UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Because we couldn't bring you a live show last year, we created a filmed version of Mary Frankenstein, a new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, Frankenstein, by SASA instructor Dr. Kathy Welch.
About the production:
Mary Frankenstein, an ambitious medical student, toils to answer the bold questions of science to heal her grieving heart. When her creation stirs to life, she runs away in terror and Mary’s refusal to nurture the unfortunate creature ends in tragedy.
The production team used a variety of film and theatrical techniques including shadow work and puppetry to create this highly stylized and unique production. The film was shot in Syse Theatre which was converted to a film studio for the purpose. Faculty and students learned interesting new ways of bringing theatre to audiences, while observing proper Covid prevention measures.
Typhoid Mary: A Plague of Angels is a theatrical telling of the true story of Mary Mallon, known better in the early 20th century as “Typhoid Mary.” It is believed that Mary infected hundreds of people with typhoid fever, carrying the germ herself but never suffering from the disease. As one of the most infamous women in America in history, she was incredibly stubborn, ambitious, and in fierce denial of any wrongdoing in the spreading of the deadly typhoid disease.
This searing drama, which will be performed as a staged reading, captures the controversy surrounding Mary and her steadfast conviction in her beliefs about the disease, questioning the validity of science and medical treatments, personal responsibility, and freedom of choice. Playwright Mark St. Germain has brilliantly captured the woman behind the myths while exploring the enduring and timeless battle between science, medicine, religion, ethics, and personal choice in the face of a pandemic. Following the staged reading, which closely parallels many issues related to the current Covid-19 pandemic, there will be a post-show discussion with the production team and UWRF communicable disease experts.
A powerful magician in exile creates a great storm that shipwrecks enemies on a magical island filled with mysterious sprites. Funny, wistful, vengeful and poignant, the play explores what it is to be human.
Audience is by invitation only
Will be available to stream in early December
Nothing will prepare you for the dirty little secret Cass discovers in her husband’s sweater drawer. It is so shocking that our heroine has no choice but to flee to the honeymoon capital of the world in a frantic search for the life she thinks she missed out on. It’s a wild ride over Niagara Falls in a barrel of laughs as Cass embarks on a journey of self-discovery that has her crossing paths with an assortment of hilarious characters.
Last year was a challenging year here in the Stage and Screen Arts Department. We thrive when we are providing our students and audiences with LIVE performance and screening experiences, and we could not do as much of that as we usually do! We got creative, and found ways to give our students some great experience finding new ways to collaborate in order to create and share their stories. We have all learned a lot, and we believe that we can now provide even better learning and entertainment that aligns with what the Stage and Screen industries will require in their employees in the future.
A curated festival of Original One-Act Plays created for Stage and Screen Arts' Fall 2020 playwriting class was performed for a small, invited Covid-safe audience on April 1.