The Moors premiers on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at the Bininger Theatre. 

This fall, Eckerd’s theatre department will take on “The Moors”. Directed by Professor of Theatre Cynthia Totten, the production will open on Wednesday, Oct. 27 and close just before Halloween on Oct. 30.

The plot revolves around a fictional depiction of the Bronte sisters' lives. They were popular for writing popular gothic romance novels such as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. “The Moors” is about the two sisters and a dog who are visited by a governess and moor hen, which spirals all characters into a dangerous adventure. The title of the play refers to the setting of the play in an English countryside during the mid-1800s. 

“All the characters are looking for their identity, they want to be seen. They want love and power and acceptance,” Totten said. “It’s about trying to find your identity, trying to figure out your place in the world and how to progress through relationships and friendships.”

Despite taking place in a different country and period, the play is still highly relatable for Eckerd students who are still figuring out who they are and who they want to be, according to Totten. 

“They all want to be successful in their own right and own way,” junior Anna Fraser, who portrays Agatha, said. “It’s the same as college students as a whole. We all want to be successful in whatever we deem success to be.”

Fraser notes that the depiction of women in the 1800s is a stark contrast to the portrayal of women today, who have gained more acceptance attaining an education and pursuing a career compared to the 1800s. Themes of femininity and power are central to the production, along with the struggle of juggling relationships among one another. 

“I love all the scenes,” Totten said. “[There’s a] theatrical magic of actors playing animals who are not necessarily animal-like, talking about very compelling philosophical themes.” 

Eckerd’s theatre department typically has two productions every year. Everyone is welcome to audition and participate, and the department will accept students with varying levels of experiences across multiple majors. 

Totten notes that each play is a cooperation amongst faculty, students and even alumni, who help with costume design. “The Moors” is no different, as it represents the collaboration in the Eckerd community. All professors in the art faculty cooperated to create the set and costume design and no one professor takes ownership of any production that is held. 

“The Moors” will hold its opening show on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 7.30 p.m. and will run until Saturday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. in the Bininger Theater. Tickets can be purchased through the Eckerd College Theatre Department. 

“The production is for those who enjoy edgy comedy about things that go wrong in life,” Totten said. “There is sinister whimsy in the play.”

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