Theatre Advances

2-18-15 : The Sparrow Flies to the Garson next week

Just a few weeks ago, Molly Beach Murphy (B.F.A. Theatre ’09) flew from New York City back to her alma mater to begin rehearsals for her production of The Sparrow, an SMU Division of Theatre mainstage production that takes flight in the Greer Garson Theatre Feb. 25-March 1, 2015.

“In this production our hope it to take what is on the page, the intention of the story, and find our own way of briging it to life on stage,” Murphy said. “It’s a big story about community and belonging. It’s got a huge heart and is told with simple small theatrical conventions, and I think that tells you something really beautiful about life. There’s big life in small places, tight communities and in small things.”

The Sparrow, written by SMU theatre alumni Nathan Allen, Chris Mathews and Jake Minton is a play first produced at the House Theatre of Chicago, a nonprofit ensemble theatre company with the mission of exploring the ideas of storytelling in order to create a unique and interactive theatrical experience.

Upon their graduation from SMU’s Division of Theatre, Allen, with help from Mathews, Minton and seven other SMU Theatre alums, started The House Theatre in Chicago. Eleven SMU graduates are in the company today.

“At SMU, the faculty gave me tools for my toolbox,” Mathews said. “They weren’t giving me the one way to do things. They allowed me to explore. The harmony was in the arguments.”

After having heard so much about the alums who had started The House Theatre, Murphy was able to meet with Nathan Allen (B.F.A. Theatre ’00) to chat about The House Theatre of Chicago and The Sparrow.

“The House Theatre has always been a great inspiration to me and many SMU students as examples of alums who started their own thing, made their own world and created their own pieces,” Murphy said. “What I love about what The House does is that they create whole worlds and involve the audience in it entirely.”

In preparation for the opening of The Sparrow at SMU, graduate designers Darren Diggle (M.F.A. Design ’16), Janet Berka (M.F.A. Design ’16) and Hunter Dowell (M.F.A. Design ’16) continue to work on this production. In addition, Jeff Colangelo (B.F.A. Theatre ’13) and Katy Tye (B.F.A. Theatre ’15) have been serving as the cast’s fight captains and Associate Professor Sara Romersberger has been helping with movement work.

“We are fully staffed,” Murphy said with a giggle. “It’s going to be a very physical show. On the page, they’ve written all kinds of ‘impossible stage directions’ (as The House calls them) and our job is to carve out what our conventions are. How we are going to make a whole town fly.”

Chair of SMU’s Division of Theatre Stan Wojewodski Jr. looks forward to the production, on which so many current students and alumni have been collaborating over the past several months.

“It’s a marvelous and original script that looks at American life but most importantly it does it in very specific terms having to do with how a community understands itself and its individual members and how we either can look directly at things and heal or turn away from them and pretend that there’s nothing wrong,” Wojewodski said.

While at SMU, Murphy directed a lot of her own work and produced and directed several other projects and productions and was heavily involved in SMUST, SMU Student Theatre.

“I can’t say enough about SMUST,” Murphy said. “I think it’s really important for people to make their own work and to find out what your own work is especially when you have free space in the basement, because that costs in the real world!”

Murphy said that it is SMUST that made her realize that making her own work was something she wanted to do for the rest of her career.

“It’s that entrepreneurial spirit that SMUST cultivates,” Murphy said.When you go out, you have to hang your own lights, find your own space and make your own schedule and find your own money and convince people to do it.”

Since her graduation, Murphy has worked in venues such as Signature Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, the Public Theater, The Juilliard School, McCarter Theatre, The Atlantic Theatre, American Repertory Theater, Nickelodeon Theatricals, The Apollo Theater, Arena Stage, Harlem Stage, The Dallas Theater Center, Zach Scott Theatre and and NYU/Tisch.

Her most recent project was working with director Jo Bonney on the N.Y. Public Theater/American Repertory Theater production of Father Comes Home From The Wars, Pts. 1, 2 & 3 by Suzan-Lori Parks. Murphy is a recipient of SMU’s Garland Wright Award for Excellence in Directing.

“She’s a wonderful director,” Wojewodski said. “As she is working with some of the most interesting and exciting playwrights and directors right now, she is a wonderful resource and example for current students.”

How does she balance everything?

“A very intense Google calendar,” said Murphy with a giggle.

