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Saint Louis University Theatre 2004-2005 Season

Far Away | RumorsMy Fair Lady | Trojan Women

Far Away by Caryl Churchill
Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 1, 2 and 8, 9 at 8PM
Sunday Oct. 3 at 2PM

Welcome to the mind of Caryl Churchill, one of the giants of contemporary British theater.Far Away is a beautiful but frightening glimpse of what outwardly seems another time, place and reality, but feels a little too much like here and now.

This short, sharp masterpiece introduces us to Joan. As she grows from child, to young woman, to wife, we enter her strange world filled with fear, where the difference between right and wrong has become clouded, and no one knows who or even what can be trusted any more.


Rumors by Neil Simon
Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 12, 13 and 19, 20 at 8PM
Sunday, Nov. 14 at 2PM

America's premier comic playwright delights audiences with this out-and-out funny offering. Four couples are at the home of a New York City deputy mayor and his wife to celebrate their anniversary. The party never begins because the host has shot himself in the head (only a flesh wound) and his wife is missing. His lawyer decides on a cover-up, which gets progressively more difficult to sustain as the guests arrive and no one can remember who has been told what about whom. Doors slam and hilarity abounds as the couples try to sort things out.

My Fair Lady
Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 18, 19 and 25, 26 at 8PM
Sunday, Feb. 20 at 2PM

Is there any more that needs to be said about this classic of musical theatre? The story is from the George Bernard Shaw's 1912 play, Pygmalion. The original production ran on Broadway from 1956 until 1962, making a star of the lead, Julie Andrews. It then became a movie in 1964 and won eight Academy Awards, including Best Film. Maybe it's enough to just say, "Nobody doesn't like My Fair Lady.

Trojan Women
Fridays and Saturdays, April. 15, 16 and 22, 23 at 8PM
Sunday, April 17 at 2PM

Great art has no limits of locality or time. Its tidings are timeless, and its messages are universal. The Trojan Women was first performed in 415 B.C., from a story of the siege of Troy. The terrors of war have not changed in three thousand years. What Seneca had to say of war then is what we are now still learning: even when it is most triumphant, it brings as much wretchedness to the victors as to the vanquished. The tragedy of war has not changed in any essential way.

Higher purpose. Greater good.
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