Caltech Theater Presents "Company" by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Brian Brophy
Theater Arts Caltech dives headfirst into the Sondheim revival with a contemporary spin on the 1970 musical Company, directed by Brian Brophy. This frank examination on the nature of relationships,marriage and the state of solitude in our post-modern era introduces us to Bobby, an urbanite living in New York City who, on the eve of a seminal birthday, begins to see through the cracks in the seemingly perfect relationships around him and asks plaintively:"What do you get?"
The role of the charming misfit Bobby is played with extraordinary sensitivity by Steve Markham, a Phd student in Geological and Planetary Sciences at Caltech, while the married couples, former flames and casual flings that constitute Bobby's trove of emotional spirit guides are brought to life by a host of talented undergraduates, PhD students, alumni, staff employees, JPL engineers and associated community members.
Choreographer Dr. Crystal Dilworth dynamizes the story with her trademark lyrical intensity and humor in spectacular dance sequences, and the exciting and complex score will be conducted by musical director Scott Lehmkuhl, a long-time core member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. A multipiece band will lead the cast through some of Sondheim's most memorable and intricate works, such as "Company", "Not Getting Married Today", "Another Hundred People", "Ladies Who Lunch", and the "Being Alive."