Governors State University stages ‘A ... My Name is Alice’
By Jessi Virtusio firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @JessiVirtusio October 30, 2013 3:06PM
Governors State University is preparing for the staging of "A ... My Name is Alice" from Nov. 6-8 in University Park. | Melissa Hall photo
‘A … MY NAME
♦ 8 p.m. Nov. 6-8
♦ Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts, off University Parkway east of Governors Highway, University Park
♦ Tickets, $10, or $5 for students
♦ (708) 235-2222;
Updated: December 2, 2013 11:17AM
When it comes to learning about theater and performance, Governors State University has stepped up its game.
The University Park learning institution is reviving its Theatre and Performance Studies program.
“Our major isn’t up and running yet. We have the paperwork for hopefully a fall 2014 start. Our minor launched in fall of 2013,” said Patrick Santoro, director of the program and an assistant professor of theater and performance studies at GSU.
Students already in the program along with community members will stage “A ... My Name is Alice,” the second academic production, from Nov. 6-8.
“We’ve had many theaters come and rent the space, but the theater program died in the mid-1990s right before the Center for Performing Arts was built,” Santoro said.
“Now we’re seeing a resurrection of the arts. GSU is moving from an upper-division school where we only teach juniors, seniors and graduate students.
“In fall 2014 GSU will admit its first freshman class ever.”
Santoro said the musical revue “A ... My Name is Alice” is a show he’s wanted to direct for years.
“I remember coming across the song ‘The Portrait,’ and it’s about a daughter’s response to remembering her lost mother,” he said. “I was really touched by that.
“Another scene I came across was the scene ‘Hot Lunch,’ which is a moment on the construction site where a construction worker more or less calls out to a woman in that way that isn’t so flattering for a woman to hear.
“The entire show has women. It’s a nice way to think about those gender roles, and it’s a great moment in the show because the woman really turns the tables on the construction worker.
“It’s a show about women across these lifetimes. It’s women as friends, women as foes, women as mothers, divorced women. It’s about women dealing with their children.
“It really is, at its core, a comedy, but it has moment where you really are left feeling a bit of the drama of a woman’s life.”
The audience for “A ... My Name is Alice” will be seated on stage in a nightclub cabaret atmosphere.
“We have a really innovative program on the horizon,” Santoro said.
“It’s one of the only programs in the state at a public university that offers both theater and performance studies side by side.
“‘A lot of people are familiar with theater but less familiar with performance studies.
“Whereas both are interested in performing works on stage, performance studies has a vested interest in the process and what we can learn from communication from what we stage.”
Jessi Virtusio blogs about music, movies and more at blogs.southtownstar.com/entertainment, which will have more from Patrick Santoro about “A ... My Name is Alice” and GSU.