Theatre Fairfield presents Rachel Crothers’ A Man’s World, the first of the new Global Theatre Performance Series

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (Oct. 26, 2015) — Theatre Fairfield, the resident production company at Fairfield University, opens its 2015-16 season with Rachel Crothers’ play A Man’s World. Performances will take place at the Wien Experimental Black Box Theatre at Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Art on Oct. 28-31 at 8 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday Oct. 31 and Sunday Nov. 1. Tickets are $15 general admission, $6 seniors and University staff, and $5 students.

A Man’s World is a remarkably contemporary play written in 1909 by Rachel Crothers, a major Broadway playwright of the early twentieth century. The lead character, a woman named Frank Ware, is a successful novelist, social activist, and a caring woman who boldly adopts and raises a young boy whose mother died in childbirth. Frank combats the sexual double standard of her time, where men are “allowed” to be promiscuous while women must remain “pure.”  

“That double standard is still prevalent now,” said Dr. Martha S. LoMonaco, professor of theatre and Theatre Fairfield’s resident director. “I’ve been wanting to produce A Man’s World for years. It addresses feminist issues of its time that are still relevant to us today.

The play’s production is further enhanced by puppetry. Frank’s six-year-old son will be performed by three puppeteers manipulating a beautiful Bunraku-style puppet, which was designed and built by puppet master and guest artist Linda Wingerter, a professional freelance puppeteer and illustrator who previously worked with Theatre Fairfield on Avenue Q. Although engaged in serious themes, the show is suitable for all ages.

This production is also the first performance of the new Global Theatre Performance Series in the Quick Center’s Wien Black Box Theatre, “It's A Woman's World,” curated by Dr. LoMonaco. She has chosen three performance pieces celebrating American women who dare to make art "outside the box" by co-opting traditional male turf. Two other pieces will be presented on Sunday, November 15. INCARNATIONS is a performance collaboration between Emily Coates, a dancer, and Sarah Demers, a physicist, and it explores the intersections between kinesthetic imagination and scientific ideas. Four Women, created by DJ Reborn and fellow female hip-hop DJs, pays homage to Nina Simone's powerful song, "Four Women" of the 1960s. A reduced-rate festival pass for the entire series can be purchased at the Quick Center Box Office or by calling 203-254-4010.

Assisting Dr. LoMonaco on the production team are Karl G. Ruling, scenic designer; Lynne Chase, lighting designer; Julie Leavitt, costume designer; Linda Wingerter, puppet master; Jeremy Jenkins, technical director; and Michelle Rakowsky ’17, stage manager. The cast features Liam Cahill ’18, Maddie Craig ’19, Shannon Kelley ’19, Jessie Lizotte ’18, Alex Mongillo ’16, Kaylee Moran ’18, Aubrey Sierer ’16, Tori Schuchmann ’16, Nick Solimini ’16, and Sean Switzer ’17.

Theatre Fairfield is Fairfield University’s resident production company. The theatre program at Fairfield offers students a liberal arts education infused with the theoretical and practical aspects of the theatre profession. Theatre Fairfield produces three or more productions every year and serves as a platform for community engagement as well a positive and professional learning environment.

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Fairfield University is a Jesuit University, rooted in one of the world’s oldest intellectual and spiritual traditions. More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 36 states, 47 foreign countries, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are enrolled in the University’s five schools.  In the spirit of rigorous and sympathetic inquiry into all dimensions of human experience, Fairfield welcomes students from diverse backgrounds to share ideas and engage in open conversations. The University is located in the heart of a region where the future takes shape, on a stunning campus on the Connecticut coast just an hour from New York City.

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Posted on October 27, 2015

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