Current Season

The Theatre Department produces an annual season of plays, offering a variety of performance and technical opportunities for both students and community members. The season includes classic and contemporary works, musicals, and children’s plays. All academic productions are free to the public and seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. No tickets and no reservations.


Fall 2017

Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph
Director: Beate Pettigrew
Bodker Black Box Theatre
Auditions: May 19, 2017

Performances:
Sept. 8-10, 15-17
Friday & Saturday 7:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 2 p.m.

Doug and Kayleen meet at the nurse’s office in their elementary school; she’s got a painful stomach ache, and he’s all banged up from a running dive off the roof of the school. Over the next thirty years, these scar-crossed lovers meet again and again, brought together by injury, heartbreak, and their own self-destructive tendencies. This is an unconventional love story about the intimacy between two people when they allow their defenses to drop and their wounds to show.


And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson by James Leonard Jr. 
Director:  Beate Pettigrew               
Polsky Theatre

Performances:
Nov. 10-12, 17-19
Friday & Saturday 7:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 2 p.m.

In a world where prejudice and casual cruelty are still too often the norm, we are transported to Jackson, Indiana, where Elizabeth Ann Willow, crippled at birth with polio, is confined to a wheelchair.  Although she tries to reach out and make friends, she becomes increasingly isolated and taunted by others due to their small town prejudices and fears.  The play captures not only the moving story of Elizabeth Ann’s inexorable descent into madness, but also the small-mindedness and unfeeling callousness of her fellow townspeople—whose fear of the unknown or abnormal makes them the unintentional agents of her destruction.  


The Green Works Project
Directors: Aubrey Urban & Timothy Noble
Bodker Black Box Theatre

Performances:
Dec. 7-10
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 7:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 2 p.m.

The Green Works Project are sustainably produced performances created on zero budget.  The empty space is designed using only re-purposed, re-used and recycled materials. This season, students and faculty will collaborate to create an evening of exploration in dramatic structure, presenting a one-act and two short plays that journey from the birth of absurdism to modern day comic short form: "The Bald Soprano" by Eugene Ionesco, and "Words! Words! Words" and "Universal Language" by David Ives.


Spring 2018

Fisherman and the Goldfish
Director: Aubrey Urban
Bodker Black Box Theatre

Performances:
Feb. 9-11
Friday 7:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.

Appropriate for all ages.

Based on a Russian story by Alexander Pushkin, this is the tale of an old fisherman who catches a glistening, talking goldfish.  The beautiful fish promises the old man anything he desires, if he will just release the fish back into the sea.  The old fisherman is struck by wonder, and kindly releases the fish without making any wish or demand.  But when he returns home to tell his wife of this wondrous thing, she scolds him and sends him back time after time to the fish, with wishes for more and bigger things each time.  See what happens as the wife's greed gets the better of her!

In addition to performances on campus, the JCCC children's play annually tours to schools, libraries and other locations. If you'd like to book the tour at your venue, please email Professor Timothy Noble, tour manager, or call him at 913-469-8500, ext. 3982


The Blank Space:  a devised theatre project
Director:  Coleman Crenshaw               
Bodker Black Box Theatre

Performances:
March 2-4, 9-11
Friday & Saturday 7:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 2 p.m.

Appropriate for ages 16 & older.

Students enrolled in Special Topics: Physical Theatre & Ensemble Creation Fall 2016 or Special Topics:  Devised Production Spring 2018 have the opportunity to develop and perform a devised performance piece.

 

 

 

 


You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown by Clark Gesner
Dog Sees God by Bert V. Royal
Directors: Guy Gardner
Polsky Theatre

Performances:
April 27-29, May 4-6
Friday & Saturday 7:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 2 p.m.

This inventive concept will introduce audiences to two shows in one production. 

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown is appropriate for all ages. Dog Sees God is appropriate for ages 16 and older. The two shows will be separated by an intermission, allowing younger audiences to see Charlie Brown only.

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revised) is a fresh approach to the all-time 1967 classic. Sally Brown joins Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder and Snoopy in this version.  

Dog Sees God takes us into the teenage years: when Charlie Brown's dog dies from rabies, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife. His best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation; his sister has gone goth; his ex-girlfriend has recently been institutionalized; and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of solace. But a chance meeting with an artistic kid, the target of this group's bullying, offers CB a peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity collide and careen toward an ending that's both haunting and hopeful.