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It’s not often that college students have the opportunity to interact one-on-one with a true New York playwright—and especially not over the course of an entire semester. This fall, students in Furman’s theatre department have had the opportunity to take a playwriting course and work on productions with Randall David Cook, a 1991 Furman graduate and playwright.
Furman faculty play an integral role in student recruiting. They make telephone calls, attend out-of-town receptions and even invite prospective students and parents into their classrooms. This kind of personal attention makes Furman distinctive and helps boost student yield.
The Furman Theatre opened its ethereal production of William Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” to an appreciative audience last week. Shakespeare’s play, one of his last, is alternately labeled a comedy and a pastoral romance, and presents a fantastical story of love, cruelty, loss and redemption that spans 16 years and two kingdoms. The production is directed by Furman theatre arts professor Maegan Azar.
The Furman University Theatre will present “The Winter’s Tale” by William Shakespeare Wednesday, April 10 through Saturday, April 13 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 14 at 3 p.m.; and again Wednesday, April 17 through Saturday, April 20 at 8 p.m. in the Furman Playhouse. Tickets are $15 general admission, $13 for seniors and $8 for students. “The Winter’s Tale” is a timeless romance combining heartbreak with love, drama with comedy, and rebirth with forgiveness.
When Tyler Mitchell started his senior year at Furman, he was looking for a challenge. His theatre professors were happy to give him one: a chance to direct a full-length play. “We encourage students to take on projects that may be beyond their current skill level,” said theatre arts professor Jay Oney ‘78. “You have […]
According to a review in The Greenville News, a searing clash of values makes for a gripping evening of theater in Furman’s staging of John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt, A Parable.” The reviewer wrote that “Rhett Bryson’s taut production…offers some of the most focused, skilled and intense acting I’ve seen at the Furman Playhouse.”
John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt, A Parable” is the sort of play that Furman theatre arts professor Rhett Bryson likes best—one that doesn’t take sides. Bryson is directing the drama about a clash of wills between a conservative nun and a progressive young priest, which runs Feb. 7- 16 at the Furman Playhouse. The Greenville News wrote about the upcoming production.
Did he or didn’t he? Where’s the proof? A seed of doubt is sown. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play and filmed in 2008 with Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Doubt” is a mesmerizing, suspense-filled drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Sister Aloysius Beauvier believes in restraint, self-control and a rigid dedication to discipline. When she learns Father Flynn has taken a special interest in a troubled altar boy, she becomes suspicious of his progressive, engaging attitudes. Something must be done.
Fountain hopping. The bell tower kiss. Getting thrown in the lake on your birthday. Most students are familiar with the list of Furman traditions. But if you ask students in the theatre arts department, you”ll hear something different.
“I can’t wait to go play theatre darts,” said Kailie Melchior ’16. “It’s what gets me through the week.”
Lillian Hellman’s “The Children’s Hour” is about the corrosive power of a lie, how it can plague its victims and destroy lives. According to Greenville News arts writer Paul Hyde, Furman’s production of “The Children’s Hour” proves that the 1934 play still packs a powerful punch. Hyde wrote in his review that “director Jay Oney brings a crisp fluency and taut restlessness to this dialogue-heavy play” and “the student-led cast is solid.”