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Theatre St. Thomas’s 2018-19 Season Presents the Best of Brecht’s Epic Theatre and Wilde’s Perfect Comedy!

A Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht

Padua. 1609. Galileo Galilei, a part-time professor and researcher of mathematics and philosophy has invented a new instrument that allows him to view the universe in greater detail and to pay his rent where his teaching stipend falls short. Through his telescope, he confirms that the earth and the planets revolve around the sun while attracting the interest and ire of a Catholic Church afraid of losing its grip on the faithful masses. Says TST artistic producer Dr. Robin C. Whittaker, “With Bertolt Brecht’s A Life of Galileo, TST offers Fredericton one of the twentieth-century’s greatest observations on the challenges that free thought and scientific inquiry pose to unchecked power and popular belief. Not since Brecht’s time have these forces been so pressing as they are today.” This model example of “Epic Theatre” was written by Brecht in the years before and after World War II, begun when he hid from Nazi authority and then revised as he reflected on its consequences before fleeing American McCarthyism and the “red scare” in 1947. Directed by Dr. Whittaker and translated by acclaimed British playwright Mark Ravenhill, Brecht’s A Life of Galileo runs in STU’s Black Box Theatre November 21-24, 2018 at 7:30pm with a Saturday matinée at 2:00pm. $10 regular / $5 students & seniors.

TST holds open auditions 75 years to the day that A Life of Galileo premiered in German at the Zurich Schauspielhaus. The play is presented at STU in conjunction with The Galileo Project on science, philosophy, and religion convened by Dr. Jane Jenkins (Science & Technology Studies), Dr. Robin Vose (History), and Dr. Whittaker (English and Drama).

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

London. 1895. And the market has no cucumber sandwiches … not even for ready money! When Jack (“Earnest”) travels from the country to visit his friend Algernon (“Earnest”) at his flat in the city, marriage plots and “bunburying” abound, subverting customs and Lady Bracknell’s authority in Oscar Wilde’s trivial comedy for serious people: The Importance of Being Earnest. Directed by past STU Director of Drama and recent Order of Canada recipient Ilkay Silk, Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest runs in STU’s Black Box Theatre January 30-February 2, 2019 at 7:30pm with a Saturday matinée at 2:00pm. $10 regular / $5 students & seniors.

AUDITIONS for both productions are open to everyone on campus and off! Just bring yourself and your enthusiasm to the Black Box Theatre on either Friday or Saturday. No preparation or sign-up required. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Monologues, scenes, or other readings will be provided.

TST General Meeting: Friday, September 7, 3:00pm.

Auditions: Friday, September 7, 4:00pm-9:00pm; or Saturday, September 8, 1:00pm-6:00pm

Callbacks (as needed): Sunday, September 9, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Theatre St. Thomas (TST) is STU’s flagship extra-curricular theatre company. Producing theatre for over 60 years (and more than 45 years as ‘TST’), we have been at home in the Black Box Theatre since it was built in 1993. Working under the professional direction of faculty and staff at St. Thomas, students act and work backstage alongside fellow students, STU alumni, and members of the Fredericton theatre community to learn and develop their stage skills in an educational, fun, and enriching experiential and cross-disciplinary environment.