• Nick McGuire '14 and Kara Copeland '15 pose in character during a publicity shoot for Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

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  • With Mary-Louise Parker playing the lead role on Broadway, Davidson tackled Reckless, a darkly humored, melancholy tale of a runaway wife.

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  • Mr. Marmalade, directed by Quincy Newkirk '14, features the characters of four-year old Lucy and her imaginary friend.

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  • Students practice their lines and staging for the production of In Real Life, a play dealing with cyber-bullying and its consequences.

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  • Embracing the themes of magic and luck, Providence Gap is a story of finding oneself through friendship, love, myth and song inspired by Appalachian-bluegrass music.

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Theatre 2013-14 Season

The Theatre Department steadfastly presents theatre that matters and continues to resound beyond the performance night. We are committed to presenting theatre that stimulates the minds of our audience members while balancing the highest quality production values with material that is courageous in its content, form, and execution.

Our productions are often accompanied by symposiums and talk back discussions, which reflectively delve into the nuances of the scripted work. Productions are supported by our acting, directing, design, world theatre history and contemporary drama classes.

Visit the Theatre Department or email anrodriguez@davidson.edu for more information. For specific dates, showtimes, prices, and tickets stop by the Union Ticket Office, purchase online, or call 704-894-2135.

Past Productions (2013-14)

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Twelfth Night

November 1–2  •  Duke Family Performance Hall

Directed by Steve Umberger  •  Written by William Shakespeare
Shipwrecked and separated from her twin brother, Viola washes up on the shores of fantastical Illyria. Amidst the diverse assortment of Illyrian folk, tragedy quickly turns to comedy in this gender-bending, occasionally bittersweet tale of love lost and found. Twelfth Night easily earns its reputation as Shakespeare's most perfect comedy. For ages 10 and up.

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Reckless

November 13-17  •  Barber Theatre

Directed by Mark Sutch  •  Written by Craig Lucas
Like most fantastic misadventures, Rachel's begins with a run for her life. Fleeing the only home and family she's known, her escapades range from whimsical fortune to nightmarish tragedy. Her darkly comic search for bliss is ultimately a tale of triumph where a wild, crazy world eventually grants what we most need. For ages 13 and up.

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Mr. Marmalade

February 19-23  •  Barber Theatre

Directed by Quincy Newkirk '14  •  Written by Noah Haidle
Meet Lucy, a 4-year-old girl in such a bad spot that even her imaginary friend doesn't have time for her. Both reality and fantasy are dark for Lucy, whose only real friend is also New Jersey's youngest suicide case. Yet somehow, these two realms combine to produce comedy on a grand scale, merciless though it is, providing an expertly nuanced take on just what it means to be a grown up these days. For ages 13 and up.

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In Real Life

February 27-28  •  Barber Theatre

Directed by Sharon Green • Written by R.N. Sandberg
Centered around a group of school friends learning to negotiate friendship, jealousy, and the double-edged sword of modern connectivity, this play for young audiences explores cyber-bullying and its consequences. A post-show forum provides students and their families with an opportunity to investigate strategies to deal with cyber-bullying in their own lives. All tickets $5. For grades 7-10.

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Providence Gap

March 26-30  •  Duke Family Performance Hall

Directed by Ann Marie Costa • Written by Preston Lane and Laurelyn Dossett
Originally conceived and written by Preston Lane (Artistic Director of Triad Stage) and singer-song writer Laurelyn Dossett, Providence Gap receives its second world premiere at Davidson College. Making a special guest appearance, Dossett's crystal-clear bluegrass voice will soar with Davidson musicians and actors at every performance. Join us in celebrating our Appalachian heritage with a myriad of larger-than-life characters manning brothels, traveling bands, struggling farms, the trenches of World War I, and plenty in-between. It's a story of finding oneself through friendship, love, myth, and song. What is lost can indeed be found, if only you know where to look. For ages 12 and up.