The 2017-2018 Season
Spoon River College has announced its 2017-2018 theatre season.
For Spring 2018 SRC will present Sarah Ruhl’s 2003 play Eurydice. The show is a contemporary take on the Orpheus story of Greek mythology, told from the point of view of Eurydice, Orpheus’ wife. After dying and entering the world of the dead, Eurydice finds herself torn between returning to the world of the living or staying in the underworld with her beloved father. Ruhl’s play is by turns lyrical, surreal, wistful, and heart-wrenching. Eurydice runs March 2-4, 2018.
Each fall the program presents a sixty-minute version of a classic play, in a series called “Hour Classics.” For fall 2017, the college produced Oscar Wilde’s comedy The Importance of Being Earnest. This comedy of manners poked fun at the surface pretensions of members of Britain’s upper-crust society. Wilde’s play also lampooned the popular dramatic fiction of his day, with its episodes of mistaken identity and foundling babies implausibly falling back into the families from which they were originally lost. The Importance of Being Earnest ran Nov. 10-12.
Tickets for individual shows go on sale to the public three weeks prior to the opening of each show. Reservations and more information are available by calling (309) 649-6257.
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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for a printable brochure with information about the SRC Drama Program and student organization STAGE.