Dutchman is a play by LeRoi Jones that takes place on your average subway ride which means at to be anything but ordinary. A white woman and young black man engage in conversation flirting with race and rage as we discover an anger below the everyday American attitude. 21 Chump Street is a mini musical written by Tony Award winning composer Lin Manuel Miranda, best known for his Broadway blockbuster Hamilton currently on the stage, that is based off a real life story. A high school boy falls for a transfer student who actually ends up being an undercover cop investigating the school for drugs. The musical short is less than a one-act show and musically, clocks in at less than 15 minutes.
Wagner College Theatre is a nationally ranked college theatre program located at Wagner College on Staten Island in New York City. The theatre program, which has been around since the 1960′s, has worked its way up to become one of the top ranked theatre programs by The Princeton Review. It has remained in the Top 5 Programs for the past 10 years and this past year ranked in at #2 in the nation. The program boosts a wonderful list of alumni and produces eight productions a year with four on the Main Stage and four in the Stage One Studio. The Main Stage kicked off its season with Damn Yankees last week! Slated to hit the stage later this season on the Main Stage is The Most Happy Fella, Iolanthe and A Chorus Line while the Stage One Studio Theatre you can expect to see The Tempest, the premiere of New York Lands and The Dance Project.
I am incredibly excited to visit Wagner College later this week to experience this double bill for myself! I cannot recall in recent memory Wagner College Theatre ever producing a double bill on one of its stages. David McDonald has helmed some of the most brilliant and interactive works in this space and I can only imagine he has done so again tapping into the national conversation currently happening. He works far beyond the text and consistently provides theatre with students performing far beyond their average performance level. I look forward to joining in the conversation later this week. Don’t forget, Damn Yankees begins a second week of performances on the Main Stage tomorrow running through Sunday!
Don’t miss your chance to sit down, speak up and become part of the conversation as Wagner College Theatre kicks off its Stage One Studio season with a unique double bill experience! Tickets can be purchased at the box office located in Main Hall on the Wagner College Campus on Staten Island. Current Wagner College students can attend the production for free by showing their current student ID. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. For more, call the box office at (718) 390-3259. Thank you to Karen O’Donnell for the photos used in this blog post. For more information, visit Wagner College Theatre’s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter. And of course, be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!