Mesa Repertory Theatre — new theatre for a new audience
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 10:00 AM
Colorado Mesa University’s Department of Theatre Arts proudly presents its 2015 Mesa Repertory Theatre (MRT) summer season, partially supported by a generous grant from the City of Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture. This will be MRT’s fourth season of theatre. This year, the program will present the musical The Last Five Years along with regional premieres Time Flies, a series of one-act plays by David Ives and, for young audiences, The Stonecutter.
Theatre instructor Jeremy Franklin will direct The Last Five Years,a contemporary musical by Jason Robert Brown. The musical features just two actors and tells the story of the failed marriage of the characters, Jamie and Cathy. Cathy’s story is told in reverse; Jamie’s is told conventionally, moving forward. They meet in the middle at the point of their wedding.
Associate theatre professor Jeanine Howe will direct Time Flies, an amusing collection of one-act plays by David Ives. Two mayflies realize their lifespan in the middle of a first date, a washing-machine repairman falls in love with a perfect washer, an out-of-work schmo decides to spend his day being painter Edgar Degas, two Babylonian blue-collar workers have to build the Tower of Babel and more.
Young audiences will enjoy The Stonecutter, written by Ruth Cantrell and directed by assistant dance professor Megan Glynn. The script was named Best Children’s Play by the Southwest Theatre Association in 1998. The story follows the life of an Aztec stonecutter who doesn’t feel his job is important, so his guardian angel changes him into various characters including the sun, the rain and the wind. Written for children ages 6–12, this play teaches that everyone has something important to contribute to the world.
The focus of MRT is on producing small, professional-quality performances with a cast of actors who are interested in perfecting the craft of live theatre performance. The 2015 season runs June 11–28. Find specific dates, information and tickets.
By Laura Bradley
Dana Nunn, Director of Media Relations