Action, intrigue, scandal and revenge are some of the ingredients of this year’s theater season at NCC, with an eclectic selection of shows that include a critically acclaimed rock opera and a legendary tragedy.
“We’re looking forward to an exciting theater season at NCC,” says Theater professor Bill Mutimer, director of the first show on the schedule.
First up this semester is “Rent”, a musical based on Puccini’s “La Boheme,” which has been a classic of musical theater in the past century. The 1994 rock opera by Jonathan Larson follows a group of friends in New York’s East Village as they try to figure out their place in the world. “Rent” will be presented in the Lipkin Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 to 26 and 3 p.m. Oct. 27.
The other show this fall is Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House.” This drama is a story about Nora, a housewife sick and tired of being kept in the house by her husband, Torvald. She wants to discover herself and assert her independence, a controversial notion when the play premiered in 1879. The show will be staged in the Norman Roberts Lab Theater at 7:30 p.m. from Nov. 21 to 25, except for a 3 p.m. matinee Nov. 24.
Admission is free for “Rent” and ‘A Doll’s House” with a donation of a canned good or $5.
Lined up for the spring is the Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” the tragedy about a Danish prince who gets caught up in a plot to kill the king. The other spring show, filled with intrigue and scandal, is “House of Bernarda Alba,” which revolves around a Spanish family in mourning. Dates for the spring shows have not been announced.
Mutimer says that the theater program wanted to involve more of the campus during this theater season, including the college’s English department with “Macbeth” and the Hispanic Caucus with “House of Bernarda Alba.”