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UNIVERSITY OF DALLAS DRAMA DEPARTMENT
ANNOUNCES
FALL 2014 UNIVERSITY THEATER SEASON

 

FALL MAINSTAGE:

THE BALD SOPRANO (AN ANTI-PLAY)
BY EUGENE IONESCO
DIRECTED BY KYLE LEMIEUX
FEATURING DESIGNS BY SUSAN COX AND WILL TURBYNE

KING LEAR
A SPECIAL READING IN CONJUNCTION WITH A SIGNIFICANT NEW BIENNIAL SHAKESPEARE CONFERENCE HOSTED BY THE BRANIFF GRADUATE SCHOOL, AND THE DEPARTMENTS OF DRAMA, EDUCATION, ENGLISH, AND POLITICS
DIRECTED BY KYLE LEMIEUX

SENIOR STUDIOS:

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE TRUTH
BY BENN W. LEVY
DIRECTED BY JOSEPH DODD

GOD
BY WOODY ALLEN
DIRECTED BY AIDAN MALONE

POLAROID STORIES
BY NAOMI IIZUKA
DIRECTED BY CATHERINE MCLAIN


SOTOBA KOMACHI
BY YUKIO MISHIMA
DIRECTED BY ANNIE ZWERNEMAN

May 7th, 2014 - University of Dallas Drama Department announced today the line-up for the Fall 2014 University Theater Season, its 49th year of producing exceptional productions which provide the University of Dallas and the surrounding community with a repertoire of plays representing the most stimulating artists, forms, and visions from the world of drama.

In addition to the regular course offerings, the Drama Department has three performance series: Mainstage Productions, Senior Studios, and the after hours series. "University Theater continues to offer a wide and exciting array of performance, design, and production opportunities to UD students from all majors and programs regardless of previous experience. Each of our three performance series allow our students to implement the rigorous work of the classroom into practice, which, combined with our core curriculum, fosters an environment of rich, artistic and imaginative growth leaving our students well prepared for graduate school and the professional environment" said Chair of Drama and Director of University Theater, Kyle Lemieux.

The 2014 Fall season will begin with a reading of King Lear by William Shakespeare directed by Kyle Lemieux in conjunction with a significant new biennial Shakespeare Conference hosted by The Braniff Graduate School, and the departments of Drama, Education, English, and Politics. The first biennial conference is entitled, "Nothing Will Come of Nothing: The Wisdom of King Lear" and will feature guest lecturer Dr. Timothy Burns Professor of Political Science at Baylor University.

The slate of Fall productions is anchored in November by the return of The Bald Soprano (an anti-play) by Eugene Ionesco. This will mark the first time The Bald Soprano has been seen as a mainstage production since 1967 when the play was directed by Professor Emeritus of Drama Judith French Kelly and was the second full production in the Drama Department's history. Ionesco's singular vision is brought hysterically to life in his "anti-play" which is about, as Ionesco puts it, "something like the tragedy of language". "The Bald Soprano is both deeply subversive and riotously funny. I am excited to collaborate with my colleagues Susan Cox and Will Turbyne to bring Ionesco's absurdist masterpiece to dynamic and thrilling life", said director Kyle Lemieux. Lemieux continued, "it explores our individual and collective search for meaning in a contemporary landscape that offers only isolation. The Bald Soprano is as fresh, funny and unsettling today as it was when it premiered in 1950."

December brings four exciting Senior Studios to be directed by Senior Drama majors: Joseph Dodd, Aidan Malone, Catie McLain, and Annie Zwerneman. Assistant Professor of Drama Stefan Novinski who has worked extensively with each of the fall Senior Studio directors said, "The variety of the plays chosen by the Fall Senior Studio directors is very exciting. Two plays, Sotoba Komachi and Polaroid Stories, explore classical forms - both eastern and western - through a modern lens. The Truth about the Truth raises compelling questions about the nature of poetic truth, and nothing is sacred in God, Woody Allen's hilarious exploration of two hapless theatre artists in ancient Greece." The intellectual comedy, The Truth About the Truth by politician and playwright, Benn W. Levy will be directed by Joseph Dodd. The witty comedy God written by Woody Allen in 1975 will be directed by Aidan Malone. Naomi Iizuka's violent and lyrical memory play, Polaroid Stories blends the world of poetry and the boundless transformation in Ovid's Metamorphoses with modern painful realities will be directed by Catie McLain. Finally, the enchanting and visceral play, Sotoba Komachi is one of the five modern Noh plays by noted Japanese playwright, Yukio Mishima and will be directed by Annie Zwerneman.

FALL 2014 UNIVERSITY THEATER SEASON:

SPECIAL READING
King Lear
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Kyle Lemieux
October 24, 2014.

FALL MAINSTAGE
The Bald Soprano
By Eugene Ionesco
Directed by Kyle Lemieux with designs by Susan Cox and Will Turbyne
November 5-15, 2014

FALL SENIOR STUDIOS
The Truth About the Truth
By Benn W. Levy
Directed by Joseph Dodd

God
By Woody Allen
Directed by Aidan Malone

Polaroid Stories
By Naomi Iizuka
Directed by Catie McLain

Sotoba Komachi
By Yukio Mishima
Directed by Annie Zwerneman
December 4-7, 2014

 

 

 




 

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