Notre Dame's Department Of Film, Television, And Theatre Announces 2018/19 Theatre Season

Notre Dame's Department Of Film, Television, And Theatre Announces 2018/19 Theatre SeasonNotre Dame's Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) announces four productions for its 2018/19 theatre season, including a classic French comedy, the world premiere of a student-written musical, and an adaptation of the beloved American novel, The Great Gatsby.

Kicking off the season will be ND Theatre NOW! (September 27 - October 7), a slot in the mainstage season which annually features a production realized entirely by student artists. This year, FTT presents two one-act plays with an absurdist take on the American Dream - WASP by Steve Martin, directed by Najmeddine Harrabi '19, and American Roulette by Tom McCormack, directed by Róisín Goebelbecker '19.

Later in the fall, FTT presents Molière's satirical farce The Imaginary Invalid (November 14-18), adapted by Constance Congdon and based on a new translation by FTT alumnus Dan Smith '98. Awash in medical bills, a determined hypochondriac desperately tries to marry off his daughter to a doctor in order to acquire free medical care. Carys Kresny will direct.

The spring semester kicks off with a world-premiere musical, Stupid Humans, with book and lyrics by FTT junior Jorge "Jay" Rivera-Herrans and directed by FTT's head of musical theatre, Matt Hawkins (February 21 - March 3). Throughout the fall semester, Rivera-Herrans and Hawkins, who have been collaborating on script development for the past year, will be workshopping the musical with FTT students through a new musical theatre lab course led by Hawkins.

The season will culminate in April with F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby (April 10-14), adapted by Simon Levy and directed by FTT's Anton Juan. Levy transforms Fitzgerald's novel into a streamlined yet faithful adaptation, bringing the opulence and excess of the Jazz Age to the Decio stage.

"It seems these days we live in a world where nothing is as it seems and rarely goes as we planned," says FTT's Director of Theatre, Kevin Dreyer. "This year's theatre season looks at our world through a broad range of material - absurdist comedy, musical drama, slapstick farce, and a classic American novel - all combining to help us make sense of this wonderfully diverse nation in which we live."

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