Drama Takes Stage in November
The Occidental College Theater Department will present a pair of dramas in November, starting with “One Flea Spare” by Naomi Wallace.
The play will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1-4 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 5 in the college’s Keck Theater. A second production, “Tonight We Improvise” by Luigi Pirandello, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-18 and 2 p.m. Nov. 19, also at Keck.
Regular admission tickets are $10 ($8 for senior citizens and Occidental faculty and staff; $5 for students). Group rates are available. Please call (323) 259-2922 for tickets and additional information. For directions and a campus map, click here.
Set in London during the plague-ridden summer of 1665, “One Flea Spare” features a neo-Brechtian script that addresses issues of class, privilege, sexuality and self-identity. Considered an important voice in contemporary American playwriting, Wallace uses a historical setting to confront issues that are core issues for today's society. The production is being directed by Jamie Angell, adjunct assistant professor of theater.
“Tonight We Improvise” shocked its 1930 audience, throwing into disarray the conventions of theater and testing fiction vs. reality. The conflict pits the audience against the director, the director against the actors while telling a central story of love, cruelty, and the traps created by family and social expectations. The production is being directed by Laural Meade ’88, adjunct instructor of theater.