NEWPORT, R.I. – Salve Regina’s Department of Theatre Arts will present two plays this fall, both portraying real people involved in historical events. Both productions, featuring student and community actors, will be performed at the city’s historic Casino Theatre, located on the grounds of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, 9 Freebody St.
The first show of the season is ‘columbinus’ by Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli. The show will run Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 20-22, at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 3 p.m.
A documentary, “columbinus” focuses on the killings at Columbine High School and is being directed by Suzanne Delle, Salve Regina’s assistant professor of theatre. Delle has a master of fine arts degree in directing. Karam and Paparelli interviewed high school students and used police reports to craft their play.
The second production is “The Miracle Worker,” which will run Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 1-3, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m.
The play tells the story of Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan. Written by William Gibson, the production is being directed by Ricardo Pitts-Wiley, founder of Pawtucket-based Mixed Magic Theatre. Pitts-Wiley is the writer and director of such shows as “Waiting for Bessie Smith” and “When Mahalia Sings.”
For more information and tickets, call 401-341-2250 or go to www.tinyurl.com/salvecasino.
The Casino Theatre, designed by Stanford White, is managed by Salve Regina University and serves as an educational facility for the university’s department of performing arts during the academic year. It is also available to other groups for theatrical productions, summer stock, films, concerts, lectures, and other public events.