Wojewodski said he is often asked, “What sort of training are you training your students to do?” His reply: “We are training them to do the theatre they will make.”

Both Wojewodski and Murphy agree that the tools cultivated from a B.F.A. in theatre from SMU and from experience gained from SMUST can be applied to work in the real world.

“The most exciting thing about coming here is to work with the students,” Murphy said.“ SMU train’s you in theatrical craft, but more importantly it cultivates individual artistry. Everyone here is their own artist.  To have the opportunity to work and collaborate in such a bursting exciting environment is a true thrill and honor.”

 

3-23-15: Shakespeare in the Bar: Much Ado About Nothing

Fifteen actors will perform a barely rehearsed version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at The Wild Detectives in Dallas’ Bishop Arts District on Monday, March 23, 2015, accompanied with music by The 8th Street Orkestar.

This is the third production put on by Shakespeare in the Bar.

The origins of the project begin with Dallas-area actress and SMU theatre alumna Katherine Bourne, who spent last summer in Chicago working with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. While she was in Chicago, she saw a production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at The Back Room Shakespeare Project.

Bourne met up with fellow SMU alumna Alia Tavakolian and Dallas director Dylan Key to bring this concept to Dallas.

“This time around, more than in the past, the actors are really challenging themselves to lean into the vulnerability that comes with simply bringing yourself to the moment,” Bourne said. “With so little prep time, there is a real fight or flight mentality – to either cover up with a mask to protect yourself, or to trust yourself and your ensemble. One is easier; the other is braver.”

The play is a chance for audiences to “get to know their inner groundling,” Bourne said. In Shakespeare’s time, a groundling was the poorest member of the audience who had probably just left work, so the cast and crew of Shakespeare in the Bar encourage the audience to yell, indulge in a beer or too and have a great time along with the actors.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and audience will be capped once the bar reaches capacity of about 220, so the team encourages an early arrival.

 

9-29-14: PUBBIN’ WITH THE BARD

“A man cannot make him laugh – but that’s no marvel; he drinks no wine,” says Falstaff in Shakespeare’s Henry IV part 2.

Bard, beer and brews? Who could ask for more from an evening?

Twelve actors will perform a “barely rehearsed” version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at The Wild Detectives tomorrow night.

The origins of the project begin with Dallas-area actress and SMU theatre alumna Katherine Bourne, who spent the summer in Chicago working with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. While she was in Chicago, she saw a production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at The Back Room Shakespeare Project.

 

“Shakespeare in alternative spaces is not a new concept on the national scale, but Dallas certainly doesn’t have anything like Shakespeare in the Bar,” Bourne said.

 

Bourne met up with fellow SMU alumna and founder of the Davis Street Collective Alia Tavakolian and Artistic Associate and Dallas director Dylan Key to further discuss her idea of bringing this “Shakespeare in the Bar” concept to Dallas.

 

“I think we’re all responding to a desire, shared by many DFW theatre artists, to build new audiences for theatre in the metroplex,” Key said. “By producing this piece at Wild Detectives, we’re hoping to achieve that by meeting people on their own terms, audiences who otherwise may not frequent brick-and-mortar theater.”

 

The play is advertised as a chance for audiences to “get to know their inner groundling.” In Shakespeare’s time, a groundling was the poorest member of the audience who had probably just left work, so the cast and crew of Twelfth Night encourage the audience to yell and have a great time along with the actors.

 

The cast has had the script for three weeks and altogether has had a few rehearsals in preparation for this evening’s performance.

 

“There is little pressure here,” Tavakolian said. “We take the work seriously, yes, but we do our best to have loads of fun.”

 

“The hope is that this patched- together performance will bring out moments of clarity and great discovery between the actors,” Bourne said. “A long rehearsal setting is a great thing, but very often actors can use it as a crutch to avoid making “mistakes” or make any bold choices. We don’t have the time to be shy or proud in this situation. We just have to do it.”

 

Key agrees with Tavakolian, and has high hopes that this 85 minute Shakespeare comedy will attract those in Dallas that would not typically be drawn to the theatre.

 

What should audiences expect from the evening?

 

Tavakolian says, “A night filled with surprises, laughter, beer and the work of the Bard!”

 

Cheers and see you there, groundlings!

 

For more information about the show, visit the event page on Facebook.

 

8-27  – SMUST presents…COMBAT THEATRE

A bi-annual 24-hour theatre festival put on by SMUST that is student-written, student-produced and student-performed!

When: Saturday, August 30 at 8 p.m.

Where: B450 in the basement of Owen Arts Center

Free admission

One of the theatre department’s all-time favorite traditions, Combat Theatre, is making a comeback this weekend in the basement of Meadows!

Combat Theatre is a 24-hour Play Festival that will take place in B450 in the basement of Meadows School of the Arts. Audiences will be treated to several short plays performed by members of the theatre division of Meadows. Writers meet in the green room on Friday night at 8 p.m. They are given topics to write upon and by 8 a.m. the next morning, their scripts are handed to the directors and actors who have until 8 p.m. that evening to turn the words into a short play.

SMUST (SMU Student Theatre) produces one Combat Theatre per semester, and the whirlwind performance is typically held within the first few weeks of school.

 

 

 

4-29-14 – “SMUST” see shows in Meadows in the last weekend of the year

Don’t miss these upcoming SMUST shows, both in B450 in the lower level of Owen Arts Center. SMUST (SMU Student Theatre) is a student-run organization at SMU where students are encouraged to put up their original work to explore the realm of theatre. Regardless of major, any SMU student can perform in SMUST shows.

TRUE WEST

What: A play by Sam Shepard

When: May 2 at 10:00 p.m., May 3 at 2:00 p.m. and May 4 at 8:00 p.m.

Where: B450 (in the lower level of Meadows School of the Arts)

Free Admission

 

The plot of True West centers around the sibling rivalry between two brothers who have just reconnected after being apart for five years. Like most of Shepard’s works, the play is inspired by American life and popular culture. While the play is considered one of Shepard’s more accessible, conventional, and realistic plays, it also touches on something grand, mythical and magical with its bizarre plot twists, outrageous and absurd humor and the poetic language of the writing.

He tips you off to his intentions by constantly Directed by Dylan Bare (B.F.A. Theatre, ’15), the cast features Nicholas Costello (B.F.A. Theatre, ’17), Thomas Valentine Gelo (B.F.A. Theatre, ’14), Dalton Rayce Fowler (B.F.A. Theatre, ’17), and Stephanie Machado (B.F.A. Theatre, ’15).

 

 

THE BROTHERS SIZE

What: a play By Tarell Alvin McCraney

When: May 2 at 7:00 p.m., May 3 at 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. and May 4 at 2:00 p.m.

Where: B450 (in the lower level of Meadows School of the Arts)

Free Admission

“The Brothers Size” is a drama by Tarell Alvin McCraney set in the bayou country of Louisiana that is loosely based on West African myths. The story weaves in Yoruba stories and traditions and the plot unfolds two brothers stuck in their headstrong ways who find themselves rediscovering the bond of brotherhood that saved them from the perils of prison, the loss of a mother and poverty.

Playwright McCraney is best known for his acclaimed trilogy, The Brother/Sister Plays. This trilogy includes The Brothers Size, In the Red and Brown Water, and Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet.

Directed by Mia Antoinette (B.F.A. Theatre, ’14), the cast features William Sinclair Moore (B.F.A. Theatre, ’14), Seun Soyemi (B.F.A. Theatre, ’15), and Jakeem Powell (B.F.A. Theatre, ’14).

 

 

WILDEINTENTIONS

What: an anthology of gay experience

When: May 3 and May 4 at 10:30 p.m.

Where: B349 (in the lower level of Meadows School of the Arts)

Free Admission

 

WILDEINTENTIONS is an original project compiled by Steven Smith and a group of nine men at SMU. For the past 13 weeks, the cast has gathered to discuss and write about what it means to be a gay man. They posed questions and prompts and held discussions on shame, being gay in the fraternity circuit, “gay culture,” allies, body image, love, loss, sex and coming out. Each member of the cast had a share and write in order to give a voice to those who are “voiceless” in the community.

Directed by Steven Smith (B.F.A. Theatre, ’15), the production features the following students: Sam Digiovanni, Michael Graves, Dylan Guerra, Ian Hill, Daniel Laurens, Sammi Partida, Steven Smith, Ian Stack and Alexander Vollmer.

The project is part of Smith’s directed studies course under Professor of Theatre Dr. Gretchen Smith.

Follow SMUST on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SMUST2014 and on Instagram @SMUSTAGRAM2014

 

 

 

4-27-14: REVISED SMUST SEES

Don’t miss these upcoming SMUST shows in the lower level of Owen Arts Center. SMUST (SMU Student Theatre) is a student-run organization at SMU where students are encouraged to put up their original work to explore the realm of theatre. Regardless of major, any SMU student can perform in SMUST shows.

THE LAST FIVE YEARS

What: A musical by Jason Robert Brown

When: April 25 & April 26 at 8:00 p.m.

Where: Greer Garson Theatre

Free Admission

The Last Five Years a contemporary song-cycle musical that ingeniously chronicles the five-year life of a marriage. The show is an intensely personal look at the relationship between a writer, Jamie Wellerstein, and an actress, Cathy Hiatt, told from both points of view – his going forwards and hers going backwards. The show features B.F.A. Theatre students Teddy Warren (’14) and Jana Beeson (’14).

THE WOOLGATHERER

What: A play by William Mastrosimone

When: April 26 at 5:00 p.m., April 27 at 8:00 p.m., & April 29 at 8:00 p.m.

Where: B450 (Lower level of the Owen Fine Arts Center)

Free Admission

Cliff is a tough and foul-mouthed cross-country trucker whose rig broke down. Rose is a dreamer, a lover of poetry, and a highly sensitive girl who works behind the candy counter at the Five-and-Dime in South Philadelphia. Against all odds, Cliff and Rose meet in the Five and Dime shop. Rose invites Cliff up to her apartment, where the two divulge their dreams, their fantasies, and their dark pasts. Despite their differences, they share a lot together and bring out the unexpected in one another.

Directed by Ariana Howell (B.F.A. Theatre, ’15), the play features Holly Settoon (B.F.A. Theatre, ’14) and Rhett Blake Murray (B.F.A. Theatre, ’15).

BLUEBEARD

What: A play by Charles Ludlam

When: April 27 at 10:00 p.m. & April 28 at 10:00 p.m.

Where: B150 (Lower Level of Owen Fine Arts Center)
Free admission

What lies on the other side of the door to Bluebeard’s laboratory?

Bluebeard is the gothic tale of a crazy scientist who lives on an island performing sex-change operations on anyone luckless enough to cross his path. He’s not just switching people from one sex to another, but grandly trying to create a third sex.

Directed by Ian Hill (B.F.A. Theatre, ’15), the play features Jesse Karmazin, Jo-Jo Steine, Joanna Coogan, Aria Cochran, Cameron Mills, Seth Nelson, and Kent Van Dover.

ETERNAL WHITE LIGHT

What: A Play conceived by Claire Carson

When: April 28 at 8:00 p.m., April 29 at 10:45 p.m. and April 30 at 10:45 p.m.

Where: B349 (Lower Level of Owen Fine Arts Center)
Free admission

Set to the album, ‘In the Aeroplane Over the Sea’ by Neutral Milk Hotel, Eternal White Light is a devised movement based piece exploring the gorgeous terribleness of falling in love, what it is to be oppressed, how strange it is to be anything at all and more! Directed and conceived by Claire Carson (B.F.A. Theatre, ’14), the piece features Stephen Gardner (B.F.A. Theatre, ’14), Kristen Kelso (B.F.A. Theatre, ’14), Carson McCain (B.F.A. Theatre, ’14), Bailee Rayle (B.F.A. Theatre, ’14), Holly Settoon (B.F.A. Theatre, ’16), and Seun Soyemi (B.F.A. Theatre, ’15).

Follow SMUST on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SMUST2014 and on Instagram @SMUSTAGRAM2014

 

 

 

 

4-21-14: What’s Coming Up for SMU Student Theatre

The upcoming “SMUST” see shows in Meadows

Don’t miss these upcoming SMUST shows in the lower level of Owen Arts Center. SMUST (SMU Student Theatre) is a student-run student organization at SMU where students are encouraged to put up their original work to explore the realm of theatre. Regardless of major, any SMU student can perform in SMUST shows. Follow SMUST on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SMUST2014 and on Instagram @SMUSTAGRAM2014

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THE LAST FIVE YEARS

What: A musical by Jason Robert Brown

When: April 25 & April 26 at 8:00 p.m.

