Theater to Stage Two Dramas
The Occidental College Theater Department will present Horton Foote’s poignant drama “The Trip to Bountiful” from Oct. 27-31 and “Cloud 9,” an exploration of sexual politics by Caryl Churchill, from Nov. 17-21.
Both productions will be staged in Occidental’s Keck Theater.
General admission tickets to each play are $10. Student admission is $5, and tickets are $8 for senior citizens and Occidental employees. To buy tickets, please call the box office at (323) 259-2922. Group rates are available. For other information, call the theater department at (323) 259-2771. Occidental College is located at 1600 Campus Road in Eagle Rock.
“The Trip to Bountiful,” directed by Theater Professor John Bouchard, is the story of Mrs. Watts, an elderly widow living with her son and daughter-in-law in a three-room Houston flat. Seeking to regain her strength and dignity, Mrs. Watts runs away to her old home in the town of Bountiful. But upon arrival she finds the house of her youth in shambles and learns that many of her old friends have died or departed.
The production will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 27-30, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31.
In “Cloud 9,” under the direction of Adjunct Theater Instructor James Angell, English playwright Churchill explores sexual subjugation by using as settings two different repressive periods in British history. She juxtaposes Africa during the Victorian era – the height of British colonialism – with London in the late 1970s, a period of sexual revolution. Churchill’s stage productions are characterized by time manipulation, cross-gender casting and different concepts for costuming and staging.
The play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 17-20, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21.
Scenic and lighting design in both productions are by theater Professor Susan Gratch; costumes are by Thomas Slotten, adjunct instructor of theater.