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June 5, 2013

Upcoming Blinn – Brenham theatre season glimpses bygone era

Theme for 2013-14 is ‘Reflections of the Time’

The Blinn College – Brenham campus Theatre Arts Program will send patrons on a fascinating journey through history with its 2013-14 season, “Reflections of the Time.”

Audiences will get glimpses into the 1940s and ‘50s as well as the Industrial Revolution and the Victorian Era with a five-performance season that includes two musicals and the Theatre Arts Student Showcase, in which students direct and perform scenes from classic plays and contemporary works.

The season kicks off with “Red” by John Logan. This Tony Award-winning play takes place in the 1950s as American artist Mark Rothko is commissioned to paint a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons Restaurant. But as his assistant Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing.

The play will serve as the 2013 Theatre Faculty Showcase, with Technical Theatre Director Kevin Patrick playing the role of Mark Rothko, Theatre Instructor Jennifer Patrick serving as costume designer and Theatre Arts Director Bradley Nies serving as director.

Performances will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 5-7 and at 2 p.m. Sept. 8 in the MRW Studio Theatre in the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center (map). Special high school preview performances will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 5 and 6.

Blinn will present “Clue: The Musical!” Oct. 10-13 at the O’Donnell Center auditorium. Based upon the board game created in the 1940s, the play is written by Peter DePietro with music by Galen Blum, Wayne Barker and Vinnie Martucci, and lyrics by Tom Chiodo. In this musical, audience members randomly select cards to help the characters determine the murderer, weapon and location of the murder.

The curtain rises at 7 p.m. Oct. 10-12 and at 2 p.m. on Oct. 13. Blinn will host special junior high and high school preview performances at 1 p.m. Oct. 10 and 11. The play will be Blinn’s 2013 Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival entry.

Blinn will host its second musical of the season in November with “The Musicians of Bremen” by Sheila Wainwright and Alison Hedger. Set in 1812, “Musicians” tells the story of a donkey, dog, cat and rooster who are about to be replaced by modern farming equipment. Banding together, they take to the road to seek their fortune as musicians but soon find an abandoned cabin being used by robbers.

Performances will be held at the O’Donnell Center auditorium, with the curtain rising at 7 p.m. Nov. 14-16 and 2 p.m. on Nov. 17. Elementary school preview performances will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 13-14 and 1 p.m. Nov. 15. The play is produced as part of Blinn’s Service Learning project for the Brenham campus.

In February, Blinn will produce “Alice in Bed,” a dramatic fantasy by Susan Sontag set in the 1890s. “Alice” merges the life of Alice James, the brilliant sister of William and Henry James, with the heroine of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland.”

Performances will be held at the O’Donnell Center auditorium, with the curtain rising at 7 p.m. Feb. 20-22 and 2 p.m. Feb. 23. A high school preview performance will be at 1 p.m. Feb. 20 and 21. The play will be Blinn’s 2014 Texas Community College Speech and Theatre Association Play Festival entry.

Blinn will conclude the season April 10-11 with its Theatre Arts Student Showcase at the MRW Studio Theatre. Curtains rise at 7 p.m. both days and the Theatre Arts Program’s high school recruitment tour runs April 7-11.

Blinn’s Theatre Arts Program provides a quality education through study, application and experience, and is committed to engaging the College and area communities with a diverse offering of venues, interactions and performances. Each year, students apply their knowledge with at least four dramatic productions, two musical theatre ensembles as well as hosting local, regional and national presentations. For more information, visit: www.blinn.edu/finearts/theatre.html.