Where: Greer Garson Theatre

Free Admission

The Last Five Years a contemporary song-cycle musical that ingeniously chronicles the five-year life of a marriage. The show is an intensely personal look at the relationship between a writer, Jamie Wellerstein, and an actress, Cathy Hiatt, told from both points of view – his going forwards and hers going backwards. The show features B.F.A. theatre students Teddy Warren (’14) and Jana Beeson (’14).

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/211866322357203/

 

 

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What: A play by William Mastrosimone

When: April 26 at 5:00 p.m., April 27 at 8:00 p.m., & April 28 at 10:00 p.m.

Where: B450 (Basement of the Owen Fine Arts Center)

Free Admission

Cliff is a tough and foul-mouthed cross-country trucker whose rig broke down. Rose is a dreamer, a lover of poetry, and a highly sensitive girl who works behind the candy counter at the Five-and-Dime. Against all odds, Cliff and Rose meet in the Five and Dime shop where Rose works in South Philadelphia. Rose invites Cliff up to her apartment and the play centers around their dreams, their fantasies, and their dark pasts. Despite their differences, they share a lot together and bring out the unexpected in one another.

Directed by Ariana Howell (B.F.A. Theatre, ’15), the play features Holly Settoon (B.F.A. Theatre, ’14) and Rhett Blake Murray (B.F.A. Theatre, ’15).

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/249780391876511/

 

BLUEBEARD

What: A play by Charles Ludlam

When: April 27 at 10:00 p.m. & April 28 at 10:00 p.m.

Where: B150 (Basement of Owen Fine Arts Center)
Free admission

What lies on the other side of the door to Bluebeard’s laboratory?!

Bluebeard is the gothic tale of a crazy scientist who lives on an island performing sex-change operations on anyone luckless enough to cross his path. He’s not just switching people from one sex to another, but grandly trying to create a third sex.

Directed by Ian Hill (B.F.A. Theatre, ’15), the play features Jesse Karmazin, Jo-Jo Steine, Joanna Coogan, Aria Cochran, Cameron Mills, Seth Nelson, and Kent Van Dover.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/853967387950546/

 

 

4-8-14 – MIDDLETOWN by Will Eno will open April 23, 2014

Welcome to Middletown, where you can eavesdrop on the kind of conversations and insights usually left unsaid. Eno provides a twist by having the villagers reveal their innermost fears and piercing life observations as if they were ordinary tidbits of conversation.  The play unfolds in a series of vignettes depicting encounters between seemingly unexceptional people that are surprisingly thought-provoking.

SMU’s production is directed by senior Carson McCain and will run in the Margo Jones Theatre on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.,
Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.,
Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

Middletown is part of the The Rep – Three Contemporary American Plays Performed in Rotating Repertory. The Division of Theatre presents three contemporary American plays in rotation over a two-week period. This year’s selections are Marisol by José Rivera, Middletown by Will Eno and This by Melissa James Gibson.

Price is $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for faculty & staff, and $5 for students.

For more information, visit http://mcs.smu.edu/calendar/node/1015 or call 214.768.2787.

 

 

4-8-14 – MARISOL by Jose Rivera will open April 24, 2014

When 26-year-old Marisol Perez is attacked on the subway and rescued by a guardian angel, we are introduced to a world gone wild where food is scarce, pollution is plentiful and violence rules.  On her journey, Marisol meets a series of bizarre characters, including a homeless man in a wheelchair in search of his lost skin and a woman beaten by police because she exceeded her credit card limit. Backstage describes this “thrill ride” as both darkly humorous and a commentary on social injustice that is “consistently fascinating.”

SMU’s production is directed by senior Kristen Kelso and will run in the Margo Jones Theatre on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 8:00 pm, and Friday, May 2, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

Marisol is part of the The Rep – Three Contemporary American Plays Performed in Rotating Repertory. The Division of Theatre presents three contemporary American plays in rotation over a two-week period. This year’s selections are Marisol by José Rivera, Middletown by Will Eno and This by Melissa James Gibson.

Price is $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for faculty & staff, and $5 for students.

For more information, visit http://mcs.smu.edu/calendar/node/1015 or call 214.768.2787.

