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FALL, 2021 PRODUCTIONS

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HAND TO GOD
written by Robert Askins • directed by Tad Janes
September 30 – October 2 at 7:30 p.m.
WMC Alumni Hall
Free and Open to the Public
Masks are required; first-come, first served seating limited to 40
Box Office/Information: 410-857-2448
For Mature Audiences Only

McDaniel College Theatre presents “Hand to God,” a dark comedy by Robert Askins, September 30 through October 2 at 7:30 p.m. in WMC Alumni Hall. Tad Janes, artistic director of Maryland Ensemble Theatre in Frederick, directs the show, which is intended for mature audiences only.

When reviewing the play, “New Yorker” magazine described the piece as “’Sesame Street’ meets ‘The Exorcist.’” In the tiny, conservative town of Cypress, Texas, shy, mild-mannered Jason is just trying to be a good son. When he joins his mother Margery's Christian Puppet Ministry at the local church, Jason discovers a burgeoning talent for puppetry, and it seems like things after his father’s sudden death might just turn out all right. Tyrone the puppet, though, has other plans. As the foul-mouthed, independent, and devilishly funny Tyrone grows in strength, Jason's complex relationships with the school bully, the girl-next-door, and most importantly, his mother, are thrown into upheaval. An irreverent, occasionally shocking, and perpetually hysterical romp to Hell and back, “Hand to God” explores the ideas of faith, morality, and human nature and will leave you sore with laughter.

The cast is comprised of McDaniel College students Danielle Carter, Hayden Draycott, Tyra Pritchett, Paul Steinert, and Reese Weaver.

Director Janes is excited to tackle the project. “I love this play! It is perfect for a college audience as it explores the depth of teenage psyche, what it means to battle between adulthood and childhood, prescribed beliefs vs the freedom to explore, touching relationships, internal struggle, good vs evil, and it's hilarious!”

The Friday, October 1 show will be live-streamed. Details, when available, will be posted at https://www.mcdaniel.edu/academics/theatre-arts/upcoming-productions.

The performances are free and open to the public. Please note the show contains explicit language, profanity, adult themes, sexual situations, very rude puppets, and is intended for mature audiences only. Masks are required and first-come, first-served seating is extremely limited. McDaniel College follows current CDC protocols and recommendations related to COVID-19 and we ask that visitors adhere to all policies and regulations in accordance with the latest guidelines. We appreciate your cooperation. For more information, call the box office at 410-857-2448.

Importance of Being Earnest logo, with top hat and moustace between title

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
written by Oscar Wilde • directed by Elizabeth van den Berg
November 17 ­– 20 at 7:30 p.m.
WMC Alumni Hall
$10 General Admission; $8 for seniors (60+), students, active military and veterans, and the McDaniel College community
Box Office/Information: 410-857-2448

McDaniel College Theatre presents “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Oscar Wilde’s masterful skewering of Victorian social etiquette, November 17 through November 20 at 7:30 p.m. The comedy, directed by theatre arts department chair Elizabeth van den Berg, will be performed in WMC Alumni Hall.

“The Importance of Being Earnest,” Oscar Wilde’s most accessible and enduring play, is a classic farce. Filled with clever Victorian adages and Wilde’s patented brand of wit and wisdom, “The Importance of Being Earnest” tells the story of Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, who use cunning trickery and little white lies to attain their social interests. Jack cleverly creates an imaginary brother, Ernest, whom he then uses as an excuse to crash an upscale socialite soirée in the country, while his friend Algernon similar deceit that brings him to the same party. As the two men pursue love interests, farcical situations ensue, leading to a delicious and delightful denouement. Oscar Wilde takes the world of Victorian social mores and turns it upside down in this enchanting romp.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors (60+), students, active military and veterans, and the McDaniel College community. Unvaccinated attendees are asked to sit/stay in designated areas and follow all current CDC guidelines regarding masks and social distancing. For more information, call the box office at 410-857-2448.