Academic Programs

Season 2013-14


Lloyd’s Prayer, by Kevin Kling

Directed by Sullivan Canaday White

Lloyd’s Prayer is a hilarious comic parable about Bob, the Raccoon Boy, and what happens when he is “rescued” from the raccoons who raised him and taught him what it means to be human.

Bob is taken from his home by Lloyd, an ex-con who decides to become a religious evangelist and use Bob as his main attraction. Both become celebrities. Bob is on the verge of innocence corrupted when a beautiful guardian angel appears and a tug-of-war ensues between the angel and Lloyd, with Bob the Raccoon Boy as the rope.

November 14, 22 at 7:30 p.m.
November 17 at 2 p.m.
Lucille C. Little Theater

Crumble (Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake),
by Sheila Callahan

Directed by Tori Lantrip

It’s Christmas, and a year has passed since the untimely death of Janice’s father. Struggling to cope, Janice is holding spiteful conversations with her dolls, and Mother is suffering from panic attacks, with only her baking skills to keep her busy.

In their deteriorating apartment that incessantly begs for repairs, their only comforts are visitations from their respective celebrity crushes—Justin Timberlake and Harrison Ford. With the support of Justin’s affection, Janice begins to craft a plan that will mend the chasm in their lives. Meanwhile, the apartment is developing murderous plans of its own.

November 15, 20, 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Lucille C. Little Theater

The Yellow Boat, by David Saar

Directed by Tony Del Grosso '14

This dramatization is based on the true story of David and Sonja Saar's son, Benjamin, who was born with congenital hemophilia and died in 1987 at the age of 8 of AIDS-related complications. A uniquely gifted visual artist, Benjamin's buoyant imagination transformed his physical and emotional pain into a blaze of colors and shapes in his fanciful drawings and paintings.

A Scandinavian folksong tells of three little boats: "One was blue, one was red, and one was yellow as the sun. They sailed far out to sea. The blue one returned to the harbor. The red one sailed home, too. But the yellow boat sailed up to the sun." Benjamin always concluded his bedtime ritual by saying, "Mom, you can be the red boat or the blue boat, but I am the yellow boat." Benjamin's remarkable voyage continues to touch audiences around the world.

November 16, 21 at 7:30 p.m.
November 24 at 2 p.m.
Lucille C. Little Theater

Flight & Workshop

Guest Artist Kevin Kling

A poignant collection of stories about courage, risk, and the love of life.

February 10–13
Lucille C. Little Theater

Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions, by Maurice Manning

A Theatrical Adaptation
Directed by Michael Bigelow Dixon

This theatrical production of Maurice Manning’s prize-winning poetry leads us on a wild ride through the life of Lawrence Booth, a man-child in the rural South whose tendency to mythologize events provides a way to escape the pain of dealing with them.

Manning’s colorful, quirky verse conjures up a dramatic narrative surrounding a cast of allegorical, yet very real characters, among them “The Missionary Woman,” with whom Booth eventually falls in love and starts a family; “Black Damon,” Booth’s “pastoral comrade”; and “Mad Daddy,” Booth’s father and the narrative’s villain.

March 27–30, April 3–5
Lucille C. Little Theater

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