Theatre Program

The 2016-2017 Season

Spoon River College has announced its 2016-2017 theatre season.

Spring 2017 SRC presents Stewart Parker’s 1979 “play with music,” the Irish wartime comic drama Spokesong, March 3-5. Set in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the height of the unionist-republican conflict known locally as “The Troubles,” Spokesong tells the story of the conflict through the eyes of the Stock family, owners of a bicycle shop in Belfast, in two time periods: the 1970s and an earlier era beginning in the 1890s. The show features characters riding bicycles—and even a unicycle—onstage during the performance.

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Tickets for Spokesong go on sale to the public starting February 10, 2017. Call the Box Office at (309) 649-6257 to reserve your tickets today.

Beginning 2016-2017 season, SRC offers full-season subscriptions at a 25% discount, with subscribers receiving priority reserved seating at both plays. Subscriptions and more information are available by calling (309) 649-6257. 

The fall 2016 “Hour Classics” entry, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s nineteenth-century domestic drama A Doll’s House, running November 11-13. Ibsen is widely considered to be the “Father of Realism” in theatre, and A Doll’s House is among his best-known works. The play continues to receive attention for its proto-feminist theme. The SRC Theatre “Hour Classics” series presents a sixty-minute version of a classic play every fall semester.



SRC Drama Program

The SRC Drama Program has an academic curriculum that includes acting courses as well as drama-oriented classes for humanities and fine-arts credit. Each academic year, student-centered performance opportunities are available with planned productions in both fall and spring semesters. The Drama Program offers performing grants (scholarships) to recognize and reward the work of talented students.

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In the academic year 2015-16, the student organization STAGE: SRC Theatre Artists Group for Education was created. The group has as its advisor SRC drama and English instructor Douglas Okey. STAGE provides support and awareness for the program as well as a pool of interested and talented students to participate in theatre productions.

The SRC Drama Program has produced graduates who have gone onto careers in performance, including TV and film actor David Pires and, most recently, New York stage performer Kyle Motsinger. A student from the 1990s, Jacob Welch, is a theatre professor and award-winning lighting designer.

In the years since founding director Bob Gorg retired in 2008, the program has undergone various transitions. Most recently, in the 2013-14 academic year, the program had been in hiatus for the purpose of rebuilding. During that year, our “black-box” theatre production space was extensively renovated and updated through the expert consultation of SRC graduate Jacob Welch.

For more information about upcoming productions and opportunities in the SRC Drama Program, contact Douglas Okey at (309) 649-6308 or douglas.okey@src.edu. Click here for a printable brochure with information about the SRC Drama Program and student organization STAGE.

 Faculty Advisor

Douglas Okey
Instructor of English & Drama
douglas.okey@src.edu​​