Performing Arts 2018-2019 Theater Season

The WJU Guild 2018-2019 Theater Season

The Good Doctor by Neil Simon
November 15, 16, 17 at 8 p.m. and November 18 at 2 p.m.
Troy Theater

The Good Doctor is a play by Neil Simon based on the works of Russian author and playwright, Anton Chekhov. In addition to authoring plays such as The Cherry Orchard, Uncle Vanya, and The Three Sisters, Chekhov was also known for his many short stories and scenes that expose the ridiculous, tender, and outlandish frailties of human beings. Each scene tells its own story, but the behavior of the characters and the resolutions of their stories are not typical or predictable. The Good Doctor is not a play with a unified plot, instead, it is a series of scenes that when experienced one after another, give you a strong sense of Chekhov’s take on the human condition embellished by Simon’s wit and pithy dialogue.

The Good Doctor is produced with special permission from Samuel French, Inc.

The Cast:
Bernadette Tirador, Pierce Griffith, Nate Foster, Felicity Nolder, Vince Fournier, Sarah Booth, Trey Clark, Christine Mellick, Tony Healy, Ravin Perkins

Man of La Mancha book by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion, and music by Mitch Leigh.
April 4, 5, 6, at 8 p.m. and April 7 at 2 p.m.
Troy Theater

Based on the epic 17th-century novel Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha is a remarkable, poignant, moving musical that was one of the first shows to musicalize a piece of historical literature. Set in the context of the Spanish Inquisition, Man of La Mancha is presented as a play-within-a-play. We encounter historical author Miguel de Cervantes in prison, awaiting trial by the Inquisition. When his fellow prisoners try to take Cervantes’ belongings from him, including his manuscript, Cervantes proposes a trial in which he proves the merit of the manuscript through a reenactment, enlisting his fellow prisoners as characters in his play. Together, they tell the story of the aged Alonso Quijana who believes himself to be a knight errant, names himself Don Quixote, and pursues an obsessive quest to attain an impossible dream. Against all odds, Quixote and his trusty squire Sancho Panza take to the road in a quest to seek out the good and innocent in a world filled with darkness and despair. Through the story, all the prisoners – at least for a moment – are transformed. The mad Don Quixote may think a windmill to be a giant and a tavern to be a castle, but along the way he also transforms a wretched woman into a beautiful lady – and proves that an old man’s belief can truly make him a knight. Man of La Mancha features such stirring songs as "Dulcinea" and the "The Impossible Dream."

Man of La Mancha is produced with special permission from Tams-Witmark, Inc.

Auditions will be held in early December.

Productions are free to WJU students and employees on a first-come basis. Reservations are not taken.