Southern State’s Theatre Season, 2011-12

From the feel-good tempo of “Annie” to the brutally true account of “The Laramie Project,” SSCC Theatre’s 2011-12 season covers the range from comedy to tragedy with a few stops in between. Season tickets go on sale Sept. 1 via  www.sscctheatre.com at a cost of $15 for all four shows, a savings of up to $9.

All productions by SSCC Theatre are performed in the Edward K. Daniels Auditorium on Southern State Community College’s Central Campus, 100 Hobart Drive, Hillsboro. This year’s exciting lineup includes:

“Biloxi Blues,” by Neil Simon, follows 20-year-old Brooklynite Eugene Morris Jerome who is drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. As a young recruit, Eugene must go through basic training and learn about Life and Love with a capital ‘L’ along with some harsher lessons, while stationed at boot camp in Biloxi, Miss., in 1943. “Biloxi Blues” won Simon a Tony Award for Best Play in 1985, and plays Nov. 11-13, 2011 (auditions will be held 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21).

“The Laramie Project,” by Moisés Kaufman, brings us a story from October 1998, when a 21-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wy. His bloody, bruised and battered body was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. The playwright and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. Some people interviewed were directly connected to the case, and others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of their reactions to the crime is fascinating. “The Laramie Project” is a breathtaking theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable. “The Laramie Project” plays March 2-4, 2012.

“An Evening with Durang” is a selection of one-act plays by Christopher Durang and may include: “Naomi in the Living Room,” “Funeral Parlor” and “DMV Tyrant.” A New York Times review declared, “With the help of Mr. Durang, the fine art of parody has returned to theater in a production you can sink teeth and mind into, while also laughing like an idiot. Parody of this comic verve is as much fun as the sort of marvelous party Noel Coward once sang about. I couldn’t have enjoyed it more. “An Evening with Durang” plays May 30, 2012

“Annie,” by Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse, and Martin Charnin, spotlights a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and finds a new family and home in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell and a lovable mutt named Sandy. “Annie” runs Aug. 3-5, 2012.

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