Boston University College of Fine Arts Presents Shining City and The Skin of Our Teeth

in CFA, Theatre
April 26th, 2013

Closing the season on BU stages is Conor McPherson’s modern masterpiece, May 1-4, alongside Thornton Wilder’s classic Pulitzer Prize-winning work, May 3–10

Boston, MA – On the BU stages this May, the School of Theatre at Boston University College of Fine Arts (CFA) closes its season with Conor McPherson’s modern masterpiece, Shining City, alongside Thornton Wilder’s classic Pulitzer Prize-winning work, The Skin of Our Teeth.

Shining City
Conor McPherson, playwright
Hondo Weiss-Richmond, director
Dates: Wednesday, May 1 – Saturday, May 4

Opening Night: Wednesday, May 1, 7:30pm
Thursday, May 2, 7:30pm
Talk-Back: Friday, May 3, 8pm
Saturday, May 4, 2pm
Saturday, May 4, 8pm

Program: This 2006 Tony nominee for Best Play chronicles a Dublin widower, haunted by the ghost of his dead wife, who seeks help from a therapist whose own complicated relationship parallels that of his patient.
Location: BU Theatre, Lane-Comley Studio 210

The Skin of Our Teeth
Thornton Wilder, playwright
Sid Friedman, director</h5?

Dates: Friday, May 3 – Friday, May 10 16

Opening Night: Friday, May 3, 8pm
Saturday, May 4, 8pm
Student Matinee and Talk-Back: Sunday, May 5, 2pm
Tuesday, May 7, 7:30pm
Wednesday, May 8, 7:30pm
Thursday, May 9, 7:30pm
Friday, May 10, 8pm

Program: A celebration of humanity’s inventiveness and endurance, this satiric and comedic fable, and Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama follows the Antrobus family through a non-linear journey spanning centuries of war, plague, and even an ice age.

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Finding his inspiration in the search for meaning in a “world full of people with broken hearts,” Playwright Conor McPherson wrote Shining City. “I think we live within a mystery,” said McPherson. “We don’t understand what’s beyond the known limits of what we perceive. I’m motivated by an existential longing to understand what is going on in life, really. What is all this?”

Although less well known than Wilder’s earlier Our Town, The Skin of Our Teethrepresents an important piece of American theatre, and a valuable response to social conditions. The Skin of Our Teeth was written and performed during World War II. At a time when people around the world were questioning how to continue in the moment and what life might look like in the future, Wilder presented this narrative. The play features references to hardships Wilder’s audience would have already lived through, including the Great Depression and World War I. The audience of the day had lived through so much hardship already, and was being called upon to continue living and working with enthusiasm.

“The Skin of Our Teeth is a multileveled piece,” said Sarah Lowe, dramaturg for the production. “The characters of the play are simultaneously archetypes. This is a story that exists over years, lives, and eons, and we are only able to see fragments of it. The play is simultaneously three vignettes and one play, about a family, and about mankind.”

“The presentation of these two works marks the close of the School of Theatre’s 2012–2013 season and the culmination of the College of Fine Arts Keyword Initative, now in its second year. Through a season of diverse works, KEYWORD: Resilience, has explored the buoyance of the human spirit in times of war, tragedy, hardship, suffering, and oppression.”

Tickets: $12 general admission; $10 BU Alumni, Huntington Theatre Subscribers, WGBH members, students, senior citizens, and groups; Free with BU ID.

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