Centenary Theatre Program announces 22-23 season
SHREVEPORT, LA — The Centenary Theatre Program (CTP) plans a diverse and exciting season featuring four mainstage productions from October 2022 through April 2023. All performances will be held at Centenary’s Marjorie Lyons Playhouse (MLP) and tickets will be available at centenary.edu/mlptickets. CTP productions are free for Centenary students, faculty, and staff.
The season opens October 20 with “Evening of One-Acts,” a double bill of plays set in New York City. Charlie Roppolo ’22, a CTP alumnus, directs Yasmina Reza’s Tony Award-winning God of Carnage, while John Gayle takes on Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story. From God of Carnage, which a New York Times reviewer described as, “a study in the tension between civilized surface and savage instinct,” to the provocative and suspenseful interaction between two strangers depicted in The Zoo Story, these short plays illuminate and dissect the human condition. “Evening of One-Acts” will be performed on October 20, 21, and 22 at 7:30 p.m. and October 23 at 2:00 p.m.
The CTP season continues in November 2022 with another Tony Award winning play, Brian Friel’s 1992 masterpiece, Dancing at Lughnasa. Tyrrell Woolbert will direct Centenary’s production of a piece that the New York Post called, “a wondrous experience,” and Time Magazine noted as, “the most elegant and rueful memory play since The Glass Menagerie.” Set in a small Irish village in 1936, Friel’s story utilizes the memories of a child to follow five unmarried sisters and the unexpected disruptions and shifts that occur in their lives during one fateful summer. CTP’s Dancing at Lughnasa will open at MLP on November 10 with a 7:30 p.m. performance. The run includes two additional evening performances on November 11 and 12 and will conclude with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on November 13.
Erica Schmidt’s MAC BETH, a modern recontextualization of Shakespeare’s classic Macbeth, opens the second half of the CTP season in March 2023. Charity Schubert will direct Centenary’s production of this one-act play where seven teenage girls immerse and ultimately lose themselves in a “DIY” retelling of Shakespeare’s bloody tale. A review from BroadwayWorld.com called MAC BETH, “a…gritty adaptation that will leave you speechless,” praising the play’s ability to, “…take the classic tale of ambition and lust for power, mix it with an ensemble of seven young women with dark imaginations, and add toxic manipulations…We are reminded how good men, or in this case good girls, are capable of appalling things.”
MAC BETH will be performed at MLP on March 2, 3, and 4, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. and March 5 at 2:00 p.m.
The CTP season concludes in April 2023 with a showcase of work from the program’s Production IV class. Details for those performances, to be held April 20 through 23, will be released at a later date.
Visit centenary.edu/theatre throughout the season for updates and ticket information.
About the Centenary Theatre Program
The Centenary Theatre Program (CTP) brings together a diverse group of talented, hardworking theatre students driven to become professionals. Learn more at centenary.edu/theatre.