The WVU Division of Theatre and Dance 2005-06 season opens Nov. 4 with the playGood.
The tragedy/comedymusical,based on the work of British playwright C.P. Taylor, chronicles the story of how agoodman gets caught up in the nightmare of the Third Reich, if only in the workings of imagination.
Directed by assistant professor of theatre Phillip Beck,Goodopens in the Vivian Davis Michael Theatre at the Creative Arts Center Friday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. and runs through Nov. 13.
Performances on Nov. 8, 9, 10 and 11 will also begin at 7:30 p.m., and there will be four matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Nov. 5, 6, 12 and 13. The Nov. 6 matinee performance will be interpreted for the hearing impaired.
In addition, the public may attend twopreview nightson Nov. 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the previews are offered at a reduced rate by contacting the WVU Box Office.
Goodis taken from the bookGood: And a Nightingale Sang,which was published in 1990 and includes two plays by C.P. Taylor in one volume. The first is set in Germany in the 1930s and questions how humane people came to be swept along by the Nazi force. The second play is a portrait of a Newcastle working-class family in World War II.
Taylor, known for his range and vision, died in 1981 at 52, leaving behind a phenomenal legacy of more than 70 plays written in little more than 20 years. His plays includePeter Pan Man,To Be a Farmers Boy,The Black and White Minstrels,Gynt!You Are My Hearts Delight,andBring Me Sunshine, Bring Me Smiles.Taylor was known as a most humane writer who was unique in being equally at ease writing for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the West End or local theatres such as the Newcastle-based Live Theatre Company.
WVU students in the cast ofGoodinclude Jamie Froemel, Sarah Johnson, Jon Pacetti and Arron Keller.
Vocal coach and musician is Andrew Harris, a graduate student in the WVU Division of Music. Scenery is by Kristen Steed and costumes were designed by Meghan Mahoney. Lighting design is by Melanie Reif, sound is by Rebecca Lafferty, and stage manager is Kathanne Fields. Technical director is Joshua Frachiseur, assistant professor of theatre.
All tickets are $5 for this special event and seating in the Vivian Davis Michael Theatre is limited to 50. For tickets or information, call the Mountainlair Box Office at 304-293-SHOW.