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June 5: Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama Announces 2009-2010 Season of Plays


Eric Sloss   

Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama
Announces 2009–2010 Season of Plays

PITTSBURGH—Peter Cooke, head of the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University, has announced the 2009-2010 drama season, which features a Subscriber Series of six plays, a five-play Director Series and a New Works Series. The 2009-2010 season includes "The Grapes of Wrath" by Frank Galati, adapted from John Steinbeck's novel; "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," a musical by Frank Loesser; a new adaptation of "The Inspector General," by Nikolai Gogol; William Shakespeare's "Richard III"; Euripides' "Medea"; and "Thérèse Raquin," by Neal Bell, adapted from the novel by Emile Zola. 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.
Students in the Dramaturgy Program will 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.
All Subscription Series play performances take place at 8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturdays. More information about each production is listed below. Subscriptions to the 2009-2010 season are available. Call the box office at 412-268-2407 for package options, prices or to place a subscription order.  Special discounts are available to all Carnegie Mellon alumni.
For additional information about the upcoming season or ticket purchases, contact the School of Drama box office at 412-268-2407 between noon and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information on the 2009-2010 season of plays visit

Subscriber Series

"The Grapes of Wrath," directed by Barbara MacKenzie-Wood
Preview: Oct. 1; Opening: Oct. 2; Closing: Oct. 10. Philip Chosky Theater
John Steinbeck's Nobel Prize-winning novel, "The Grapes of Wrath," examines a family of sharecroppers that strives for the American dream in an environment that raises then shatters their hopes, dreams and aspirations. Frank Galati's adaptation combines Steinbeck's powerful language with masterful theatrical invention. The Joad Family's noble search for a better life in a period of extreme economic distress has an inescapable resonance for today's audiences.

"How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," directed by Daniel Goldstein

Preview: Nov. 12; Opening: Nov. 13; Closing: Nov. 21. Philip Chosky Theater
"How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" is a comical story of a young man's rapid journey to the top of the corporate ladder. With its roaring cynicism it is an absurd musical that critiques the business world by making light of its idiosyncrasies.

"The Inspector General," directed by Jed Harris

Preview: Feb. 18; Opening: Feb. 19; Closing: Feb. 27. Philip Chosky Theater
Nikolai Gogol's "Inspector General" is a hilarious indictment of political corruption in 1836 provincial Russia. When a penniless drifter is mistaken for an inspector general, the townspeople, innocent as a pack of wolves, inveigle him into a conspiracy of lies that in turn reveals a profound truth. Gogol's classic is especially apt in these times of financial and moral dislocation.  

"Richard III," directed by Matt Gray

Preview: April 15; Opening: April 16; Closing: April 24. Philip Chosky Theater
"Richard III," Shakespeare's Machiavellian tour-de-force, tells the story of a nobleman's bloody and narcissistic ascent to power and his infectious impact on the society that nurtured and destroyed him. Exploring the worlds of terror, mistrust, corruption and delusion, it effectively echoes some current political shenanigans.

"Medea," directed by Max Montel
Opening: Dec. 2; Closing: Dec. 5. Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theater
"Medea's" epic themes of passion, betrayal, and the dark and violent depths we reach when seeking revenge is an immortal cautionary tale. By killing the ones she loves most, Medea has inspired two millennia of artists and their audiences.

"Thérèse Raquin," directed by Kate Pines

Opening: April 21; Closing: April 24. Helen Wayne Rauh StudioTheater  
"Thérèse Raquin" revels in the sumptuous world of forbidden passion, regret, hate and desperation. A woman drowning in the cynicism of 19th century Paris goes to horrific lengths to satisfy her twisted dreams and sexual compulsions. Based on the 1867 novel by Emile Zola, "Thérèse Raquin" explores the dark and animalistic roots of the human psyche.

Director Series

Tickets are free. Talkbacks are not offered for Director Series plays.
"Three Days of Rain" by Richard Greenberg: Oct. 28-30, John Wells Video Studio
"Burial At Thebes" by Seamus Heaney, a new translation of Sophocles' "Antigone": Nov. 11-13, Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theater
"Dead Man's Cell Phone" by Sarah Ruhl: Feb. 10-12, Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theater
"In The Blood" by Suzan-Lori Parks: Feb. 24-26, Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theater
"Slow Dance On The Killing Ground," by William Hanely: March 17-19, Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theater

New Works Series

Jan. 28-Feb. 27
Along with a selection of classic, contemporary and music theater masterworks the season contains a program of new works, written by Carnegie Mellon dramatic writing students and directed by the graduate directors.