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School of Drama's New Season

New Drama Season

Peter Cooke, head of the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University, recently announced the 2010-2011 drama season, which features a new musical and two new adaptations, as well as a banned German play.

"I am delighted that the plays chosen for the season offer a fascinating range of writing styles and theatrical forms that in turn reflect the myriad talents of our faculty, staff, visiting directors and the student body," said Cooke. "If drama is the prism though which we view our world, then what a wonderful world we have to share with the public in 2010 and 2011."

The 2010-2011 season includes:

  • Leonid Andreyev's "He Who Gets Slapped"
  • "Vanishing Point," a new musical by Rob Hartmann and Liv Cummins
  • a new adaptation of Garcia Lorca's "Barbarous Nights"
  • Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
  • "Lady Han" by Zeami Motokiyo
  • Caryl Churchill's "A Number"
  • William Finn's musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"
  • Steven Dietz's "Still Life with Iris"
  • "Lulu," an 1895 German play by Frank Wedekind, which was ahead of its time
  • "The Alice Project," which will be developed through a yearlong interdisciplinary collaboration, and
  • Caryl Churchill's new version of August Strindberg's "A Dream Play"

Performances will take place in the Philip Chosky Theater, the Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theatre and the John Wells Video Studio in the Purnell Center for the Arts on the Carnegie Mellon campus. Subscriptions to the 2010-2011 season are available. Call the box office at 412-268-2407 for package options, prices or to place a subscription order.

Students in the Dramaturgy Program will also hold regular post-performance talkbacks with the audience, casts and crews following Tuesday evening performances. The dramaturgs are also available to discuss the plays with classes, student groups and public organizations. Contact Michael Chemers, dramaturgy option coordinator, at or 412-268-2399 to schedule a session with a dramaturg.

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