A Studio Theatre Production, By Karel Capek

October 23–26 Tuesday–Friday @ 8 p.m. Studio Theatre

October 27 Saturday @ 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Studio Theatre

Written in 1921 by Czech playwright Karel Capek, this play coined the term “robot” and was one of the first works of science fiction as we know it. In the play, human beings develop the ability to manufacture massive numbers of robots whose purpose is to work as servants to the human race. The robots, seemingly incapable of human thought or feeling but ever self-improving, eventually rebel against humanity. As the human population dwindles due to widespread infertility, the question of whether the robots can emulate their masters in something more than rational thought hangs in the balance. Contains adult images.

The Studio Theatre

The JMU School of Theatre and Dance provides students with pre–professional training opportunities as directors, playwrights, designers, actors, technicians and managers. In the Studio Theatre at the Forbes Center, student–produced works comprise the Experimental Theatre Series. In contrast to the faculty and guest–directed shows in the Forbes Center's larger Mainstage Theatre, the Studio Theatre offers students a flexible, state–of–the–art theatre “laboratory” in which to develop their own work. In these student directed, designed, and acted performances, students explore the possibilities of staging and, occasionally, non-traditional approaches and scripts. Audiences are invited to come and experience the new and often thought-provoking work of tomorrow's theatre professionals.

Ticket prices: $6. General Admission. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 1½ hours prior to performance) or at the Studio Theatre Box Office 1 hour prior to each performance. Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted.

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