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2020 - 2021 Season

Fusion Theatre  Wells Theater

September 19, 2020

FusionFest VII
A 24-Hour Play Festival

Saturday 7:30 pm (Wallace Hall Plaza)


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What happens when entire plays are created, rehearsed, staged, and performed for an audience – all in the span of 24 hours? 

Just about anything.  And it’s a whole lot of fun to watch!

Welcome to FusionFest VII – Monmouth College Department of Theatre’s seventh annual 24-hour play festival!

Here’s how it works:  At 7:30 PM on Friday, September 18, a group of playwrights will each randomly draw a team of actors, a director, and a random phrase.  The intrepid (and soon to be sleep-deprived) playwrights then have a mere 12 hours to write a short play featuring their actors and, at some point in the dialogue, their random phrase.  At 7:30 AM, the playwrights hand off their brand-new creations, and the director and actors then have until 7:30 PM to rehearse, stage, and memorize it all before performing before a live audience on Saturday night. 

Hilarity and hijinks are bound to ensue as part of this chaotic and exciting theatrical event! 

Wallace Hall Plaza

October 23, 25, 29, 31 2020
An Enemy of the People

by Arthur Miller
A Radio Play

7:30 pm Fri., Thurs.
2 pm Sun., Sat.

Cast of Characters


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Podcast about the production (Monmouth College)

Podcast about the production (WMOI)

When Dr. Stockmann discovers that the water in the small Norwegian town in which he is the resident physician has been contaminated, he does what any responsible citizen would do: reports it to the authorities. But Stockmann’s good deed has the potential to ruin the town’s reputation as a popular spa destination, and instead of being hailed as a hero, Stockmann is labeled an enemy of the people. Arthur Miller’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s classic drama is a classic in itself, a penetrating exploration of what happens when the truth comes up against the will of the majority. A story for our politically challenging times.

directed by Doug Rankin

Fusion Theatre

November 20, 22, 2020
Dead Man's Cell Phone
by Sarah Ruhl

7:30 pm Fri., 2 pm Sun. 

Cast of Characters


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TV Story (WQAD)

An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man – with a lot of loose ends. So begins Dead Man’s Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative new comedy by MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl. A work about how we memorialize the dead – and how that remembering changes us – it is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.

directed by the Theatre Directing Class

Wells Theater

February 25-28, 2021
Gruesome Playground Injuries
Rajiv Joseph

7:30 pm Thurs., Fri., Sat.; 2 pm Sun. 

Cast of Characters


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Over the course of 30 years, the lives of Kayleen and Doug intersect at the most bizarre intervals, leading the two childhood friends to compare scars and the physical calamities that keep drawing them together.

directed by Todd Quick

Fusion Theatre

April 15-18, 2021
Little Women
Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein;
Music by Jason Howland
Book by Allan Knee

7:30 pm Thurs.-Sat.; 2 pm Sun. 

Cast of Characters

Based on Louisa May Alcott's life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.

directed and choreographed by Vanessa Campagna

Wells Theater


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