March 19 - April 5, 2020
Directed by Jennifer Uphoff Gray
NOTE: Following the news of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in our community in March 2020, and out of an abundance of caution, we are cancelled all public performances of The Amateurs.
Hollis is a performer in an itinerant troupe of actors attempting to outrun the Black Plague in this 14th century-set comedy by the author of Marjorie Prime. The Renaissance is still in the future, and so is the concept of self-determination. So when Hollis stops a performance to wonder why Mrs. Noah would get on that ark, she throws her castmates into chaos.
This thought-provoking and centuries-spanning play delights in the imaginations of theater-makers and theater-goers everywhere. And in a tale as inventive and hilarious as its characters, The Amateurs ponders the purpose of art in turbulent times.
“...a rollicking tragicomedy in which pratfalls and death throes are tumbled together...” - The New York Times
Sponsored by: DeWitt, CUNA Mutual, Isthmus
Terry Bell (The Physic), Matt Daniels (Larking), Adam Estes (Brom), Emily Glick (Rona), Josh Krause (Gregory), Kat Wodtke (Hollis)
Scenic Designer: Nate Stuber, Lighting Designer: Marisa Abbott, Costume Designer: Monica Kilkus, Composer/Sound Designer: Joe Cerqua, Props Master: Pamela Miles, Dramaturg: Mike Fischer, Stage Manager: Sarah Deming-Henes, Assistant Stage Manager: Enya Nett
GUEST LECTURE SERIES
The weekly preshow lecture series, scheduled for evening performances of The Amateurs, is also cancelled due to the closing of Overture Center during the COVID-19 situation.
Why did we choose The Amateurs? Check out this review in The New York Times:
There's more to The Amateurs than meets the eye. A next level interview with playwright Jordan Harrison:
Interview with playwright Jordan Harrison and Oliver Butler, director of original Vineyard Theatre production: