24 Hour Comedy Fest Oh God AN ISRAELI PLAY BY ANAT GOV JANUARY 27 Risley Theatre is excited to be helping Professor Deborah Starr and The Department of Near Eastern Studies bring this exciting event to Cornell. Anat Gov's touching comedy about faith in secular society, featuring Wil Lyman of PBS's FRONTLINE and Maureen Keil er, directed by Guy Ben-Aharon.
Schoolhouse Rock LIVE! CREATED BY DAVID MCCALL FEBRUARY 21-22 A pop culture phenomenon comes to the musical stage! The Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, science and politics through clever, tuneful songs returns in this one-act musical that is both instructional and entertaining! Perfect for children and nostalgic adults.
Our Lady of 121st Street BY STEPHEN ADLY GUIRGIS MARCH 14-15 A wild romp teetering between farce and pathos from the well-known American playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis. When the much beloved and much feared Sister Rose dies in this dark comedy, her former students return to East Harlem to pay their respects, but the body has gone missing.
The Whistling Shrimp IMPROV COMEDY GROUP APRIL 11-12 The Whistling Shrimp is Cornell's oldest improv comedy troupe. The show is made up completely on the spot and lasts about an hour and a half. The Shrimp use a variety of long-form and short-form improv formats and use the audience to inspire the content of the show.
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A COLLECTION OF SHORT PLAYS APRIL 25-26 Three pieces by black playwrights that examine the psycho-social effects of American culture and race relations on black identity. The plays are: Dutchman by Amiri Baraka, Limitations of Life by Langston Hughes, and Funnyhouse of a Negro by Adrienne Kennedy
Jon & Keith Make Their Moms Proud AN ORIGINAL COMEDIC WORK MAY 9-10 22 years ago, Cynthia Zucker and Nouri Newman birthed Jon and Keith into the world. Not together though. That would be weird. They spent $200,000 over 4 years so their sons could write this sketch show. Let's help Jon and Keith make their moms proud.
BY THE CORNELL COMEDY COMMUNITY JANUARY 24-25 The Whistling Shrimp, Humor Us!, The Skits-O-Phrenics, and Pants But Not Quite come together to collaborate for 24-hours of stand-up and sketch comedy. After a night of stand-up shows randomly assigned groups have 24 hours to write and produce 10 minutes worth of sketches for the next night..
Pants, But Not Quite IMPROV COMEDY SHOW JANUARY 31-FEBRUARY 1 Pants But Not Quite is an improvisational comedy group. In this show, PBNQ wil take audience suggestions and improvise material; ideally, hilarity wil ensue. Also angsty superheroes, sometimes chaos, occasionally babies, and usually at least one front door on the second floor of a house.
Cyrano de Bergerac BY EDMOND ROSTAND MARCH 7-9 This classic work is the deeply moving tale of an eloquent, loyal, and larger-than-life man cursed with a disfigured nose. Fearing rejection, he expresses his affection for his idealized love via a handsome cadet who has no soul poetic. A heroic and romantic tragicomedy mixing fighting, food, facade, fear, and fancy.
35mm MELODRAMATICS THEATRE COMPANY MARCH 20-22 The Melodramatics are excited to present this musical exhibition by Ryan Scott Oliver. The piece is a series of songs based on and influenced by photographs by Matthew Murphy. Some of the songs are dark, some are funny, and all engaging and unique.
Twelfth Night CORNELL SHAKESPEARE TROUPE APRIL 19 A Staged Reading of one of Shakespeare's most-loved (and, arguably, most forward-thinking) comedies. Twelfth Night is a tale of love lost, found, fabricated, and confused, as its characters challenge gender norms and force one to question what it means to fall in love.
subculture SHORT PLAYS BY STEVE YOCKEY MAY 2-3 Five pulse-pounding short plays by Steve Yockey, a boundary-pushing queer playwright who probes the darker side of modern youth culture in his brutally-honest works. Risley Theatre is proud to be partnering with Cornell HAVEN for this production.