Centenary Theatre Program announces 2023-2024 season at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse
SHREVEPORT, LA — Drama and classic Shakespeare will headline the Centenary Theatre Program’s 2023-2024 season, which will feature the talents of current students as well as CTP faculty and alumni. Ticket links and more information will be available throughout the season at centenary.edu/mlptickets.
The season opens in October 2023 with a new adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula from playwright-actor Kate Hamill. Centenary alumna Charity Schubert returns to campus to direct this production that confronts the sexism in Stoker’s original work, turning it into a feminist revenge fantasy. Schubert directed another adaptation of a classic, Erica Schmidt’s MAC BETH, for CTP in March 2023. The production was critically acclaimed and added two encore performances due to community demand. Dracula will be performed at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse (MLP) October 4 through 7, 2023. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
CTP’s second fall production showcases student talent and initiative in a One-Act Festival directed by students in the Production I class. The One-Act Festival runs November 8 and 9 at MLP.
In February 2024, MLP audiences will enjoy the diverse talents of CTP’s faculty as the program presents a production of Shakespeare’s King Lear. Theatre Department chair Logan Sledge will direct the production that features Professor Don Hooper in the title role. King Lear, regarded as one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, is a tragedy based on the mythological Leir of Britain and the misfortunes that befall him as he divides his power and land between two of his daughters in preparation for his old age. CTP’s production of King Lear opens February 22, 2024, with a 7:30 p.m. performance and continues February 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. and February 25 at 2:00 p.m.
The CTP season concludes in April 2024 with a mainstage student production to be announced in January 2024. The student production will be presented at MLP April 11 through 13 at 7:30 p.m. and April 14 at 2:00 p.m.
For more information about the Centenary Theatre Program, visit centenary.edu/theatre.