April 17, 2013
Sophs Present Working and New Pieces
: Courtesy of Cornish College of the Arts.
Cornish 2nd-year theater students go into rolling rep to present two evenings of plays about working people and hard times including musical Working.
Moving through the academic year is not a random activity for students in the theater department at Cornish. Chair Richard E.T. White and Resident Producer Jan Hubert and the faculty carefully organize each year’s classes along thematic lines. Take the sophomore class for example. They are working not only as an ensemble but as a repertory company to present two evenings of theater in rolling rep this weekend, Working, a musical based on the Studs Terkel best-seller of the same name, and a double bill of two student-generated works. The two “generative” pieces are Everydaydreams and For Whom the Canary Sings. All three plays revolve around the theme of labor in America during hard times.
The plays open with Working on April 23, followed by Everydaydreams and For Whom the Canary Sings on the April 24. The two evenings of theater alternate at Raisbeck Performance Hall ‘til closing on April 28.
As the culmination of their year, these plays are what the department calls the “capstone” production for the sophomores. Earlier, they were involved in NIckel and Dimed, a play by Joan Holden based on the book by Barbara Ehrenreich Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, an exposé of the shabby treatment of the working poor. Created by the sophomore ensemble and directed by Tyler Polumsky and Hal Ryder, the generative plays that are being produced used the play as “a jumping-off point for a thematic investigation,” the department notes, “but the methodology of the process and the shape of the eventual production will be developed by the ensemble and the director.”
Based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with American workers, Working paints a vivid portrait of the men and women the world so often takes for granted: the schoolteacher, the phone operator, the waitress, the millworker, the mason, and the housewife, just to name a few. This new 2010 version of Working is a musical exploration of 26 people from all walks of life. The strength of the show is in the core truths that transcend specific professions; the key is how people’s relationships to their work ultimately reveal key aspects of their humanity, regardless of the trappings of the job itself.
Working is from the book by Studs Terkel, Adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso, with songs by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkhead, Stephen Schwartz and James Taylor. Directed by Kathleen Collins; musical direction by Scott Warrender and Jeff Bell. Performed by the Sophomore Ensemble.
Working plays at Raisbeck Performance Hall on Cornish campus April 23, 25, 27 at 8:00 pm and April 28 at 2:00 pm.
Everydaydreams and For Whom the Canary Sings play at Raisbeck Performance Hall on Cornish campus April 24, 26, 28 at 8:00 pm and on April 27 at 2:00 pm.
Tickets to all shows are also available by phone at Brown Paper Tickets, 1.800.838.3006. Teen Tix at the door, subject to availability.
Raisbeck Performance Hall is at 2015 Boren Avenue, Seattle, WA
Tickets are also available by phone at Brown Paper Tickets, 1.800.838.3006
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