Mission and Objectives
The Roger Williams University Theatre program aims to provide each student with a well-rounded, general mastery of all areas of the theatre arts and an appreciation of the place of theatre in our world. Through the study of theatre the program also hopes to imbue students with love of learning while honing their tools of thought and expression. Our goal is to prepare students for further academic study, and careers in theatre and other liberal arts related areas. We seek to serve both those specializing in the study of theatre and those for whom theatre is studied as an adjunct to areas of concentration.
The formal course curriculum and the production program are designed to work symbiotically. The production program is designed to provide the working laboratory where the ideas and skills taught in the classroom are demonstrated, reinforced and mastered. The plays produced are chosen to afford students opportunities to research and to experience a range of materials in a variety of styles and genres.
In addition to the goals mentioned above, the program’s courses, productions, and activities are intended:
The Theatre program, through curriculum, productions, and activities, also strives to challenge and enrich the wider academic and regional communities intellectually, culturally, and artistically by providing a range of theatrical events for all to experience.
Adapted from Charlotte Brontë's novel by Polly Teale
Nov. 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at 7:30; Nov. 17 at 2:00
For a Victorian woman to express her passionate nature is to invite severe punishment. Could it be that Jane and the madwoman at Thornfield are not opposites, but are parts of the same woman? Central to this adaptation is the idea that inside the sensible and proper Jane exists another self who is passionate and sensual. Bertha, locked way in the attic embodies the fire and longing which Jane must keep hidden.