 

 

4-8-14 – THIS by Melissa James Gibson will open April 22, 2014

Four friends in their late thirties face the trials and tribulations of major life events with an eye toward quickly approaching middle-age. Playwright Melissa Gibson plays games with viewers’ thoughts and expectations through a combination of wit and melancholy comedy. “The play’s delicate pace, richly patterned wordplay and undercurrent of rue combine to cast a moving spell that lingers in the memory, like a sad-sweet pop song whose chorus you can’t shake,” says The New York Times.

SMU’s production is directed by senior Sarah Hamilton and will run in the Margo Jones Theatre on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 8:00pm, Friday, April 25, 2014 at 8:00pm, Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 8:00pm, Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 2:00pm, and Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 8:00pm.

This is part of the The Rep – Three Contemporary American Plays Performed in Rotating Repertory.The Division of Theatre presents three contemporary American plays in rotation over a two-week period. This year’s selections are Marisol by José Rivera, Middletown by Will Eno and This by Melissa James Gibson.

Price is $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for faculty & staff, and $5 for students

For more information, visit http://mcs.smu.edu/calendar/node/1014 or call 214.768.2787.

 

 

4-4-14: FRACK

What: A New Play by Dylan Guerra

When: April 5, 2014 at 8 p.m. and April 6, 2014 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Where: Greer Garson Theatre – Meadows School of the Arts

Free admission

Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking) (hī-drô’lĭk frāk’chəring): The forcing open of fissures in subterranean rocks by introducing liquid at high pressure, esp. to extract oil or gas.

Frack is a contemporary Greek tragedy that tells the story of a community trying to keep a mythical child’s tree alive as massive hydraulic fracturing wells begin to take over.

The play is written and directed by Dylan Guerra (B.F.A. Theatre, ’16) with original music by Guerra and Dylan Bare (B.F.A. Theatre, ’15). The all-Theatre B.F.A. cast features Bare, Leslie A. Ballart (’17), Nicholas Costello (’17), Nina Dramer (’14), Stephanie Machado (’15), Marcus Pinon (’17), Mei Mei Pollitt (’15), and Seun Soyemi (’15) and is stage managed by Juliana Dellasanta (B.F.A. Theatre, ’17).

Frack is the recipient of a Meadows Exploration Grant. The play runs approximately two hours with an intermission and may not be suitable for children.

See Frack.’s Facebook page for more information.

 

 

 

THE INTELLIGENT DESIGN OF JENNY CHOW by Rolin Jones

What: An Instant Message with Excitable Music

When: April 5, 2014 at 8 p.m. and April 6, 2014 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Where: B349 – Kathy Bates Studio, lower level, Owen Arts Center

Free admission

Jennifer is a girl who re-engineers outdated missile components for the U.S. Army from her bedroom. When she decides to meet her birth mother in China, she uses her technological genius to devise a new form of human contact. She creates Jenny Chow, a programmable mannequin with abilities such as self-navigation, language comprehension, and conceptual thinking. Rolin Jones’ “techno-comedy” chronicles one woman’s quest to determine her heritage and face her fears with the help of a Mormon missionary, a pizza delivery guy, and her astounding creation called Jenny Chow.

Directed by Barbie Wu (M.F.A. Theatre, ’14), the cast features Heather Arney (M.F.A. Theatre, ’16), Taylor Harris (M.F.A. Theatre, ’16), Bao Ngoc Le (B.F.A. Theatre, ’14), Kristen Lee (B.F.A. Theatre, ’15), Matthew Talton (B.F.A. Theatre, ’16), and Kolby Tuck (B.F.A. Theatre, ’16). The show is stage managed by Joanna Coogan (B.F.A. Theatre, ’17).

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1406408976296612/

 

 

 

3-25-14 – AM I BLUE RETURNS TO SMU AFTER 40 YEARS

Am I Blue, a short play by SMU graduate and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Beth Henley, comes back to SMU 40 years after its original premiere performance.

On a rainy blue bourbon night in 1968 in the New Orleans French Quarter, two troubled teens from two very different walks of life come together by a chance meeting and share their stories. Together, and with a blue drink in hand, they face their dreams, their fears, their misgivings, their struggles, and eventually, are able to face their realities. Written by Henley in her sophomore year (1972), the play makes its return to Meadows 40 years later. Henley’s second play, Crimes of the Heart, went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in Drama and the award for Best American Play of 1981 from the New York Drama Critics’ Circle.

