A scene from "Pirates of Penzance" in March 2018.

GC Theater announces 2019-2020 ‘Season of Love and Light’

The Goshen College Theater Department is launching its 2019-20 season, themed “Season of Love and Light,” with student and alumni-written one-acts, classic broadway and operatic scenes and two mainstage plays, including “Almost, Maine” by John Cariani and “Cymbeline” by Shakespeare.

“We wanted a season that emphasized hope; a series of shows that felt warm, positive and inclusive,” said Anna Kurtz Kuk. “The shows this season portray many trials and tribulations as the characters navigate their various relationships, but overall they are better for those journeys. There is something that radiates through these stories that leaves us as an audience feeling hopeful for these characters and for ourselves.”

“The distinct and complementary concepts of love and light offer our faculty and students rich possibilities for creative expression in our collective storytelling this year,” said Doug Caskey, professor of theater. “There are plenty of opportunities in our world to get hyper-focused on negativity, divisiveness and disasters on a daily basis. We choose to offer counter-narratives that remind us love will ultimately prevail and that even in darkness, the light shines.”


Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 4-6:

  • “Working Between the Lines”
    Friday, Oct. 4, 8 p.m.
    Free admission

The evening will feature short plays and scenes written, directed, designed and acted by GC students. The performance is coordinated by senior Violet Smucker as part of her theater degree.

  • “The Squendling Brothers Present: Hey! It’s Your Reunion! Now What? or, The Best Way to Avoid the Uncomfortable Experience of Alumni Weekend is By Sitting in a Dark Theater, Watching a Show, and Not Talking to Anyone, a Sketch Comedy Revue by Peter Eash-Scott (1999) and Greg Wendling (1999)”
    Saturday, Oct. 5, 4 p.m.
    $5 general admission

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  • “We Know There Are Oceans” by Michelle Milne ’94 and Heather Kropf ’94
    Sunday, Oct. 6, 2 p.m.
    $5 general admission

Michelle Milne’s stories and Heather Kropf’s songs wind together through cross-country travel and journeys of the heart, exploring the edges of our worlds and the harbors of our homes. Both Milne and Kropf are members of the GC Class of 1994.  For more information visit weknowthereareoceans.com

Fall Mainstage 2019: “Almost, Maine” By John Cariani
Directed by Doug Liechty Caskey
Nov.15, 16 & 23, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 17 & 24, 2:30 p.m.
$10 general, $5 students, seniors, GC employees

Welcome to Almost, Maine, a place that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States. It’s almost in Canada. And it’s not quite a town, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it almost doesn’t exist. One cold, clear, winter night, as the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, the residents of Almost, Maine, find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.

Musical Theater Scenes
Feb. 14 & 15, 7:30 p.m.; Feb.16, 2:30 p.m.
$5 general admission

Join the GC Music and Theater Departments as they celebrate Broadway and classic operatic works with a fully staged series of scenes.

Spring Mainstage: “Cymbeline” By William Shakespeare
Directed by Michelle Milne
March 27, 28 & April 3, 7:30 p.m.; March 29 & April 5, 2:30 p.m.
$10 general, $5 students, seniors, GC employees

In this romantic and humorous tale of love, betrayal, and mistaken identity, Shakespeare pulls from a stockpile of his famous tropes and devices. Cymbeline follows loyal Imogen as she takes fate into her own hands to reunite with the man who betrayed her. Other characters include a scheming queen, a devoted servant, a hotheaded fool, a jealous husband, a demanding father, a lying lecher, a kidnapper, two ghosts, and the almighty Zeus to name a few. Through gender bending various roles, we will examine the themes of gender and stereotypes in this classic work of theater.