Xavier Players announce 2005-2006 season

Season includes variety of productions and visit from internationally acclaimed playwright | August 25, 2005

The Xavier Players 2005-2006 season starts in October and includes a variety of different genres. One production features songs from the 1950s and 1960s. Another is a surreal, disturbing yet alarmingly funny musical. One is by a Pulitzer-Prize winner and focuses on an intimate and troubling topic. And as an added bonus, internationally recognized playwright/poet, Naomi Wallace, is visiting campus in February.

“The season is filled with issues and excitement,” says Cathy Springfield, director for performing arts. “All the productions focus on marginalization—how we get marginalized, how we let others do it to us, and what happens once we’re out there outside the lines…in the margins.”

The season begins with Smokey Joe’s Café, a tribute to the works of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, which runs Oct. 20-23. Songs from the '50s and '60s, such as "On Broadway," "Stand by Me," "Little Egypt" and "Hounddog," personify the golden age of American culture.

The less lighthearted ‘Night, Mother by Marsha Norman, runs Nov. 17-20. This intimate piece explores how and why someone would commit suicide. How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel, is a funny, surprising and devastating tale of survival as seen through the lens of a troubling relationship between a young girl and an older man. The production runs March 16-19, 2006.

Stephen Sondheim's Assassins rounds out the season and runs April 6-9, 2006. One of the most controversial musicals ever written, Assassins lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the president of the United States.

As an Playwright/poet Naomi Wallace is visiting the University in February 2006. Wallace is from Prospect, Ky. Her plays include: In The Heart of America, One Flea Spare, Slaughter City, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, The Girl Who Fell Through a Hole in Her Jumper (with Bruce McLeod) and The War Boys. Her stage adaption of Willam Wharton's novel, Birdy, opened on the West End in London in 1997. Her book of poetry, To Dance on a Stony Field, was published in the United Kingdom in 1995.

Season tickets for the main stage and studio series are now on sale. For more information call 513 745-3576.