Event Calendar

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Apr
16
Sat
2016
Stella Dreams of Trains
Apr 16 @ 8:00 pm

Pic-with-trainIt is Berlin, Germany, 1943.  Stella is young, lovely, Jewish, and faced with her own survival and that of her family and friends.  When ultimately arrested by the Gestapo, what decisions does she make that will follow her —haunt her– for the next half-century?  Which train does she take?

Stella Dreams of Trains was one of three winners of the 2015 Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition.  Directing this premier production is Siouxsie Easter, Associate Professor of Theatre at Wells College.  She has taught and directed plays in the northeast and in England, most recently A Midsummer’s Night Dream at Wells.  Previous credits at MOH include the role of Elizabeth Barrett Browning in Let Me Count the Ways and the direction of Trust.

The playwright, Joanna Rosenberg, is an author and poet who has been published in literary journals and collections.  She resides in Boston and is a graduate of Hampshire College with a degree in playwriting and Holocaust studies.  Credits include the Denis Johnston Playwriting Award.

It is Tel Aviv, 1994.  Which train did Stella take?

Apr
17
Sun
2016
Stella Dreams of Trains
Apr 17 @ 3:00 pm

Pic-with-trainIt is Berlin, Germany, 1943.  Stella is young, lovely, Jewish, and faced with her own survival and that of her family and friends.  When ultimately arrested by the Gestapo, what decisions does she make that will follow her —haunt her– for the next half-century?  Which train does she take?

Stella Dreams of Trains was one of three winners of the 2015 Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition.  Directing this premier production is Siouxsie Easter, Associate Professor of Theatre at Wells College.  She has taught and directed plays in the northeast and in England, most recently A Midsummer’s Night Dream at Wells.  Previous credits at MOH include the role of Elizabeth Barrett Browning in Let Me Count the Ways and the direction of Trust.

The playwright, Joanna Rosenberg, is an author and poet who has been published in literary journals and collections.  She resides in Boston and is a graduate of Hampshire College with a degree in playwriting and Holocaust studies.  Credits include the Denis Johnston Playwriting Award.

It is Tel Aviv, 1994.  Which train did Stella take?

Aug
7
Sun
2016
Meet Eleanor Roosevelt
Aug 7 @ 2:00 pm

Hear ‘Eleanor Roosevelt’ speak of her life as the longest serving first lady of the UnitedEleanor Roosevelt
States and of how she came to that exalted position. Nancy J. Snedeker worked at the
FDR Library for 20 years as archivist, photographer and speaker. Based on the
knowledge she gained from her professional life, Ms. Snedeker examines Eleanor’s early
life and rise to prominence through re-enactment followed by the narration of
anecdotes. As part of the Renée Rewald Literary Arts Series, the program is free.

Sep
24
Sat
2016
Candide presented by Savoyards Musical Theatre Ltd.
Sep 24 @ 8:00 pm


Candide PR GraphicSavoyards Musical Theatre Ltd. presents a special performance of Candide on Saturday, September 24th at 8pm at the historic Morgan Opera House. With a score by legendary Leonard Bernstein, a witty book by Hugh Wheeler and lyric contributions by Stephen Sondheim, Candide is a “masterpiece for the ages”. Directed by Gary Mousdale, this production transplants Voltaire’s satire on mindless optimism (“Everything is for the best in this best of all possible worlds!”) from the salons of 18th century to the cafes of the dolce vita 1960s. Fast-paced, riotously funny, and with some of the most gorgeous singing in any Broadway score, Candide is a show which will not fail to entertain! The cast is led by tenor Andrew Hudson-Sabens as Candide and soprano Karen Wonder Dumont as Cunegonde. Savoyard favorites also appearing are Anthony DiRenzo as Voltaire, Doug Mathews as Dr. Pangloss, and Elizabeth Frank as the Old Lady. Newcomer Sarah Weldon portrays Paquette and Nick Roscoe is Maximillian. They are joined by a cast of 26 prepared by Music Director Katrina Kuka. The show will be accompanied by Mary Holzhauer at the piano. Candide is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

 

 

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Apr
29
Sat
2017
Absinthe
Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm

Absinthe, one of the three winners of the 2015 Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition, is an original play by Joe Musso.   It’s July 1900, and a race riot has engulfed New Orleans, sparked by a black man killing two white policemen.  As the riot unfolds in the streets, the relationship between Grace, a genteel blind woman, and Curtis, her black house servant, unravels.

