Theatre — Dana Center Takes Center Stage
‘Taming of the Shrew’ and Oedipus only the beginning
By Michelle Saturley

Saint Anselm’s Dana Center for the Humanities is poised to kick off one of its most diverse seasons of programming ever.

Various national, international and local theatre companies will tackle classic drama, contemporary dance, traditional musicals and folk art.

The fun starts on Friday, November 5, with a performance by The Passing Zone Comedy Theatre. This duo of zany, hyperkinetic stuntmen—one of their trademarks is juggling operating chainsaws— has appeared on Comedy Central and performed for Prince Charles. The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are still available.

Next, the Dana Center takes on one of Shakespeare’s most widely performed comedies, The Taming of the Shrew, opening November 11 and running through Nov. 13. We all know the story of the unruly Katharine and the brash Petrucchio—now see how the Anselmian Abbey Players put their own stamp on the Bard’s famous play. Last season, their version of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum was fun and charming, so this is sure to be a treat.

The classics continue in November, this time with the drama Oedipus Rex, slated for two performances on Thursday, November 18. This version is presented by New Art Theatre, a consistently top-notch company dedicated to breathing new life into the classics. Here, the king of Thebes searches for the blinding light of truth in an atmosphere of mystical antiquity. See the sacred dithyrambic choral dances to Dionysus and Apollo as the plot is advance through unique, eye-catching visual and musical design techniques. For those of you who needed the Cliff Notes in High School, have no fear: New Art Theatre uses a new English language translation by Stephen Berg, founder and editor of the American Poetry Review, and Diskin Clay, professor of classics at Johns Hopkins University.

In December, the Dana Center brings a plethora of holiday entertainment choices, from the standard— “A Christmas Carol”—to the unexpected, “A Cape Breton Christmas,” starring the fabulous Celtic music performers, the Barra MacNeils. Tickets are still available for both shows.

For a full playbill of the Dana Center’s 2004/2005 season, call the box office at Saint Anselm College at 641-770 and ask for a season brochure, or send an e-mail to The Dana Center is located on the campus of Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Drive.

—Michelle Saturley


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