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Presenting the 2008 -2009 Season

The Hill of Victory by M. L. Powell
directed by Louie Podlaski

This new farce by a local author follows the on-screen and behind-the-scenes meltdowns of a group of Hollywood has-beens as they try to find success in “Victory Hill,” the newest nighttime drama to hit the basic cable airwaves. Filmed “live” before a “studio audience,” it grows increasingly obvious that between the on-set bickering, terrible time slot and badly written episodes, only a miracle can keep the show from being canceled. A real live play about a real fake show with real live commercials - really!

The Hill of Victory by M. L. Powell presented in November 2008
Rochester's Black Sheep Theatre Coalition

Adapted by Ivor Benjamin
from the stories of Ryonosuke Akutagawa
translated by Jane Guaschi
directed by Stephanie Roosa

In medieval Japan, three witnesses to a rape and murder meet at the derelict gates of Rashomon to recount what they saw. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that “truth” is not “fact”, for “truth” depends on your perspective. Based on the Japanese stories “The Gate at Rashomon” and “In the Grove,” Benjamin's retelling stays true to the original and leaves the audience without any easy answers.

Rashomon by Ivor Benjamin presented in January 2009
Rochester's Black Sheep Theatre Coalition

Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
adapted & directed by Michael H. Arve

Ibsen’s classic tale centering on the high strung anti-heroine comes to the Black Sheep stage! Hedda Gabler tells the story of a well-bred woman in a loveless marriage and stifled by social convention. Six months after marrying the dull George Tesman, Hedda meets a former lover and the woman now in love with him. Bored with her position in life, Hedda decides to play god with their lives for the thrill of it, with fatal results.

Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen presented in March 2009
Rochester's Black Sheep Theatre Coalition

Lysistrata by Aristophanes
adapted by Diane Mashia

The Greeks, Peloponnesians and Boeotians have been warring for decades and the women have had enough! Tired of being left alone while their husbands go off to fight in an endless feud, Lysistrata rallies the women of the three fighting countries and convinces them they can stop the war with a simple plan: withhold sex from their husbands until peace is reached. A new adaptation of this comedy proves one thing: the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Lysistrata by Aristophanes presented in June 2009

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