Murder on the Nile, the stage adaption of renowned mystery author Agatha Christie’s book Death on the Nile, performed by New York’s Aquila Theater, is the first of many performances coming to the Hoke Theater stage in the Stocker Arts Center. It will be held on Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. and the cost per student-ticket is $10, $33 and $40 for non-student tickets. The show is set on a paddle steamer cruising along the Nile River in 1940s Egypt, where all seems normal as class, money, and reputation are all at stake in different ways for the paddle steamer’s passengers. Deceit, theft, and murder soon turn the once-pleasant cruise into a dangerous whodunit mystery.
“Murder on the Nile will be interesting, especially for anyone who is a Christie fan, or anybody who is a fan of mysteries,” said Janet Herman Barlow, the Director of Stocker Arts Center.
In conjunction with the college’s Arts and Humanities department, the center will be conducting a week long series of workshops and performances with Joanna Rush, an actress, playwright, and former Rockette.
“They’re going to do workshops with theater students, they’re going to do a workshop on sexual assault, and they’ll do a talk back after a performance of Kick,” said Barlow.
Rush will be performing her one-woman show Kick this October in the Cirigliano Studio Theater, as well as speaking about her experience with rape and how she got through it. Rush wrote the show, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, tony-nominated director and choreographer, directed the production.
“It’ll be interesting to see if people are willing to come to it, because it’s not a famous play, though it did have an off-Broadway run this last fall. We hope people will come to it because it’s a really important topic,” said Barlow.
Kick is not the only show with more serious topics scheduled to appear at Stocker Arts Center this October. Curtain Up at the Cotton Club will be gracing the Hoke Theater stage.
“[The show] gives a history of the Cotton Club, which pretty much every major African-American artist started at in that era,” said Barlow, “It will have really wonderful music, but you’ll also learn about the history of the club.”
The show is to be put on by The Musical Theater Project and features the full Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. The performance aims to take the audience back to Harlem in the 1920s and 30s, to the citadel of the New York Jazz Scene. It was a bigoted place embodying American racism, where a “whites-only” admittance policy was in place for the audience, forcing the Club’s performers to eat in the kitchens.
There are several more performances and guests coming to the Stocker Arts Center, ranging from visiting musicians to art showcases. Information and a calendar of upcoming events can be found by visiting their website, alongside visiting the box office located inside the Stocker Arts Center.
Since the 1980s, the Stocker Arts Center has been a cornerstone of learning at Lorain County Community College. From visual art galleries to the fall film series, the Stocker Arts Center handles it all. Due to the many art forms the college offers there is no shortage of events scheduled in the center’s theaters and gallery.
While the Stocker Arts Center books the film series, the art gallery, and the live events; they also work in conjunction with the Arts and Humanities department. Theatrical performances as well as the LCCC Civic Orchestra’s shows have their places in the 2016-2017 Stocker Arts Center season line-up.
For more details, visit stockercenter.com.