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STLCC-Forest Park Announces Theater Season

June 08, 2011

A modern retelling of Medea, an irreverent comedy about friendship from Oscar and Emmy winner Alan Ball, a reader’s theater of eccentric characters, and the traditional one-act festival comprise the 2011-2012 season of theater offerings at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park.

All performances are free admission, open to the public, and staged in the Mildred E. Bastian Center for the Performing Arts, 5600 Oakland Ave., St. Louis.

The season opens with five area colleges participating in the 21st annual One-Act Festival. Tim Daly will direct the Forest Park play. Three performances are set for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16-17, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 18, at 3 p.m. Audition dates to be announced.

Theater professor Carla Moody will direct “Freaks of the Cosmic Circus,” which she also compiled. It’s a reader’s theater performance of odd and eccentric characters from classical to contemporary prose, poetry and drama selections. The show will run for four performances, Nov. 3, 4 and 5 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. Audition dates to be announced.

An irreverent and funny look at the intricacies of friendship by Alan Ball (“American Beauty,” “Six Feet Under,” “True Blood”), "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress" will be presented Feb. 23, 24 and 25 at 8 p.m., and Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. Lynn Venhaus, an adjunct communications instructor, will director. During an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tenn., estate, five reluctant identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below. As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond in this touching celebration of the women’s spirit. Roles available for five women and one man (a charming bad-boy usher). Auditions Dec. 14 and 15 at 7 p.m.

The final presentation will be “Medea, A Homegirl’s Story,” by Mary Krell-Oishi, directed by Carla Moody. A retelling of Euripides’ tragic story of Medea is done in both classical and contemporary language. Performances will be April 19, 20, and 21 at 8 p.m. and April 22 at 3 p.m. Audition dates to be announced.