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"On the Verge" Theatre Production

September 22-26 (7:30pm)

Hedrick Little Theatre

Category: Theatre Productions


by Eric Overmyer; Directed by Kindra Steenerson

In On the Verge, playwright Eric Overmyer sweeps us off on a linguistic safari exploring wit, wisdom, and the wilderness that is imagination.

From the terra firma of their own era, three Victorian women (Fanny, Mary, and Alex) expedition into the unknown, discovering Terra Incognito and "osmosing" the future (spoiler alert: it's slang and Cool Whip!). Mel Gussow called the play, "A frolicsome jaunt through a continuum of space, time, history, geography, feminism, and fashion."

Indeed, watching the three heroines dive in to their experiences, confronting dirigibles, a yeti, Mr. Coffee, 1955, and Rock n' Roll, it becomes clear their helmets are not all that's pith-y.

Opening Night Reception
If you attend Catawba's MainStage opening night production of On The Verge on September 22, you are formally invited to attend a reception following the performance where there will be a toast given and an opportunity to meet with the cast and crew of the production.

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exp-form.jpgAbout this Season: Experiments in FORM
This season, the Catawba Theatre Arts program presents six performances with the thematic goal of looking at the conversation that happens in the creative act between the form of a work of art and its content (its story, message, or meaning). Each of the pieces presented this season represents a shift in perspective on theatrical form — a “new shape” for their time—crafted by the playwrights and choreographers to more effectively contain the political, philosophical, and aesthetic essence of each work’s historical and cultural moment. The directors this season (four faculty, two students and one guest) will examine questions like: How does the structure of a piece connect to its story? How is the form of a piece reflective of the culture that invented it? How do we, as artists, interrogate a historical form to make its content relevant to contemporary audiences? How does content determine form and how does form determine content?

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