44 Plays for 44 Presidents: Theory of Connectivity
Muhlenberg’s production of “44 Plays for 44 Presidents”
Troy Dwyer, associate professor of theatre & dance and the production artistic director of “44 Plays for 44 Presidents,” first experienced the Neo-Futurist play when the run held the title “43 Plays for 43 Presidents” back in 2002 while in Atlanta. He was drawn to the distinct challenge inherent in the piece, which involves chronicling the tenure of each of our nation’s leaders in a decidedly limited timeframe.
The performance is staged in Muhlenberg's Studio Theatre and follows a nonrealistic format, with individual presidents represented in scenes that are dramatic, musical, somber or comedic. The pace changes rapidly and often, and audience members should expect a vastly diverse experience as the play progresses.
“44 Presidents” is the latest example of engaged students and political education at Muhlenberg College. In addition to academic programs in American studies, history, political economy and public policy and political science, Muhlenberg’s Institute of Public Opinion is a nationally recognized source of data on original public research and expert analysis.
The production features an ensemble cast of 20 student actors, Troy Dwyer as production artistic director, directors Lily Dwoskin '13, Jerald V. Kaplan ’13, Judith Mandel '13 and Troy Dwyer and choreographers Allison Berger '14 and Nina Pongratz ’13.
“44 Plays for 44 Presidents” is part of a 44-production national festival. Muhlenberg College encourages every member of our community to register to vote and will hold voter registration in the lobby following each performance.
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