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Reframe: Lincoln’s 2019–2020 Theatre Season

Lincoln School’s Performing Arts Department has announced the 2019–2020 theatre season and this year we are doing things a little bit differently. 

The season–which consists of the Fall Play, the Grade 8 Musical, the Winter Musical, and the Spring Production–is tied together by an organizing principle, the word reframe

“What does it mean to see the world through someone else’s eyes?,” asks Erin Cawley, the Performing Arts Department Head. “What does examining our own perspectives enable us to learn about ourselves and others? When we reframe the narrative of world-views, from the personal to the history and politics of our country, what can transform?  What can we learn and take away that makes us stronger? This concept resonates through all of our productions, from the personal in Freaky Friday to the historical/political in Men on Boats and Urinetown.”

The 2019–2020 Theatre Season runs from the Fall Play in November to the Spring Production in May and will feature the following:

Fall Play
Men on Boats, by Jaclyn Backhaus
November 15 & 16

Grade 8 Musical
Freaky Friday One-Act Edition, by Bridget Carpenter, Tom Kitt, and Brian Yorkey
January 23

Winter Musical
Urinetown:  The Musical, by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis
March 6 & 7

Spring Production
10-Minute Play Festival
May 15 & 16

Auditions for Men on Boats–a play based on the 1869 journal of John Wesley Powell–took place on Wednesday, September 11. The cast list will be announced soon. Backhaus, who wrote the play in 2015, threw a twist into her script, declaring that, “The characters in Men on Boats were historically cisgender white males. The cast should be made up entirely of people who are not. I’m talking about racially diverse actors who are female-identifying, trans-identifying, gender fluid, and/or non-gender-conforming.”

Cawley reflected on the decision to do this play, sharing, “Backhaus says that the play is secretly about, ‘what it means to tell a manifest destiny narrative in the first place,’ and that it asks, ‘Who are the people we don’t actually get to witness in our historical recordings?’ The play is also hilarious and very physically active–actors piled into four small boats navigating a river, crashing into rocks, avoiding snakes–just about the most fun you can have creating theatre with a group, from the one-armed captain to the newbie recruit.”

Make sure to pencil these performances into your calendar, and stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes info from our Performing Arts Department!