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2017-18 NHCC Theatre Season

 We Won't Pay

We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay by Dario Fo

October 27-November 4, 2017
Mainstage Production, Fine Arts Center Theatre, FAC 178
Directed by Mike Ricci

Written by Nobel Prize winning playwright Dario Fo, this laugh out-loud farce has been described as 'The Honeymooners meets I Love Lucy'. When the women of one town refuse to pay higher prices for their groceries, they start a protest, which starts a series of hilarious twists and turns for Antonia and her friend Margherita, who stay one step ahead of their husbands. Dario Fo has something to say about the government, labor practices, the health care system, religion, the police authorities, and economic disparity. There will be a food drive accompanying each performance. Ticket-holders are requested to bring in a non-perishable food item.

Performance Dates:

  • Friday, October 27, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 28, 2017 two performances at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. (Please note no 2 p.m. performance)
  • Friday, November 3, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. (ASL Signed Performance)
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

The Panza Monologues by Virginia Grise & Irma Mayorga

December 2-9, 2017
Black Box Theatre, Second Floor Campus Center, CC 242
Directed by Kathy Hendrickson

The Panza Monologues is a performance piece based on women's stories about their panza's: Tu sabes - that roll of belly we all try to hide! A women's tour de force as told through the words of women speaking with heart stopping frankness, these stories create a journey of poignancy, humor and revelation. The Panza Monologues boldly places the panza front and center as a symbol that reveals the lurking truths about women's thoughts, lives, loves, abuses and lived conditions. Come join the Panza Party! Power to the Panza!

Orphans by Lyle Kessler

February 23 - March 3, 2018
Black Box Theatre, Second Floor Campus Center, CC 242
Directed by Mike Ricci

Winner of numerous international awards, this exhilarating emotional roller coaster takes us to North Philadelphia, where two orphaned brothers eke out a meager existence. Philip, the younger brother, is sensitive, reclusive and self taught. His older brother Treat is a violent, petty thief who kidnaps a mysteriously wealthy business man. When the kidnapped victim turns the tables on the two brothers, he guides them to new discoveries about themselves, while becoming part of their family that had been given up for lost.

The Tempest by William Shakespeare, adapted by the ensemble

April 13-21, 2018
Mainstage production Fine Arts Center Theatre, FAC 178
Directed by Kathy Hendrickson

Set on a remote island filled with magic, mystery and reggae music, The Tempest tells the tale of the sorcerer Prospero, who conjures up a mighty storm that shipwrecks a group of travelers who have all, in some way, wronged him and his daughter Miranda. As they make their way onto the island, they find it enchanted; while jealousies, revenge, and ultimately - love, create a new world order. One of Shakespeare's last plays, it casts a spell on all who experience its magic.

All NHCC students get two free tickets to any NHCC performance. All other tickets are available at the box office a half hour before curtain, or online.

  • Guest Productions

    On the Road to Verona devised theatre collective, presented by Skyvault Theatre Company

    September 7, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
    Mainstage production Fine Arts Center Theatre, FAC 178

    This inventive and exuberant piece of theatre follows a motley band of youthful minstrels who discover that Will, their erstwhile leader, has snuck off to London with stories they created along with all of the adult actors. Based on a spare page of notes Will left behind, they come up with a high energy, audience interactive experience full of Shakespeare inspired folk and jazz music that weaves throughout this original re-telling of 'Two Gentlemen of Verona'.

    Electra by Euripedes, presented by Ten Thousand Things Theatre

    October 16, 2017 at 3 p.m.
    Center for Business and Technology Building, Grand Hall CBT 195
    Directed by Rebecca Novick

    Ever since her mother killed her father, Electra's life has gone from bad to worse. Now she's plotting revenge with the help of a mysterious stranger, the neighborhood wives, and an old friend, and hoping a little payback will turn things around.

    600 Whale devised theatre collective, created by workshop participants and Soren Olsen

    January 12, 2018 at 3 p.m.
    Mainstage production Fine Arts Center Theatre, FAC 178

    NHCC Scenic and Lighting Designer/Technical Director is also a company member of this cutting edge theatre collective whose work has been described as 'one to watch'. NHCC students will create an original devised piece of theatre that will be presented at the end of their week-long collaboration with members of 600 Whale.

    Park and Lake devised by Kira Obolensky and cast, presented by Ten Thousand Things Theatre

    February 15, 2018 at 3 p.m.
    Center for Business and Technology Building, Grand Hall CBT 195
    Co-directed by Michelle Hensley and Luverne Seifert

    In this physical and highly entertaining play, a group of eight motley employees at a failing small town care wash decide to take their destinies in their own hands.

    Threads of My Cloth: The Hmong journey to the United States, presented by Borealis Dance

    March 16 and 17, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
    Journey starts in the Black Box Theatre, Second Floor Campus Center, CC 242

    In this interactive dance performance piece, audience members will be taken on a spiritual, emotional and literal journey that will mirror the journey of the Hmong refugees of the Vietnam War as they made their way to safety through Laos and Cambodia to the United States.

    Ten Minute Play Festival, presented by the NHCC Directing Class

    May 7 and 8, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
    Mainstage production Fine Arts Center Theatre, FAC 178

    Join us as the students of TFT 2010: Directing for the Stage, present some of the best writing for the stage with the Ten Minute Play Festival. This collection of plays all tell moving slice of life stories that will be sure to inspire and entertain while showcasing the amazing talent of our theatre students.

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Map of Fine Arts Center

Theatre Productions

Mike Ricci
Phone: 763-493-0543

Kathy Hendrickson
Phone: 763-424-0881

Dean of Fine Arts, Languages & Communication 
Jan McFall
Phone:763-488-0250

Administrative Assistant
Cheryl Clausen
Phone:763-424-0775

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