Lycoming College Department of Theater announces dates for 2018-19 season

There is a flurry of activity on campus as Lycoming College unveils its 2018-19 theater season.

As in former years, two shows are scheduled for the Fall semester, with another two set for the Spring semester. At the beginning of each semester, open auditions are held for any student interested in joining the cast or crew of any production.

All productions are staged in the Mary L. Welch Theatre with an 8 p.m. curtain time.

Biliana Stoytcheva-Horissian, who has been on Lycoming College’s theater faculty since 2012, now, for the first year, chairs the Department of Theater.

This academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the Theater Department at Lycoming College, and the Theater Chair and faculty is planning events to mark this historic occasion.

The 2018-19 season


“Songs For A New World”

(Oct. 17-20)

Directed by Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater, C. Austin Hill, with Musical Direction by Dr. Gary Boerckel, this contemporary, abstract musical weaves characters and history together.

This is the first musical from Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown, who wrote the show’s music and lyrics. “Songs For A New world” is a moving collection of powerful songs which examines life, love and the choices we make.

“Blacktop Sky” (Nov. 28-Dec. 1)

This student-directed (Jennifer Spencer ’20) drama is set in the courtyard of a housing project where a homeless, young black man takes up residence.

Triggered by a fatal confrontation between a local street vendor and the police, the young man and a girl , who lives in the project, quickly develop a precarious bond.

“Blacktop Sky” examines the intersection of love, violence, and seduction. With adult language and situations, the play is recommended for mature audiences.

“The Drowning Girls”

(Feb. 20-23, 2019)

C. Austin Hill returns to the director’s chair for a second time in this “breathtaking fantasia and social critique”.

The unique storyline focuses upon three women who share a couple of things in common: each of the three were married to the same man — and each is dead!

Surfacing from the bathtubs they were drowned in, the trio gather evidence against their womanizing, murderous husband by reliving the shocking events leading up to their deaths.

As “The Drowning Girls” reflect on the adult situations of misconceptions of love, married life, and not so happily-ever-after, it is recommended for mature audiences.

“The School For Wives”

(Apr.10-13, 2019)

Associate Professor of Theater and Department Chair Biliana Stoytcheva-Horissian directs Moliere’s best known comedy.

“I find Moliere’s comedies extremely relevant and entertaining. I have performed in his comedies … and directed many of them. I also use them as a great teaching tool when leading workshops and master classes that focus on comedy and comic performance techniques,” she says.

Fearing cuckoldry above all else, Arnolphe has painstakingly trained naive Agnes to be an obedient, faithful wife. But romance finds Agnes in the form of dashing Horace, who unwittingly enlists his rival Arnolphe’s aid in wooing Agnes. With a series of hilarious twits and turns of plot, “The School For Wives” is a 17th century classical comedy with a funny but inevitable conclusion.