Lansing Community College Performing Arts announces its 2018-2019 Season
Dead Ringer by Gino Dilorio
Directed by Mary Matzke
Sept. 28-29, Oct. 5-6 @ 8 p.m.
Tyrus Cole, a horse trainer, lives on a ranch with his invalid sister Mary. Because he can't watch her during the day, Tyrus has Mary confined to a root cellar. When Dwight Foley arrives at the ranch seeking help with his horse, he and Mary fall in love and begin plotting the demise of Tyrus and their eventual escape. Their plan escalates and in the end, the three find themselves trapped in a complex web of greed and secrets.
Winner! 2005 BBC International Playwriting Contest
"You don't see a lot of film noir westerns, but that genre turns out to be a winning combination... Humor was never a big factor in 1940s and '50s film noir, but it has a place here. Mr. DiIorio's low-key jokiness comes from attitude and from the smooth use of western vernacular... Forcefully absorbing. – The New York Times
HAIR the Musical by Gerome Ragni, James Rado and music by Galt Macdermot
Directed by Dr. John Lennox
Nov. 2-3, 9-11, Friday and Saturday @ 8 p.m., Sunday @ 2 p.m.
HAIR celebrates the sixties counterculture in all its barefoot, long-haired, bell-bottomed, beaded and fringed glory. To an infectiously energetic rock beat, the show wows audiences with songs like “Aquarius,” “Good Morning, Starshine,” “Hair,” “I Got Life,” and “Let The Sun Shine.” Exploring ideas of identity, community, global responsibility and peace, HAIR remains relevant as ever as it examines what it means to be a young person in a changing world. (Tamms Whitmark)
Student Body by Frank Winters
Directed by John Lepard
Feb. 15-16, 22-24, 2019. Friday and Saturday @ 8 p.m., Sunday @ 2 p.m.
“Sexual assault on college campuses … addressing the problem is thornier than it sounds. Should campuses adjudicate cases, or only police? What if the victim wants privacy or nobody’s really sure what happened at all? These tricky questions propel the action in STUDENT BODY, Frank Winters’s compelling drama … A group of buddies is hanging out in their campus’s scrappy theater, surrounded by plywood and power tools, when a freshman arrives seeking advice. She has discovered video on her camera from last week’s party, and amid the revelry is footage of what looks like a rape. Should she call the cops? Delete the file? What if the apparent victim was willing — or the apparent rapist was someone they know? As the group debates, argues, and eventually votes (then votes again, and again) on what to do, stories from that night emerge, revealing that everyone present played some role in what happened, and everyone has something to lose … Winters constructs it succinctly, keeping the focus on the difficult ethical questions, not on teary confessions of knowledge or guilt. After all, if nailing one culprit solved much, it wouldn’t make for such interesting drama.” —Miriam Felton-Dansky, The Village Voice
Pageant Play by Matthew Wilkas and Mark Setlock
Directed by Paige Tufford
March 29-30, April 5-7, 2019. Fridays and Saturday @ 8 p.m., Sunday @ 2 p.m.
Welcome to the hilarious, terrifying and surreal world of child beauty pageants. Pinky Corningfield will do anything to make sure her little angel wins the ultimate title, Supreme Queen. When Marge, a newcomer to the pageant circuit, shows up and starts grabbing all the glory, Pinky and her minions, Bob and Bobby, use some unorthodox methods in order to ensure her darling, Chevrolet, is victorious. Glitz. Glamour. Kidnapping. Money. Really, really small false teeth.
"…hilarious…a crowd pleaser…this endeavor seems assured of a long afterlife on the theater circuit." —TheaterMania.com. "…really, really funny…hilarious…also about something real…one of the funniest plays of 2008." —Boston Globe. "…a lot of silly fun." —CurtainUp.
(For this production, the director will be working with the Sign-Language program for a more immersive signed experience. Signers will be on stage during the performance and will participate in auditions and in the rehearsal process.)