WHEN: Friday, March 28 @ 10:30 pm

Saturday, March 29 @ 10:30 pm

Sunday, March 30 @ 7 pm

 

WHERE: Meadows School of the Arts

Room B150 (Meadows Basement)

Directed by Becca Rothstein

For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/377088365764836/

 

 

3-18-14 – NEW VISIONS NEW VOICES will open Friday, March 21, 2014 in the Greer Garson Theatre!

New Visions, New Voices, an annual spring playwriting festival, celebrates its 20th season this year. This year, New Visions, New Voices will feature full-length plays written by nine senior playwriting students. Directors include guest artists, faculty, alumni and current students. SMU Associate Professor and Head of Theatre Studies Gretchen Smith heads up the project. The shows run in the Greer Garson Theatre from March 21 to 29, 2013. Admission is free.

 

 

2-23-14 – HONOUR by Joanna Murray Smith will play at SMU by Meadows theatre sophomores Feb. 28-March 2, 2014

How does a marriage of thirty-two years fall to pieces? What happens when everything you have used to define yourself abandons you? Who’s to blame when love loses its vibration?

Honour is a play written by Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith in 1995.

The story is centered around George, a middle-aged man who leaves his wife Honour and their 24-year-old daughter, Sophie, for a relationship with a much younger woman named Claudia.

The play is directed by Madeleine Boudreaux (theatre, ’16) and features the talent of the following Meadows students: Seth Nelson (theatre, ’16), Sasha Davis (theatre, ’16), Dagny Sanson (theatre, ’16) and Holly Settoon (theatre, ’16).

Performances are Friday, February 28, 2014 and Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 7 p.m. All performances are free and held in B150 in the Owen Arts Center basement.

#honour #SMUST #SMUSThonour

2-23-14 – SMU THEATRE DEPARTMENT PRESENTS…RICHARD III

A Shakespeare classic on the SMU stage

William Shakespeare himself could never have imagined his impact on theatre artists still today.

Written in the late sixteenth century, Richard III is one of Shakespeare’s historical plays, but it is a tragedy in many ways. The story depicts the Machiavellian rise to power and short reign of Richard III of England.

Richard III is directed by Professor of Acting Michael Connolly and features the talent of Meadows School of the Arts undergraduate and graduate actors and designers.

Shows run from February 26-March 2, 2014 in the Greer Garson Theatre in Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for students, faculty and staff of SMU, $10 for seniors and $13 for adults. For more information, call 214-768-2787.

2-17-14 – SMUST PRESENTS… “ECCENTRICITIES OF A NIGHTINGALE”

The rarest of theatrical birds

Eccentric, by definition, means deviating from the recognized or customary character; irregular; erratic; peculiar; odd. Eccentric is the very opposite of co-centric, which essentially is “the norm.”

Tennessee Williams’ Eccentricities of a Nightingale opens on the Fourth of July just before the First World War in Glorious Hill, Mississippi.

“Sometimes the only tree you want to bark up is the wrong one,” says Alma Winemiller, the musically talented, lonely, sensitive and free spirited “eccentric” and daughter of Reverend Winemiller.

Miss Alma finds herself so ill matched with the world around her that she cannot find an outlet that will allow her to grow or breathe. She becomes increasingly fearful that she will remain a spinster forever, and her small town family’s restrictions become hard to bear.

But an opportunity arises when she rekindles a friendship with the young Dr. John Buchanan Jr. after his return from medical school. She believes he is the answer to her unhappiness, but John’s mother is only interested in a social advantageous match for her son and frowns upon a potential relationship between John and Alma. Will Alma have her happily-ever-after?

A rewrite of Williams’ Summer and Smoke, the play is often called “a neglected masterpiece” by theatre critics and historians alike.

Directed by Mei Mei Pollitt (theatre, ’15), the cast features Madeline Dockery-Fuhrmann (theatre, ’15) as Alma Winemiller, Jon Garrard (theatre, ’15) as John Buchanan, Dylan Guerra (theatre, ’16) as the Reverend Winemiller, Ally Van Deuren (theatre, ’15) as Mrs. Buchanan, and Ariana Howell (theatre, ’15) as Mrs. Winemiller. Haley Nelson (theatre, ’17), Marcus Pinon (theatre, ’17), Michael Riso (theatre, ’17) and Joanna Coogan (theatre, ’17) round out the cast as the “eccentrics.”

