Jordan College of the Arts
Department of Theatre

 2011-12 Butler Theatre Mainstage Season

(mis) taken Identities

The Exonerated

 by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen

8 p.m. Aug. 29, free, no ticket required

Directed by WIlliam Fisher, performed by members of the Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre

The Exonerated uses actual words of individuals who were found innocent after years awaiting execution on death row to shed light and inspire conversation on one of the gravest and darkest possible topics: the power of our government to punish by death.

An Evening of Kathakali 

Featuring Christel DeHaan Visiting International Theatre Artist, Kunju Vasudevan in a performance of the classical dance/drama of Kerela, India.

8 PM  Sept. 22-24. $10-general public, free to Butler Students with ID, $5-other (non Butler) students and seniors.

Kathakali (187x 250)

  Kathakali is one of the two classical performing Arts of Kerala, India. It is a perfect fusion of a highly stylized form of acting with highly evolved gestural language, beautiful and graceful dance, singing of the text, percussion that adds meaning to the movements of the actor and creates the perfect mood, and also the awe-inspiring make-up and costume which make each character stand out.  Until recently only the stories from Hindu mythologies were adapted into kathakali, but the second half of the 20th century saw various stories from other sources being introduced.


In this story written by Aswathi Thirunal, King Kamsa ruled over Southern Kerala in the 18th century. Hearing a prophecy that the eighth child born to his sister Devaki and her husband Vasudeva would slay him, King Kamsa imprisons Devaki  and Vasudeva soon after their marriage ceremony and  mercilessly kills each of their seven infants born in captivity.  Their eighth child was Krishna, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu.  After he was born, the guard fell asleep and Krishna and his parents escaped to a house in the Ambadi village.  Learning of Krishna's whereabouts, King Kamsa summons Poothana, a shrewd and cunning demon, disguised as a beautiful lady, to kill Krishna.

Poothana finds Krishna in his cradle and is overwhelmed by his exquisite beauty.  She cannot bring herself to strangle him, but eventually resolves to kill the boy by applying poison to her breast and nursing him.  However, when she tries to remove the boy from her breast, rather then poisoning the young god, Krishna slowly sucks out her life force and Poothana dies instead.

The Priest & the Prostitute (Bhagvadajjukam)

Previews: 8 p.m. Nov. 2-3; performances  8 p.m. Nov. 4-5 and 10-12, 2 p.m. Nov. 6, 12 and 13

Directed by Kunju Vasudevan

The production will be developed by the student ensemble under Kunju's direction is a 7th century Sanskrit farce that centers around soul exchange and possession.  The production compliments and contrasts to the studio course taught by this years' resident VITA, in which students will focus on intensive movement, music, and the rigor of Kathakali.


by Moliere

TartuffePreviews: 8 p.m. Feb. 15-16; performances: 8 p.m. Feb. 17-18 and 23-25, 2 p.m. Feb. 19, 25 and 26

Directed by William Fisher

Moliere's final play, written in 1664, Tartuffe is one of the best-known and greatest comedies in the western theatre canon.  Our protagonist, Orgon's inability to sort virtue, piety, true love from deception, hypocrisy and ambition endangers the survival of his estate and his entire family.

The Love of Don Perlimplin for Belisa in the Garden

by Federico Garcia Lorca

Previews: 8 p.m. April 11-12; performances: 8 p.m. April 13-14 and 19-21; 2 p.m. April 15, 21 and 22

Directed by Elaina Artemiev

Lyric poetry, steamy love, mystery and magic by one of 20th century's most important dramatists and poets, Frederico Garcia Lorca.  One of Lorca's early plays that he united by the theme: Love and Death, he called The Love of  Don Perlimplin for Belisa in the Garden an erotic lace paper Valentine, in which the noble Don Perlimplín spares nothing to arouse true feelings in the heart of the young and supercilious Belisa.  What is on the surface a light, whimsical and musical story, becomes profoundly poetic and deeply moving.  It is a graphic-novel come to theatrical life, complete with magical characters and a deception that reveals the nature of eternal love.

All Performances fulfill the Butler Cultural Requirement and take place in the Butler Theatre, Lilly Hall, Room 168.

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