“Thoughts and Dreams of Love” describes the Pitt-Greensburg Theatre Company’s 2016-2017 season. It is inspired by this passage from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act I, Scene 1, where Hermia reads:
If then true lovers have been ever cross'd,
It stands as an edict in destiny:
Then let us teach our trial patience,
Because it is a customary cross,
As due to love as thoughts and dreams and sighs,
Wishes and tears, poor fancy's followers.
In November, the Theatre Company will present an Evening of One Acts, consisting of three short plays. The evening begins with The Precious Damsels Ridiculed by Moliere, which portrays fashionable ladies—or so they would be seen—trying to show off how cultured they are to anyone who will listen and flatter them, including the pretentious servants of the suitors they rejected.
Following Moliere is When Shakespeare’s Ladies Meet by Charles George. This short play features several of Shakespeare’s heroines (Portia from Merchant of Venice, Desdemona from Othello, Cleopatra from Antony and Cleopatra, Ophelia from Hamlet, and Katherine from Taming of the Shrew) who have come to visit Juliet in order to give her advice about love—because, as everyone knows, they are such experts and did so well with the men in their plays.
Finally, the Company presents the world premiere of a new play, entitled 15 Frogs and Counting, written and directed by Kaitlyn Schmidt, senior Visual and Performing Arts major. Schmidt wrote the play in her Playwriting class, polished it in Directing class, and now is presenting it as her senior capstone project. The play depicts Lauren, a college student, who continually finds that the frogs she kisses are not going to turn into princes.
The Evening of One Acts will be performed in Ferguson Theater from November 17 through November 19 at 7:30 p.m. A matinee performance will be held November 20 at 2 p.m. in Ferguson Theatre.
Tickets, available at the door only, are $10 regular and $5 seniors/with Pitt ID. For more information, contact Stephen A. Schrum, PhD director of Theatre and associate professor of theatre, at 724-836-7483 or firstname.lastname@example.org.