The Scarlet Professor

Date(s) - Friday, September 15, 2017
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts

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THE SCARLET PROFESSOR by Eric Sawyer, Harley Erdman, and Barry Werth
directed by Ron Bashford
conducted by Eduardo Leandro
choreography by Paul Matteson

Sept 15, 16, 23 at 8pm, Sept 17 and 24 at 3pm

A true story of shame and scandal from 1960: renowned Smith English professor Newton Arvin is arrested and disgraced for possessing gay magazines and materials. The drama centers on Arvin’s friendship with a young colleague also caught in the scandal, as well as Arvin’s literary obsession with The Scarlet Letter, whose characters spring from his imagination onto the opera stage.

The first weekend of world premiere performances presented by Five College Opera features a cast of top opera professionals. The second weekend features a cast of young artists from the Five Colleges. Ron Bashford directs the stage and Eduardo Leandro conducts an orchestra of Five College faculty.