February 15, 2017
Writer: College of Performing and Visual Arts

The Telephone and Trouble in Tahiti

Performed in English with supertitles

Directed by Richard Clifford and David Olsen

The Department of Theatre and Dance and the Department of Music collaborate to bring two 20th century operas to the intimate chamber of the Black Box Theater. This pairing of short, on-act operas examines the fragile relationships of two different couples and the difficulties of genuine communication.

In Gian Carlos Menotti's comic one-act The Telephone, a young suitor, Ben, comes to visit Lucy at her apartment and wants to ask her an important question. Then the phone rings - and rings again - and again. Ben becomes increasingly desperate while Lucy becomes increasingly distracted with repeated and interminable conversations on the telephone.  

Leanord Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti shows one day in the life of Sam and Dinah - comfortably married, living the American Dream. But things in paradise are not how they appear. The constant demands of modern life have caused them to drift apart. Sam and Dinah now live parallel lives: lonely, longing for love, and desperately struggling to regain their lost affection for each other.

February 15, 17-18, 22, 24-25

7:30 p.m.

Snow Black Box Theater

Admission is $3 for Students and $6 for the General Public

No Children under six. Event Dress