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The Hilltop Players announces the 2013-2014 season


by David Auburn

Catherine spent years caring for her brilliant, but unstable father who was a famous mathematician.  Now, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her sister; and a former student of her father’s who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness—or genius—will she inherit?


Spring Awakening

Book and Lyrics by Steven Slater
Music by Duncan Sheik
Based on the play by Frank Wedekind 

In Germany, 1891, children are not being taught lessons to help them with life, instead their time is devoted to memorizing Latin and to mind their parents. SPRING AWAKENING explores the confusion and desperation that ensue when the onrushing tide of hormones meets the ignorance of children. SPRING AWAKENING celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy, and passion that you will never forget.

ADULT ADVISORY: Due to language, violence, and adult subject matter, this show is not suitable for all audiences.


Student-Directed One-Act Festival of Comedic Playwrights 

The West Liberty University Hilltop Players upperclassmen, who finished their coursework in the directing course, will choose, cast, direct, and oversee the designs of their plays.  A combination of comedic one-acts that are certain to tickle anyone’s funny-bone will be performed for your pleasure.


The Importance of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde 

Often considered the wittiest comedy ever written, with the subtitle “A Trivial Comedy for Serious People” Oscar Wilde perfectly describes this play.  Wilde creates a world where something as trivial as a first name is the difference between love and loss – and that name is “Earnest”.  Whenever Jack Worthing slips away to London from his Hertfordshire estate he says he is going to see his (fictitious) wayward brother Ernest. Once there he keeps his privacy by calling himself Ernest – luckily so as his beloved Gwendolen declares she could only love an Ernest. Her cousin Algy is the one person who knows Jack’s secret and one day he travels down to the estate, announcing himself to Jack’s attractive ward Cecily as bad brother Ernest. Cecily is much taken with him and with his name, so on Jack’s return home and Gwendolen’s unexpectedly arrival it becomes clear there are both too many and too few Ernests earnestly courting.