1968 Theatre Archive

  • June 6, 1967/68?
  • (Highlands Playhouse)

These plays are all directed and chosen by students enrolled in the Directing course (Speech – Drama 4315). These productions are the culmination of a quarter of hard work, including lectures, discussion, research, and a series of short directing exercises.

The Father flyer

  • January 5-6, 12-13, 1968
  • By August Strindberg
  • Directed by Mary Ann Mackey
  • (Highlands Playhouse)

An Alpha Psi Omega Fraternity Student Production. In the play, the Captain is slowly and painfully driven mad with doubt that he is not the father of his child. Laura, his wife, insidiously plants suspicion in him in order to have her own way with the child’s future. She is meticulous in her planning, gaining the confidence of the family doctor and all of their friends. The drama mounts and reaches a feverous climax as the Captain, once a distinguished scientist and officer realizes that his only escape is death.

  • January 22, 1968
  • Directed by Donald B. Muir
  • (Chabot College Auditorium)

Reader’s Theatre. Hayward Area Concert Association presents The Spirit of the Renaissance.

Dandelion Wine flyer

  • February 9-10, 1968
  • By Ray Bradbury
  • (Highlands Playhouse)
  • Reader’s Theatre

The Imaginary Invalid flyer

  • February 23-25, March 1-3, 1968
  • By Moliere
  • Directed by James O. Costy
  • (Highlands Playhouse)

Under Milk Wood flyer

  • May 3-4, 1968
  • By Dylan Thomas
  • Directed by Jeanne Hall
  • (Highlands Theatre)

Student Faculty Reader’s Theatre. Under Milk Wood its genesis in 1944 in one of Dylan Thomas' BBC programs that the he called "Quite Early One Morning". This was a set of vignettes of the people of a little seaside town as they emerged from their dreams one winter morning.

The Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings flyer

  • May 11, 1968
  • By Nellie McCaslin
  • Directed by Jeanne Hall
  • (Chabot College Auditorium)
  • Children’s Theatre

The Children's Hour flyer

  • May 17-19, 24-26, 1968
  • By Lillian Hellman
  • Directed by Donald B. Muir
  • (Highlands Playhouse)

"This is really not a play about lesbianism, but about a lie". When Lillian Hellman made this statement about The Children’s Hour at the time of its first production, the implications of "the big lie" were just beginning to be felt by people sensitive to contemporary events. In 1934, Adolf Hitler was well under way in the shaping of a new Germany, Stalin was about to start his purge trials in Moscow, and the world was beginning to feel the results of modern technology applied to the dissemination of lies and half-truths.

Swan Song flyer

  • August 9-11, 16-18, 1968
  • By Michael Stott
  • Directed by James O. Costy
  • (Highlands Playhouse)
  • November 1-3, 1968
  • By Paul Foster
  • Reader’s Theatre

The Invisible People flyer

  • November 16 & 23, 1968
  • By William Lavender
  • (Bohannon School)
  • (Chabot College Auditorium)
  • Children's Theatre

The Trojan Women flyer

  • November 15-17, 22-24, 1968
  • By Euripides
  • Directed by Donald B. Muir
  • (Highlands Playhouse)

Written during the Peloponnesian War, The Trojan Women (415 B.C.) shows Euripides profound disillusionment with Greece and the war-party in power at the time. His play attempts to arouse pathos for suffering brought about by war. In it he condemns the barbarity, folly and futility of war, which ruins victor and vanquished alike.

  • 1968/69?
  • By Huges
  • Presented by the Black Performing Art Theatre troupe.