The Crescent Theatre Past Productions
2020-2021 Season Productions
The Second Shepherd’s Play: A Hip-Hop Holiday Hilarity
Freely adapted from the text by The Wakefield Master
Performances distributed via streaming the month of December
Synopsis: Mak dupes a group of shepherds and steals one of their sheep.
Despite his wife pretending to be in labor when the shepherds come searching, Mak is exposed. They are suddenly met by an angel with a message of a special child born in Bethlehem. Mak, Gill, and the Shepherds travel to see the child.
December 1, 2020
Directed by Shontelle Thrash
A metamorphic journey through stories related to inclusivity, diversity, equity and access.
Equity, diversity, inclusion, access
Words used a lot today
Time is the variable
Change is underway
Freedom, sacrifice, failure, success
Change is inevitable. It can be an experiment
Or even a test
Join Clayton State Theatre as we explore the IDEA of metamorphosis through stories written and performed by students and alumni of Clayton State and other professionals in the industry.
Following the production, join us for IDEAconversations about the stories and the issues surrounding them.
**This production contains adult language and content"
Streaming: 3/20 – 4/4
Adult prices: $10
2019-2020 Season Productions
Tartuffe by Moliere
Translated by Ranjit Bolt Directed by Derrick Vanmeter
The house of Orgon has been turned upside down That’s the word on the street if you listen around Everything’s bigger in Texas they say And Tartuffe will have it all, if he has his way
Moliere’s hilarious comedy is translated into contemporary English by Ranjit Bolt. The scandalous original production was banned from public viewing until King Louis XIV permitted its performance. Come see the scandal for yourself!
Little Shop of Horrors Music by Alan Menken
Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman Directed by Shontelle Thrash
When a mutant plant, that feeds on human blood and flesh, becomes the only option to save this little flower shop, what could possibly go wrong? This award-winning musical features well-known tunes like “Skid Row (Downtown”, “Somewhere That’s Green” and “Suddenly Seymour”. Doo-wop, rock and Motown your way to this little shop and see what horrors await you.
The Laramie Project
On November 14, 1998, ten members of Tectonic Theatre Project traveled to Laramie, Wyoming to make sense of the senseless and brutal murder of Mathew Shepard, a gay college student. Over the next year, the members conducted over 200 interviews. Marking 20 years since Matthew’s death, the Laramie Project explores how a community deals with the aftermath of this heinous act.
This production contains adult language and content.
Director: Shonetelle Thrash
Brecht’s Antigone, originally written in German and translated by Judith Malina, dramatizes the choice one woman must make to obey the law or follow her truth. When both her brothers are killed in battle, one is buried with hero’s honors while the other is marked a traitor to the state and left unburied. By burying her brother, Antigone risks her life to do what is right. This fresh take on a powerful tale of resistance will be performed under the stars, as the Greeks originally experienced it.
Music @ Play
Love—connecting, misconnecting, disconnecting, and reconnecting—is the most popular subject in Western drama, and it forms the common theme of Music at Play. From Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, this program compares and contrasts the conventions and construction of spoken drama and musical drama through an examination of several scenes from plays, cabaret style. Through performance and commentary, Clayton State students help audiences learn more about how the interaction of music and drama can affect and alter both art forms.
A Devised Mystery Play Created by Clayton State Students Directed by Shontelle Thrash
Join the students of Clayton State as they work to solve this funny whodunit. There will be audience participation, hi-jinks and plenty of laughs. Created by the students of Clayton State, this mystery is recommended for ages 8 and up.
MisterE of Imagination: Tales of Edgar Allan Poe
Adapted by Vivian Robin Snipes
A Christmas Carol
By Charles Dickens
Dead Man's Cell Phone
By Sarah Ruhl "Sarah Ruhl's Dead Man's Cell Phone, winner of the Helen Hayes award for Outstanding New Play, explores the paradox of technology's ability to both connect and isolate us. This dark comedy employs razor sharp wit and poetic imagery to tell the story of Jean, a woman who discovers the incessantly ringing cell phone of the recently deceased Gordon. Ruhl humorously explores life, death, and the sometimes absurd reality of our technologically infused lives."
Waiting for Godot
By Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot finds its heartbeat in the anticipation of someone or something that never arrives. The play resonates with the pain and frustration of the families of Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, and countless others who wait on justice for their loved ones that never seems to arrive. Each decision returns with no indictment, not even a trial, to determine the truth. What if Godot is Justice?
The Laramie Project