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2022-23 theatre season at Augustana

Tartuffe

Oct. 13 and Oct. 15-16, main stage

A classic comedy by French playwright Moliere, "Tartuffe" was banned by King Louis XIV shortly after it was performed in 1664. The play's portrayal of a con man who pretends to piety in order to swindle a family outraged the religious establishment in France.

Directed by Jeff Coussens, Augustana professor of theatre arts.

Performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15; or $12 for seniors; free for Augustana students; $10 for faculty and staff, students and children.

The Pitchfork Disney

Oct. 27-30, Black Box Theatre

Two adults living alone in London who lead a childish fantasy existence are terrorized by two strange men.

The surreal 1991 play by Philip Ridley initially met with negative reviews but later was well-received by young audiences. It now is considered a prime example of the 1990s British style of drama called "in-yer-face" theatre.

Directed by Lindsey Edwards '23.

Performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10; or $7 for seniors; free for Augustana students; $5 for faculty and staff, students and children.

Cabaret

Nov. 17-20, main stage

A musical theatre performer herself, Augustana's Shelley Cooper, assistant professor of theatre arts, will direct "Cabaret."

Set in 1929–1930 Berlin, the musical focuses on the hedonistic nightlife at the Kit Kat Klub and revolves around an American writer's relationship with a cabaret performer. The original Broadway production opened in 1966 and ran for 1,166 performances.

Performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15; or $12 for seniors; free for Augustana students; $10 for faculty and staff, students and children.

Small Mouth Sounds

March 16-19, 2023, main stage

Six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat but their vows of silence conflict with their need to connect. Playwright Bess Wohl says in her notes that everyone in the play is in some kind of agony, "not unlike the rest of us."

Directed by Ben Gougeon of Quad City Arts.

Performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15; or $12 for seniors; free for Augustana students; $10 for faculty and staff, students and children.

The God of Vengeance

April 13-16, 2023, Black Box Theatre

"The God of Vengeance" (Got fun nekome) by Sholem Asch was the first Yiddish drama performed in translation across Europe and America.

The play is about a Jewish brothel owner whose daughter has a lesbian relationship with one of her father’s prostitutes.

The producer and the cast were arrested and found guilty of obscenity charges when the play came to New York in 1923, but verdict was overturned on appeal.

Directed by Synth Gonzalez '23.

Performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15; or $12 for seniors; free for Augustana students; $10 for faculty and staff, students and children.

The Memo

May 11-14, 2023, main stage

This 1965 work by Czech playwright Václav Havel is a black comedy that parodies bureaucracy and conformity.

This satire of communist rule centers on the introduction of a new language that is meant to make work more efficient but has the opposite effect. 

Directed by Jennifer Popple, assistant professor of theatre arts.

Performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15; or $12 for seniors; free for Augustana students; $10 for faculty and staff, students and children.

Quad Cities Playwrights Festival

May, TBA

This showcase of 10-minute plays highlights new works by area playwrights high school age and up.

Dawson '20 is new executive director of Genesius Guild

Isabel Dawson '20 is the new executive director of Genesius Guild, a Rock Island community group that has offered free summer theatre for 66 years.

"The Captive" play poster

Relationship drama 'The Captive' on stage April 7-10

Augustana College will present "The Captive," April 7-10, a 1926 melodrama about a woman who pretends to be with a man but is in love with a woman. 

The 39 Steps cast

'The 39 Steps' zooms onto stage March 10-13

Augustana College will present “The 39 Steps” March 10-13,  a Hitchcock masterpiece crossed with a spy novel and a dash of Monty Python.

Genesius Guild: 'Electra'

The Genesius Guild will present  "Electra," a Greek tragedy by Sophocles, July 2-3 and 9-10.

Genesius Guild: 'Electra'

The Genesius Guild will present  "Electra," a Greek tragedy by Sophocles, July 2-3 and 9-10.

Genesius Guild: 'Electra'

The Genesius Guild will present  "Electra," a Greek tragedy by Sophocles, July 2-3 and 9-10.