ 62nd Season