The Gates of Wrath (115th Annual Varsity Show)

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The Gates of Wrath was the 115th annual Varsity Show. It was performed four times in Roone Arledge Auditorium at Columbia University from May 1st to May 3rd, 2009. The title is a combination of the John Steinbeck novel "The Grapes of Wrath" and a reference to the show's plot about the locking of Columbia's gates. The show featured a fictionalized Austin E. Quigley as its villain. It received generally negative reviews.

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Plot

The economy is in tatters, the endowment is down, and JJ's closes at 2am nowadays. As freshmen struggle to break out of the Columbia bubble, unemployed alums are desperate to break back in. And after fourteen years as dean of Columbia College, Austin Quigley has been unceremoniously sacked for his irresponsible spending and power-hungry ways. No, it's not an ideal time for anyone at Columbia this year.

But Quigley’s not leaving the ivory tower without a fight. Once university president Lee Bollinger is out on a “fun run,” the deranged dean locks the Columbia gates and establishes himself as ruler. When the campus becomes his self-contained kingdom, the CU Assassins game turns deadly, exorcisms start happening in the common rooms, and the Hallelujah Man preaches his message of love from 113th St.

In short, things in Morningside are as strange as ever, but now it’s a lot harder to get off-campus.

Creative Team

Production Team

  • Assistant Producer: Cody Holliday Haefner, CC '12
  • Assistant Director: Marly Faherty BC '12
  • Stage Managers: Brian LaPerche, CC '12; Emily Nagel, CC '12
  • Technical Director: Ajit C. Pillai, SEAS '11
  • Publicity Manager: Emma Kako
  • Graphic Designer: Jin Chen

Cast

  • Patrick Blute, CC '12....................................(Dean Austin Quigley)
  • Giselle Gastell, CC '09.................................(Gabrielle)
  • Emma Goidel, BC '12...................................(Laura)
  • Adam May, CC '11.......................................(Peter)
  • Nina Pedrad, CC '11.....................................(Ruth)
  • Kendale Winbush, CC '11..............................(Jake)
  • Morgan Fletcher, CC '12...............................(Ensemble)
  • Yonatan Gebeyehu, CC '11...........................(Ensemble)
  • John Goodwin, CC '12..................................(Ensemble)
  • Nicole Lopez, CC '12....................................(Ensemble)
  • Jill Schackner, BC '11..................................(Ensemble)
  • Connor Spahn, CC '12..................................(Ensemble)
  • Emily Wallen, BC '11....................................(Ensemble)

Design Team

  • Art Director/Set Designer: Cayle Ryan Pietras
  • Assistant Art Director: Rachel Karp
  • Technical Director: Ajit C. Pillai
  • Assistant Technical Director: Alex Jinich
  • Lighting Designers: Andrew Balmer, Will Brown
  • Assistant Lighting Designer: Michael Chan
  • Sound Designer: Will Schuessler
  • Assistant Sound Designer: Lila Neiswanger
  • Costume, Hair, and Make-up Designers: Hillary Baboukis, Halley Hair
  • Properties Designers: Kat Chan
  • Assistant Set Design: Elizabeth Rice
  • Head Carpenter: Daniel Miranda
  • Scenic Artists: Channa Bao, Liz Pipal
  • Artistic Department: Antoinette Allen, Jin Chen, Jenny Johnson, Scott Stewart, Mike Strickland, Steven Wong

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Preceded by
Morningside Hates
Varsity Show performances 
2009
Succeeded by
College Walk of Shame
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