On Tuesday night March 29th, after the preview of Coram Boy, there will be a special talkback that will focus on international slavery, the meaning and monitoring or Free Trade, and what we can do to help eliminate the gruesome human cost of making a buck.
The Ithaca College main-stage season begins with Plumfield, Iraq by Barbara Lebow, an unflinching look at the havoc a distant military conflict wreaks on small-town American life. The fall musical is Light in the Piazza, written by Craig Lucas with music and lyrics by Adam Guettel (Floyd Collins), set in Italy and based on a novella by Elizabeth Spencer. Presented...
“The way a nation treats its poor and unfortunate citizens, most especially its children, is the mark of how civilized it truly is.” —Gaddarn, Coram Boy
I have found, over time, that I can never really know what I will uncover in my research and explorations in preparation for a play. I know I can count on historical background, accounts of manners and social form,...
Thomas Coram and the Foundling Hospital
by Emily Viterese, Assistant Dramaturg
Captain Thomas Coram born in 1668 was the founder of the Foundling Hospital located in London. Before he retired to his home in London with his wife he was the master of a trading vessel between England and Massachusetts. He would frequently travel into the city on business and saw...
Notes from the Assistant Dramaturg, Casey Krosser
Handel is considered one of the greatest English composers of the Baroque period. Handel’s father, like Alexander Ashbrook’s in Coram Boy, did not support his son’s passion for music. Instead Handel’s father pressured his son to become a lawyer. Nevertheless Handel continued to study and became...