An Evening of Senior Directed Plays
The Johnson High School Theatre Department is proud to present an evening of Senior-Directed plays: scenes from The Pillowman by Martin McDonaugh, Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire, The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute, Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon and Our Town by Thornton Wilder. Performances will be held May 31 and June 1 at 7 p.m. in Johnson’s Black Box Theatre. Admission is $5 at the door. Limited seating.
The Pillowman celebrates the raw, vital instinct to invent fantasies and speaks to the fears people mistakenly think they leave behind when they outgrow night lights. Martin McDonaugh’s black comedy plays a lot like “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” Yet for all of its bloodiness, real or imagined, this is a deeply felt play about what makes stories worth saving.
Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, Rabbit Hole is an emotional examination of grief. Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down. The play charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day.
The Shape of Things is an intense and disturbing study not only of the uses of power within human relationships, but also of the ethics involved in the relationship of art and life. This play challenges society’s most deeply entrenched ideas about art, manipulation and love.
Set in 1942, the thinly veiled autobiographical Lost in Yonkers chronicles the turbulent year Neil Simon and his older brother live with their overbearing grandmother. The 1991 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play is a coming-of-age story that resonates with warmth and poignancy.
Our Town, another Pulitzer Prize winner, presents a timeless commentary on the themes common to all great art: love, death and marriage. From its first production in 1938, the play struck a powerful chord with the American psyche, and it is as relevant today as it was then.
Contact: Suzanne Martin for more information 356-0400.
Posted May 6, 2013