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To end the 2012-2013 school year, the Baylor theater department travels back to 1989 Romania during a time of constant fear and struggle as two families fight to survive the remnants of communism in Caryl Churchill’s “Mad Forest.”
The audience will follow the lives of these two families as they face the upheaval caused by the Romanian revolution.
There seems to be a general dislike of independent voters who vote party lines, based on ideas that those who vote party lines are uninformed, follow the crowd or are lazy.
Perhaps that reasoning is based on more than just their party labels, however.
Independent voters are generally not associated with a party of their own, though “independent voters” is slowly growing into its own party.
I recently had the pleasure of seeing “Born Yesterday,” an intellectual comedy directed by Jessi Hampton at the Baylor Department of Theatre Arts.
The play was written by Garson Kanin and first performed in 1946. Set in Washington, D.C., it follows the story of Billie Dawn, mistress of the rough junkyard tycoon Harry Brock. She is taken advantage of by Brock’s bribery and corruption, completely unaware of the consequences of his actions.
The play documents Billie’s education in the realms of politics and history as she learns to understand Brock’s unethical actions while discovering the beauty of a democratic system. Becoming politically informed allows her to stand up against the injustice in politics.
The Baylor theatre will be presenting a new line up of five plays for the Fall 2012 semester, giving students and faculty something to look forward to later in the year.
The students of the Baylor theatre department put on seven to eight productions each school year. The department will show two productions during the fall semester and three productions in the spring.
Baylor Theatre’s latest production gives audiences a glimpse into the world of contemporary plays, as well as a chance to see two premieres from the Baylor Theatre community.
“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” has been told and retold countless times with varying results.
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The Baylor theater department has begun rehearsing for the spring production of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” Master’s candidate Josiah Wallace, who is directing the production, gave the Lariat some insight into what the prospective audience can expect about this theatrical interpretation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel.
After two successful plays this semester, Baylor’s theater department has three more productions for students and faculty to look forward to in the spring.
The Baylor Theatre will continue the 2011-2012 season with “The Ruby Sunrise,” which will be playing 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 15-19 and 2:00 p.m. Nov. 19-20 in the Hooper Schaefer Fine Arts Center’s Mabee Theatre.