Performances will be in B349, the Kathy Bates Studio in the basement of Meadows.Feb. 28-March 2, 2014.

2-17-14 – SMUST PRESENTS… “GET HIT”

An original play by a theatre student

The premiere of “Get Hit,” an original play by Dylan Guerra (theatre, ’16) opens in Meadows this weekend.

While he has been interested in playwriting for several years, “Get Hit” is Guerra’s first full-length play.

This show features the work of the following students: Leslie Ballart (theatre, ’17), George Colligan (theatre, ’16), Nina Dramer (theatre, ’14), Blake Murray (theatre, ’15), Kelsey Smith (theatre, ’14) and Matthew Talton (theatre, ’16).

Show will be held in B450 in the basement of Owen Arts Center on Saturday, February 22 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, February 23 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Free admission.

2-17-14 – SMUST PRESENTS… “GOOD EGG”

A play about bioethics, siblings and unconditional love

SMU junior theatre students put up “Good Egg” by Dorothy Fortenberry this weekend in Meadows.

The story follows the always responsible Meg and her bipolar younger brother Matt. Meg has always taken good care of Matt, but when she gets pregnant and has her embryos screened for bipolar disorder, has she taken the idea of being “responsible” too far?

A play about bioethics, siblings and the limits of unconditional love, this comical yet surprising play is certainly no typical family drama.

Playwright Dorothy Fortenberry is a Los Angeles-based playwright who received her MFA from Yale School of Drama.

Directed by Jenna Hannum (theatre, ’15) the production features the work of the Andrea Flowers (theatre, ’15) and Ryan-Patrick McLaughlin (theatre, ’15).

Show will be held in B430 in the basement of Owen Arts Center on from February 21-24 at 8 p.m. Free admission.

2-13-14 – SMUST PRESENTS…LIFTED

A student written, student directed, and student performed piece

After volunteering at Kidane Mehret children’s home in Ethiopia through an Engaged Learning project, Claire Carson (theatre, ’14) volunteered used her experience to produce an original play script that will debut this weekend in Meadows, Lifted.

The performance will feature Jordan Greenbaum, Alyssa Hamedi (theatre, ’14), Alia Tavakolian (theatre, ’12), and Kent Van Dover (theatre, ’16). This weekend’s workshop of the production will be directed by Joshua Kumler (theatre, ’14).

The show will be produced by SMU Student Theatre (SMUST) and will show in B450 in Owen Arts Center February 14, 2014 at 10 p.m. and February 16, 2014 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

2-13-14 SMUST PRESENTS…COMBAT THEATRE

One of SMU theatre department’s all-time favorite traditions, Combat Theatre is making a comeback this weekend in the basement of Meadows!

Combat Theatre is a 24-hour Play Festival that will take place in B450 in the basement of Meadows School of the Arts. As always, writers meet in the green room on Friday night at 8 p.m. They are given topics to write on and by 8 a.m. the next morning, their scripts are handed to the directors and actors who have until 8 p.m. that evening to turn the words into a short play.

Don’t miss this semester’s COMBAT THEATRE!

Shows in B450 in the basement of Owen Arts Center at 8 p.m. on February 15, 2014.

2-4-14 – From the group that brought you GalateaBaba Yaga this weekend

Don’t miss the first SMUST show of 2014, “Baba Yaga: A Prism Workshop,” which opens in the Doolin Gallery on Feb. 8, 2014.

This wordless movement show is written and directed by SMU theatre alum ‘13 Jeff Colangelo and current undergraduate theatre student Katy Tye. It stars current Meadows dancers Kelsey Rohr, Hope Endrenyi and Alex Druzbanski and current theatre majors Kristen Lee, Lauren Mishoe and Katy Tye.

This original performance uses elastics to follow the story of mother witch Baba Yaga and her three magical children as they try to find a fourth member to complete their family.

Performances are February 8, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. and February 9, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. All shows take place in the Doolin Gallery in Owen Arts Center where admission is free.

For more information, visit http://www.sihkbrothers.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/206226376251098/?ref=br_tf

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