IONA

10 Years of Theatre with The Fine and Performing Arts Department

Fall 2005

A Doll's House

by Henrik Ibsen
Nora's life is on the upswing. Her husband got a promotion, and their financial struggles are over at last. But when a man from her past reappears, bent on bringing a dangerous secret to light, everything changes: her marriage, her family, even her relationship to the world around her.



Spring 2006

Othello

by William Shakespeare
This classic Shakespeare tragedy is an astonishing epic of sweeping passions and murderous ambition – a thrilling meditation on the power of love and the destructiveness of suspicion.



Fall 2006

Buried Child

by Sam Shepard
A bizarre and explosive family reunion takes place unexpectedly when a prodigal grandson returns to his estranged family's Illinois farm. At first recognized by neither his grandparents nor his own father, he soon realizes this homecoming has unearthed an unwanted family inheritance, rather than the idealized midwestern roots he hoped to find.



Spring 2007

A View From the Bridge

by Arthur Miller
Follow the tragic downfall of Eddie Carbone, who spends his days as a hardworking longshoreman and his nights at home with wife, Beatrice and niece, Catherine. The routine of his life is interrupted when Beatrice’s cousins, illegal immigrants from Italy, arrive in New York. As one of them embarks on a romance with Catherine, Eddie’s envy and delusion plays out with devastating consequences.



Fall 2007

Of Mice and Men

by John Steinbeck
Set in the desperate world of the Great Depression, Of Mice and Men is a compelling tale of friendship and survival. George and Lenny are migrant workers who dream of one day settling down on their own piece of land. Their shared vision of a better future and the strength of their friendship carry them through the loneliness, oppression and uncertainty of difficult times.



Spring 2008

Tartuffe

by Moliere
This wickedly gleeful farce offers the story of the religious hypocrite, Tartuffe, and his designs on the affluent (and painfully gullible) Orgon. Orgon’s family must find a way to break Tartuffe’s hold on them before they lose everything – and it won’t be easy. In Tartuffe, Molière’s madcap dance of cunning plans, comic irrationality and extremities, the question is: what will win the day – blind faith or common sense?



Fall 2008

Art

by Yasmina Reza
This rapid fire comedy, sparking with verbal wit, is a clever culmination of argument and rumination ignited by a piece of art. When one friend buys a piece of seemingly ordinary art for an exorbitant price, the friendship of three individuals begins to be questioned and ultimately pushed to the limits based on the idea of what is art and who decides?



Spring 2009

Picasso at the Lapin Agile

by Steve Martin
Picasso and Einstein, each in the flowering of their youth and on the cusp of a great idea, have a chance encounter at a bar, the Lapin Agile, in Paris in 1904. Encountering a host of other characters, the two leading lights of the coming century must deal not only with their own brilliance and idiosyncrasies, but with the unexpected talents brought to the party by a mysterious Visitor.



Fall 2009

No Exit

by Jean Paul Sartre
Jean Paul Sartre's existential classic tells the story of three strangers crossing paths in the afterlife while awaiting their ultimate fate. Each with their own secrets to tell, each with their own lies to expose, the pressure-cooker spirals into a maelstrom of manipulation, mockery, and malice.



Spring 2010

Waiting for Godot

by Samuel Beckett
Didi and Gogo dally by the side of the road. They are expecting the imminent arrival of another man. They’ve asked this man for nothing definite, but eagerly anticipate his reply. And though they admit that they do not know him well and won’t even recognize him when they see him, they wait. They wait for Godot.



Fall 2010

reasons to be pretty

by Neil LaBute
Greg’s tight-knit social circle is thrown into turmoil when his offhand remarks about a female coworker’s pretty face and his own girlfriend Steph’s lack thereof get back to Steph. But that’s just the beginning. Greg’s best buddy, Kent, and Kent’s wife, Carly, also enter into the picture, and the emotional equation becomes exponentially more complicated. As their relationships crumble, the four friends are forced to confront a sea of deceit, infidelity, and betrayed trust in their journey to answer that oh-so-American question: How much is pretty worth?



Spring 2011

Miss Julie

by August Strindberg
Miss Julie is the volatile daughter of a count. During the intoxication of a midsummer's eve celebration, she flirts shamelessly with one of her servants and seduces him, thus beginning an erotic dance of sexual politics and class warfare.



Fall 2011

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

by Martin McDonagh
Set in the mountains of Connemara, Country Galway, Ireland, the production tells the tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman and Mag, her manipulative aging mother, whose interference in Maureen's first and possibly final chance of a loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that leads inexorably toward the play's riveting conclusion.

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Spring 2012

Antigone

by Jean Anouilh
A modern version of the classic Greek tale of the daughter of Oedipus. The body of Polynices, Antigone’s brother, has been ordered to remain unburied by Creon, the new king of Thebes. The tale unfolds with Antigone’s duty to her brother and his proper burial, and her defiance and rebellion against King Creon and the city of Thebes.

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Fall 2012

Crime and Punishment

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Based on the novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, the plight of a intellectual young man whose moral struggle with his belief system compels him to commit a horrendous crime. This classic work is realized through theatrical form.

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Spring 2013

Phaedra

by Jean Racine
The ancient tale of forbidden love, jealousy and betrayal unfolds in the royal house of the King and Queen of Athens. Phaedra, wife of Theseus, is in love with her stepson, Hippolytus. The forbidden desire plunges Phaedra into despair as Hippolytus denies her love and King Theseus arrives home to confront the betrayal.

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Fall 2013

True West

by Sam Shepard
A modern American classic and a character study in relationships. True West takes us into the surrealistic yet familiar world of two siblings, a prominent writer and a down and out drifter who reunite after years of estrangement in the house that they grew up in.

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Spring 2014

The Mandrake

by Niccolo Machiavelli
Set in sixteenth century Florence, Italy the story details to what lengths a love smitten Florentine will go to win the favors of a beautiful young woman who in inconveniently married to the rich and very aged lawyer in town. Enlisting the assistance of his friends, Callimaco devises a scheme that involves magic potions, brilliant disguises and questionable scruples. This classic comedy comes to us from the writer of the renowned treatise in political philosophy, The Prince.

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Fall 2014

The Importance of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde
The classic Victorian play by Oscar Wilde has two young gentlemen living in 1890's England that have taken to bending the truth in order to put some intrigue into their lives. Jack Worthing and Algernon Montcrieff decide to create different personas in order to pursue two eligible ladies, Cecily Cardew and Gwendolyn Fairfax. Things start to go awry when they end up together in the country and their deceptions are discovered, putting their romantic pursuits at risk.



Spring 2015

The Glass Menagerie

by Tennessee Williams
In Tennessee Williams classic American drama, an aging Southern Belle longs for her youth and dreams of a better life for her children especially that of her physically challenged daughter, Laura. Her son Tom, has dreams of his own, escaping from his oppressive job at a warehouse and the equally oppressive life at home.