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The Department of Theatre is overseen year-round by our professional residential theatre, Mercury Theatre Company. Performance opportunities range from intimate plays to full-scale musicals. One production is presented each semester. There are also additional performance opportunities throughout the school year and in the summer months with Mercury Theatre Company.

Mercury Theatre Company exists to create extraordinary theatrical experiences, and to advance theatre as a means of educating, challenging and inspiring the Greater Cleveland community and its young people through family-friendly programming of rarely seen and premier works, innovative staging, and through its educational outreach and My First Musical program.

 

NEW THEATRE PLAY FESTIVAL

Tuesday, November 26 at 7 pm (prelims 1)
Wednesday, November 27 at 5:30 pm (prelims 2)

Announcing the Finalists for the 2019 NDC Performing Arts New Play Festival

After reading and reviewing 493 submitted works for our inaugural year, we are thrilled to announce that Midnite by Reina Hardy, #gunsense by Clarinda Ross and Bunnyboy by Philip Kaplan as the three finalists to be presented in the Festival, November 26-27, 2019 in the Regina Auditorium on Notre Dame College Campus.

The festival will include a public reading of each of the three works, utilizing students and faculty from the NDC Performing Arts Department. The winner will be chosen by the selection panel, with consideration given to an audience vote, and announced upon the conclusion of the Festival. The winner of the Notre Dame College Performing Arts New Play Festival will receive a $500 prize and a fully-developed and produced show as part of the Spring 2020 Semester Season.

The 2019 Festival Schedule is:

Tuesday, November 26
7 pm
Midnite by Reina Hardy
When a group of college film majors venture into the woods to make an ill-advised horror movie, they encounter supernatural forces of love and madness. Based on Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Wednesday, November 27
5:30 pm
#gunsense by Clarinda Ross
#gunsense" is a series of stories that speak to the heart of America’s gun debate. Stories from today are set against the backdrop of what sensible gun ownership looked like a generation ago. The healthy father/daughter relationship that includes a love of sport-shooting is juxtaposed with non-linear scenes of today’s epidemic of gun violence. The play calls for common sense gun reform without demonizing responsible sportsmen and gun owners.

7:00 pm
Bunnyboy by Philip Kaplan
Through a series of accidents, Peter, a sixth grader, develops superpowers and becomes Bunnyboy. Now what? Peter and his friends Skip and Karen, discover, it’s complicated being a superhero – there’s no manual. And when Bunnyboy has to face an actual super villain, the Animal Master, is he up for the task? And will he get his homework in on time?


The public readings of each play are FREE and open to the public and will be help in the Regina Auditorium at Notre Dame College in South Euclid.