Archives for Theatre arts

Wading in Tense Waters: “Metamorphoses” Confronts Mythical Challenges

Using an ambitious set that includes a real pool of water, Jeffrey S. Miller, professor of theatre arts, has directed Metamorphoses, a play by award winning playwright Mary Zimmerman that showcases a cast of ten students. Performances run April 3–5, 8–12, 2014 and tickets are available at The play explores the tension between the real and the transformational, the human and the mysterious, Read full article »

Screwtape on Stage, Thanks to Jones and Stevick

Norm Jones The imperfections of the human soul provided British writer C. S. Lewis plenty of fodder for his classic novel The Screwtape Letters, a humorous story told by a tempter in Hell offering instruction on the art of deception. Now, to mark the 50th anniversary of Lewis’s death and to celebrate his life and works, Theatre Arts Professor Norm Jones Read full article »

When Students of the Stage Become Colleagues

Sabbatical is a time for new ideas, fresh experiences and ongoing scholarship. Each happened this spring for Jeffrey S. Miller, professor of theatre arts, when he returned to Minneapolis to direct a show  . . . . with former students who are now professional artists. He wrote the following response:  Jeff Miller (c) with the cast of "Kingdom Undone." "Every Teacher-Artist’s Dream" Read full article »

Jones Explores Nature of Hope in “Waiting for Godot”

Norm Jones Often regarded as the most important play of the 20th century, Samuel Beckett’s classic existentialist tragicomedy Waiting for Godot is re-imagined in the hands of director and theatre arts professor Norman Jones. His production of the absurdist masterpiece emphasizes not the futility of human hope—as many productions are wont to do—but the “insidious nature of hope,” exploring how Read full article »

“Working”: A Musical For Today’s Job Market

Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, marks the opening of Jeffrey S. Miller's tenth production to direct at Gordon when "Working—A Musical" takes the stage in the Barrington Center for the Arts. Miller, professor of theatre arts, was drawn to the musical based on a book by Studs Terkel, a Pulitzer Prize winning author, interviewer and historian, in large part because of the issue Read full article »

Theatre in Scotland & England: ‘A Crucible of Culture and Conversation’

Professor Mark Stevick, center, with students at All Soul's Church in London. If all the world’s a stage, the United Kingdom is the host and this year marks the 18th consecutive theatre trip there for Gordon professors and students. From August 10-26, 2012, Mark Stevick, associate professor of English, and Norm Jones, professor of theatre arts, will lead 30 students—the most Read full article »

The Passion (Play) Reimagined

The last days of Christ on earth have been the subject of numerous passion plays around the world. But a new play imagines those dark days from an unusual perspective, that of Judas. From March 6-26, Jeffrey S. Miller, professor of theatre arts, will be heading to Minneapolis, MN, to direct Kingdom Undone, Jeremiah Gamble's new play that focuses on the interaction Read full article »

Salem: Coming to Peace with The Witch City

Just in time for Halloween weekend, Kristina Stevick, artistic director of Gordon's History Alive! considers (in her recent Faith + Ideas = column) how the spooky, zany holiday shouldn't be the only thing Salem, Massachusetts, is known for. (Her editorial column was also reprinted in The Salem News.) By Kristina Stevick  Salem, Massachusetts, where I work, is a city with a complicated personality. Read full article »

Kingdom Undone

From April 11-17, professor of theatre arts Jeffrey S. Miller will be in the Twin Cities area for a production workshop on a new musical entitled Kingdom Undone. Still in development, Kingdom Undone represents the largest venture to date for the Theater for the Thirsty, a small theater company based out of Minnesota. Working with theater colleagues and a few Read full article »

Disciplines Mix in Salem’s Old Town Hall

The Gordon College Institute for Public History has launched a public lecture series in Salem's Old Town Hall, a historic building dating back to the early 1800s. The series opened with a lecture from historian Richard Francis that was covered by CSPAN and continues on February 17 with a talk by K. David Goss, assistant professor of history, on Salem and Read full article »