Shakespearean Experience

Hanover College theatre to open
season in new 100-seat facility

‘The Other Place’ will replace
Parker Auditorium for now

(October 2014) – Hanover College Theatre will stage its 2014-15 season at its new theatrical venue, The Other Place, located in the former Donner Lecture Hall.
In need of repairs and upgrades, Parker Auditorium is currently closed for public performances. The new location is a 100-seat theater whose name is a bow to the Royal Shakespeare Co.’s small studio theater in Stratford, England, of the same name. Conversion of the space includes installation of audience risers, a stage, lighting equipment and air conditioning.

Other Place Sign

Photo by Patti Watson

The Other Place theatre is located inside Donner Hall.

“We are excited by this opportunity for our students to be part of building a new, second theater stage,” said Professor of Theatre Jim Stark. “The intimacy of The Other Place between actors and audience, and the enforced simplicity of staging, are a 180-degree change from the large stage and 700-seat auditorium in Parker. It will be a creative time of discovery and growth for our students, faculty and audiences, who will see theater done in imaginative new ways.”
The season begins with “The Dining Room,” by A.R. Gurney Jr., directed by Stark. The show runs Oct. 3-5 at 7:30 p.m. In this charming comedy, generations nourish, nurture and nettle each other with their napkins in their laps. First performed at Playwrights Horizons in New York City in 1982, and written by one of America’s foremost contemporary playwrights, the play has established itself as a classic in theaters around the country.
Second up on Nov. 13-16 at 7:30 p.m., is an evening of one-act plays, selected and directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Paul Hildebrand. “Rupert’s Birthday,” a poignant dramatic monologue, opens the evening. In it, an old woman in a rocking chair tells us the story of why the birth of a calf named Rupert is the only birthday she celebrates. “Trifles,” a turn-of-the-century psychological mystery by Susan Glaspell, is widely considered to be one of the first American feminist plays. The final show is a one-act musical comedy, “Cross Dressing,” translated and freely adapted from a 15th century French farce, by Hildebrand, who said, “Like any good farce, the show is bawdy, irreverent and full of banana peels!”
Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” directed by Stark, runs Feb. 12-15 at 7:30 p.m. In this romantic comedy, four young men vow to give up the company of women in order to concentrate on their studies, but it doesn’t work out that way.
The production will tour to perform at the Shakespeare Birthplace in Stratford, England, during May term. This marks the 50th anniversary of the partnership between the Hanover College Theatre and the Shakespeare Birthplace, through the course, Shakespeare in England.
Every other May term, the course takes students for three weeks of immersion in Shakespeare at the Birthplace and at the Royal Shakespeare Co. in Stratford and London.
“This will be an unforgettable experience for the students participating in this tour,” said Stark, “and another significant event in the history of the Hanover College Theatre and our focus on Shakespeare studies and performance.”
The season concludes March 27-28 with the perennial audience favorite, an evening of new 10-minute plays written by the fall playwriting class and directed by the winter directing class. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
“This always entertaining annual program features a broad range of plots and styles,” said Hildebrand, “with the energy and humor one anticipates from all student-created work.”
All theatre productions are free to Community Arts Series subscribers. Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 high school and under. (Check suitability for children.)
The Other Space is located on College Avenue between Donner and Ide dormitories, across from the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house. Parking is in the lot by the Administration Building. Look for prominent signage.
With seating limited to 100 a night, rather than the 700 seats audiences have been used to, advanced reservations are highly recommended. Visit hanover.edu/arts or call the campus box office at (812) 866-7110.

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