When: March 19-22, 8 p.m. 2015
A popular style which originated in Europe and America in the nineteenth century, Melodrama at its best conveys the sufferings and triumphs of human life in the grip of powerful external forces: love and hatred, loyalty and jealousy, hope and revenge, tyranny and cruelty. Characters are tested by terrible adversity, so that the forces of good may rise and triumph in the end; when all seems lost, courage, love, honor and justice prevail against impossible odds. An Evening of Melodrama is comprised of a collection of theatrical stories created by Dell’Arte’s first year ensemble, featuring 29 students from 10 countries, including Sweden, Ireland, Denmark, Canada, Germany, Greece, South Korea, Zimbabwe, India and the United States. The short plays are highly physical and poetic, and heightened by music (melo-drama's original meaning is "music-drama"). Following five weeks of intensive study with Dell’Arte Master Teachers Lauren Wilson, Ronlin Foreman and Donlin Foreman, this international ensemble of actors brings you an evening of evocative and powerful theatre alive with the force of their convictions.