Tickets: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Students $5

The Director: 

Marianna Raho is a graduate of Oberlin Music Conservatory and Wells College.  She has performed in cabarets, musicals, and straight plays throughout the US and the United Kingdom where she lived for several years. In previous years, she has directed The Long Strange trip of Mr. Rip Van Winkle and Blackbirds’ Garden for MOH.  She currently teaches and resides in Elmira, NY.

The Playwright:

Joe Musso lives in Montgomery, Alabama, with his wife and three dogs. He has been writing plays for over a decade and has won numerous awards, including the Great Plains Theatre conference Holland New Voices Award, the MTWorks Excellence in Playwriting Award, and the HRC Showcase Theatre W. Keith Hedrick Playwriting Award.  His plays , which have been presented in numerous theatres across the US and abroad encompass a variety of styles – romantic comedy, farce, horror, absurdism, and magical realism.   Many of Joe’s plays for young actors are published by Heuer Publishing and Brooklyn Publishers.  Applause Theatre and Cinema Books included his play Bam! Ka-Pow! in its anthology “25 Ten-Minute Plays for Teens.”

Program Notes: 

Robert Charles, a quiet intense man, was a black activist who supported black emigration to Liberia, Africa as a response to white terrorism in the South. He read extensively and collected guns, but broke no laws.  The New Orleans Race Riot of 1900 evolved as the result of Charles’ harassment by and subsequent killing of two white police officers.  He fled.  Not surprisingly, the following day a crowd of residents gathered and called for his lynching; numerous events of lawlessness and civil unrest occurred over the next three days as mobs of whites roamed the streets attempting to ferret him out.  The mob frequently fired indiscriminately into the black community; several were killed and many injured.

The riot was exacerbated by local newspapers that reported African-Americans were to blame for the unrest.  Some African-Americans provided assistance to Charles in his flight; others were sympathetic because of the growing voting and civil rights restrictions in the city long known for its racial tolerance.  Ultimately, Charles was shot and his body mutilated.  The rioting ended when the mayor deputized 1500 special police and requested assistance from the state militia.

Apr
30
Sun
2017
Absinthe
Apr 30 @ 3:00 pm

Absinthe, one of the three winners of the 2015 Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition, is an original play by Joe Musso.   It’s July 1900, and a race riot has engulfed New Orleans, sparked by a black man killing two white policemen.  As the riot unfolds in the streets, the relationship between Grace, a genteel blind woman, and Curtis, her black house servant, unravels.

Tickets: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Students $5

The Director: 

Marianna Raho is a graduate of Oberlin Music Conservatory and Wells College.  She has performed in cabarets, musicals, and straight plays throughout the US and the United Kingdom where she lived for several years. In previous years, she has directed The Long Strange trip of Mr. Rip Van Winkle and Blackbirds’ Garden for MOH.  She currently teaches and resides in Elmira, NY.

The Playwright:

Joe Musso lives in Montgomery, Alabama, with his wife and three dogs. He has been writing plays for over a decade and has won numerous awards, including the Great Plains Theatre conference Holland New Voices Award, the MTWorks Excellence in Playwriting Award, and the HRC Showcase Theatre W. Keith Hedrick Playwriting Award.  His plays , which have been presented in numerous theatres across the US and abroad encompass a variety of styles – romantic comedy, farce, horror, absurdism, and magical realism.   Many of Joe’s plays for young actors are published by Heuer Publishing and Brooklyn Publishers.  Applause Theatre and Cinema Books included his play Bam! Ka-Pow! in its anthology “25 Ten-Minute Plays for Teens.”

