Hope College Theatre will present “Goodbye Beauty, Hello Dust,” a devised work created with the Detroit-based The Hinterlands theatre company, beginning Friday, Feb. 20, in the DeWitt Center main theatre.
The production will continue on Saturday, Feb. 21, and Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 25-28. All performances will be at 7:30 p.m.
Directed by guest artist Richard Neuman of The Hinterlands, the play is inspired by the Greek tragedy “Antigone,” by Sophocles. The work, led by Neuman, is ensemble-driven and has been created from hours of rehearsal and improvisational exercises.
The play’s title is taken from an old Italian partisan song, “Bella Ciao,” and from an image from “Antigone,” in which Antigone breaks the law by burying the body of her brother, who was deemed a traitor by the state. Neuman elaborates, “We’re exploring the questions posed by ‘Antigone’ and ‘Bella Ciao’: How far do we go for our beliefs? Is it far enough?”
The production team for “Goodbye Beauty, Hello Dust” includes faculty members Richard Smith as scenic and properties designer, Perry Landes as lighting and sound supervisor, and Michelle Bombe as costume design supervisor. The costume designer is senior Mary Elizabeth Winther of Canton, and the assistant costume designers are juniors Mollie Murk of Crystal Lake, Illinois, and Theo Zucker of Lake Orion. Junior Emilie Bickel of Denver, Colorado, is a props assistant, and junior Mandy Scott of Newberry is assistant properties designer. The lighting design assistants are junior Kenny Cole of Jenison and senior Dylan Connor of Tallahassee, Florida. The stage manager for the production is senior Emily Svendson of Crystal Lake, Illinois; the assistant stage managers are sophomores Sydney Luse of Elburn, Illinois, and Mariah Del Valle of Chicago, Illinois; and the devising manager is sophomore Aaron McEachran of Denver, Colorado.
The cast includes junior Emilie Bickel of Denver, Colorado; senior Austen Boer of Holland; junior Ellie Campbell of Barrington, Illinois; junior Kenny Cole of Jenison; senior Dylan Connor of Tallahassee, Florida; junior Mollie Murk of Crystal Lake, Illinois; junior Jessie Scott of Newberry; junior Mandy Scott of Newberry; junior Theo Zucker of Lake Orion; and sophomore Sean Zorn of Clinton Township.
Tickets are $10 for regular admission, $7 for senior citizens, Hope faculty and staff, and $5 for students, and are available at the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center (100 E. Eighth St.). The office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890. Patrons may purchase tickets in person, online at hope.edu/tickets, or by calling the ticket office.
The DeWitt Center is located at 141 E. 12th St., facing Columbia Avenue at 12th Street.