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Fall 2020 Theatre Events

Theatre: RIC Mainstage Theatre
Everyman by Anonymousimage for Everyman by Anonymous

Adapted by the RIC Student Cast and Casey Seymour Kim
Directed by Casey Seymour Kim

Streaming December 4-6
Tickets will be free!
Details will be posted as we get closer

Many are familiar with the morality play Everyman, written by an anonymous playwright in the late 15th century. Consistently taught in literature and drama classes, the journey of its central character continues to speak to us, encouraging us to examine our life, our relationship to mortality, as well as our relationship to the Divine. In recent years, there have been contemporary adaptations, most notably by British poet Carol Ann Duffy and American playwright Brendan Jacob-Jenkins. While these adaptations may change certain stylistic elements, Everyman’s quest remains the same: who amongst his earthly community will accompany him to the grave? Exploring different media and producing their own compositions, our RIC theatre students are at once re-telling this medieval play through a contemporary lens, as well as crafting their own response to the questions that it poses.

Theatre: RIC Growing Stage
I and You by Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Alexander Crespo-Rosarioimage for I and You by Lauren Gunderson

Streaming December 19-21
Tickets will be free!
Details will be posted as we get closer

One afternoon, Anthony arrives unexpectedly at classmate Caroline's door bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, an urgent assignment from their English teacher. Homebound due to illness, Caroline hasn't been to school in months, but she is as quick and sardonic as Anthony is athletic, sensitive, and popular. As these two let down their guards and share their secrets, this seemingly mundane poetry project unlocks a much deeper mystery that has brought them together. I and You is an ode to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness.

Theatre: RIC Mainstage Theatre

by Moisés Kaufmanimage for THE LARAMIE PROJECT
and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project
Directed by Bill Wilson

Streaming December 18-20
Tickets will be free!
Details will be posted as we get closer

In October 1998, a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten, and left tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His bloody, bruised, and battered body was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half, in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. Some people interviewed were directly connected to the case, while others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of the reactions to the crime is fascinating. Kaufman and Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews and their own experiences in Laramie. THE LARAMIE PROJECT is a breathtaking collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.

Page last updated: December 11, 2020