On the Boards: No Ordinary Drama

After a rollicking early November romp through ancient Ephesus in William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” (basis for the Rodgers and Hart musical “The Boys From Syracuse”), the Brandeis Theater Company moves into darker territory for its next offering. “Ordinary Mind, Ordinary Day,” scheduled for Feb. 16–19, 2012, is a stage adaptation by faculty director Adrianne Krstansky of four short stories by the difficult and sometimes controversial modernist Virginia Woolf. The title, Krstansky says, reflects Woolf’s practice of focusing on the events of everyday life — sipping tea, riding a train, walking through a garden — while elevating those experiences by placing them in their emotional contexts. “What are the memories and the feelings evoked by looking at a rose in a garden?” asks the director. “The answers will reveal themselves not only through language, but also through image, movement, music and dance.”

The BTC’s Spingold Theater Center season will continue March 29–April 1, 2012, with Oliver Goldsmith’s 18th-century comedy of manners “She Stoops to Conquer” and wind up April 28–29, 2012, with “Beyond the Boundaries,” a collaboration between choreographer Susan Dibble and sculptor Tory Fair, members of the Brandeis arts faculty.