The Modern Theatre at Suffolk University announces the programming lineup for its fall 2012 season, featuring pioneering new performances, classic cinema, stimulating conversation, and penetrating analysis of the 2012 election season.

The Diva Monologues
8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15
4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16

Intermezzo: New England Chamber Opera presents a collection of one-act operas about women in history who have struggled to define their identities.

  • In At the Statue of Venus by Jake Heggie, libretto by Terrence McNally, a woman waits to meet a blind date while standing next to a statue of Venus in a museum, deliberating the many plusses and minuses of dating in the modern age.
  • The Stronger, by Hugo Weisgall, is an adaptation of August Strindberg’s short play about jealousy and power.
  • Miss Haversham’s Wedding Night, by Dominick Argento, is based on the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations.

Janna Baty, Barbara Kilduff, and Kristen Watson play the divas. Musical direction is by Linda Osborn-Blaschke, Brian Moll, and Stephen Yenger. Marc Astafan and Kirsten Z. Cairns are the stage directors. The set is designed by William A. Fregosi and lighting by Winston Limauge.

WGBH’s Innovation Hub with Kara Miller
"The New Economy: How Automation is Changing the Game"
7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27
An exclusive off-air discussion with Andrew McAfee, author of Race Against the Machine; Daniel Theobold, chief technology officer of Vecna Technologies; Willy Shih, Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School; and Rodney Brooks, founder of Rethink Robotics. This conversation is led by Kara Miller and co-sponsored by Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School.

"Election 2012 at Suffolk University"
October dates to be announced.
Suffolk University will present a dynamic series of events spotlighting the 2012 presidential election. This academic outlook on the election will range from debates to panel discussions, polls to multimedia.

At Ease
8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5
8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6
A documentary theater production about the United States military experience, collaboratively created by Suffolk Theatre Department and veteran students and directed by Caitlin Langstaff. Facilitated discussions will follow both performances. At Ease is presented by the Suffolk University Theatre Department.

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10
On the 50th anniversary of its release, this political and psychological thriller still resonates for contemporary audiences in an election year. The film was directed by John Frankenheimer and features Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, and Angela Lansbury. A facilitated discussion will follow the screening, presented in collaboration with the Boston Preservation Alliance.

"Thomas Köner | Live Soundtrack to E.A. DuPont's Das Alte Gesetz (This Ancient Law)"
7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13
This 1923 Weimar-era silent film will be screened with live musical accompaniment by German composer and pioneering multimedia artist Thomas Köner. In Das Alte Gesetz an orthodox rabbi’s son tears himself away from his family’s sacred traditions to become an actor in Vienna. The film and concert are presented in cooperation with Non-Event, Goethe-Institut Boston, and the National Center for Jewish Film.

These Seven Sicknesses
Friday, Nov. 16 – Sunday, Nov. 18
By Sean Graney
Directed by Wesley Savick
Hilarious, terrifying, and primal; these words describe the Boston premiere of Sean Graney’s adaptation of the Sophocles tragedies Oedipus, In Trachis, Philoktetes, In Colonus, Ajax, Elektra, and Antigone. Savick directs this unique theatrical event—lauded by the New York Times as “entertaining and fresh”— which features Suffolk University Theatre Department students.

Love, Faith, and Other Dirty Words
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29
The New Center for Arts and Culture presents a funny and moving story of interfaith couples negotiating (and sometimes battling) to maintain the balance between devotion to each other and devotion to their separate faiths. This original play was developed collaboratively by members of Prism, the young adult division of the New Center for Arts and Culture, and theater artist Kent Stephens. Performances will be followed by an audience discussion led by Lev Baesh, a progressive rabbi and the Director of the Resource Center for Jewish Clergy at The discussion following the Wednesday, Nov. 28, production will be geared to a young-adult audience.


Tickets for all events are on sale at Tickets for WGBH’s Innovation Hub, At Ease, and The Manchurian Candidate also are available by phone at 800-440-7654. The Modern Theatre at Suffolk University is located at 525 Washington St. in Downtown Boston.

All programming subject to change

The Modern Theatre at Suffolk University is the newest performance space in the Washington Street Theater District. The grand facade of the historic theater, Boston’s first designed specifically for showing movies, has been painstakingly restored and reconstructed as part of the Modern Theatre and residence hall development. Inside, an intimate jewel-box theater showcases central design elements that are a modernization of some of the most distinctive historic features of the 1914 theater. The state-of-the-art, 185-seat venue is ideal for live performances, conversations, readings and film screenings and promotes excellence and innovation through all of its programming. For more about these and other programs at the Modern visit: The Modern Theatre is managed and programmed by the Theatre Department at Suffolk University.