Program Notes: 

Robert Charles, a quiet intense man, was a black activist who supported black emigration to Liberia, Africa as a response to white terrorism in the South. He read extensively and collected guns, but broke no laws.  The New Orleans Race Riot of 1900 evolved as the result of Charles’ harassment by and subsequent killing of two white police officers.  He fled.  Not surprisingly, the following day a crowd of residents gathered and called for his lynching; numerous events of lawlessness and civil unrest occurred over the next three days as mobs of whites roamed the streets attempting to ferret him out.  The mob frequently fired indiscriminately into the black community; several were killed and many injured.

The riot was exacerbated by local newspapers that reported African-Americans were to blame for the unrest.  Some African-Americans provided assistance to Charles in his flight; others were sympathetic because of the growing voting and civil rights restrictions in the city long known for its racial tolerance.  Ultimately, Charles was shot and his body mutilated.  The rioting ended when the mayor deputized 1500 special police and requested assistance from the state militia.

May
13
Sat
2017
The Sorcerer presented by Savoyards Musical Theatre
May 13 @ 8:00 pm

Love is in the air, magic is at work and a love potion is about to create havoc with the affections of an entire village. Chaos ensues until someone willingly breaks the spell so the path of true love can run smoothly once more. This early work of Gilbert & Sullivan features all of their famous range of songs such as comic duets, patter song and the double chorus. Join us this spring for an evening of music and laughter. Stage Director: Melissa Snyder; Music Director: Scott Miller.

 

 

 

Dec
1
Sat
2018
Incendiary Agents
Dec 1 @ 8:00 pm

“Incendiary Agents” is one of three plays selected as winners of the Morgan Opera House’s seventh Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition. Set in the 1960s, against the backdrop of anti-establishment rebellion, Jim Crow and the Viet Nam war, this original play focuses on a small group of idealists, including two members of the clergy, who determine to protest the war by breaking into a federal building to destroy draft records.  The consequences of the “simple” burglary are greater than anything they might have imagined.  Jack Karp’s work explores the questions,  “What impels people to march and plot and be willing to be arrested for their beliefs.  How do they draw the line between what they’re willing to protest and what they’re not?”  Directed by Siouxsie Easter, Associate Professor of Theatre at Wells.

Dec
2
Sun
2018
Incendiary Agents
Dec 2 @ 3:00 pm

“Incendiary Agents” is one of three plays selected as winners of the Morgan Opera House’s seventh Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition. Set in the 1960s, against the backdrop of anti-establishment rebellion, Jim Crow and the Viet Nam war, this original play focuses on a small group of idealists, including two members of the clergy, who determine to protest the war by breaking into a federal building to destroy draft records.  The consequences of the “simple” burglary are greater than anything they might have imagined.  Jack Karp’s work explores the questions,  “What impels people to march and plot and be willing to be arrested for their beliefs.  How do they draw the line between what they’re willing to protest and what they’re not?”  Directed by Siouxsie Easter, Associate Professor of Theatre at Wells.

Aug
16
Fri
2019
We Will Not Be Silent
Aug 16 @ 8:00 pm

Individuals are sometimes willing to risk everything for a cause in which they believe.  But how far is one willing to go to risk the lives of friends and family?  We Will Not Be Silent explores this dilemma as it presents the intense confrontation between 21-year-old Sophie Scholl, a university student activist who led the only major act of civil resistance to the Nazi during WW II, and Kurt Grunwald, her interrogator.  Both wield strength; one wields power. Based on the true events which occurred in Munich, Germany in 1943.

The cast includes Jim Byrne as Kurt Grunwald, Mallory Cleere as Sophie Scholl, and Luke Lauchle as Hans Scholl. Patti Goebel is the set and lighting designer. Production assistant is Liz Sherman.

We Will Not Be Silent is the 13th original play to be performed at the Morgan Opera House as a winner of the Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition.  Written by David Meyers and directed by Siouxsie Easter, Professor of Theatre at Wells College.

David Meyers is an actor and playwright based in Los Angeles and New York. As a writer, his plays have been produced and read off-Broadway, and at regional theaters across the country. He has been published by Applause, Smith and Kraus, and more. As an actor, he has appeared on TV, film, and national commercials. www.DavidActs.com  @DaveActs