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October 7, 2010

Tickets available for School of Drama’s new season

Season tickets are now on sale for the UW School of Drama’s lineup of plays. The season opens Oct. 27 and runs through May 29, with productions at the Jones Playhouse, the Penthouse Theatre and Meany Studio Theatre. Plays include:


Love’s Labour’s Lost
by William Shakespeare
directed by Andrew Tsao
Previews: Oct. 24, 26
Runs: Oct. 27- Nov. 7
Penthouse Theatre


A king and three of his young nobles take an oath to swear off earthly pleasures and seclude themselves in an academy for three years so they can become famous for their scholarly work. A princess and her beautiful entourage of ladies-in-waiting arrive at the academy, find out about the men’s oath, and the fun begins. This lively, lyrical comedy teeming with scenes of clever repartee is considered one of Shakespeare’s most intellectual plays.


The Last Witch
by Rona Munro
directed by Paula Bennett
Previews: Nov. 29, 30
Runs: Dec. 1-12
Jones Playhouse


A woman’s apparent magical powers stir suspicion in her small village and she will not refute their claims of witchcraft. Because of her daughter’s deformed hand, she is accused of sleeping with the devil and giving birth to his child. As opposition grows in her small town, and in the face of extreme pressure from the Sheriff, she and her daughter find their true source of power. The Last Witch is based on historical events in 18th century Scotland. An American premier.


Come Back to the Five & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
by Ed Graczyk
directed by Susan Finque
Previews: Jan. 30-Feb. 1
Runs: Feb. 2-13
Meany Studio Theatre


In a parched Texas town, members of “The Disciples of James Dean” hold a reunion at the dime store to commemorate his death. An odd assortment of women attends, among them, a woman who claims she gave birth to his son after working as an extra in his film, Giant that was filmed in their town. As they share stories, memory itself becomes the instigating character, creating collisions between the past and the present, truth and fiction, and terror and dignity.




The Caucasian Chalk Circle
by Bertolt Brecht
directed by Alyson Roux
Previews: Feb. 27, March 1
Runs: March 2-13
Jones Playhouse

In an attempt to settle property disputes after an apocalyptic war, a village performs an ancient parable for its neighbors. In it, amidst civil strife and unrest, a young servant girl risks her life to save an abandoned child of noble birth. Years later, when the biological mother demands the child back, an unconventional judge, who is not always guided by the letter of the law, devises the test of the chalk circle to decide their fates.


Rough Magic
By Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
directed by Shanga Parker
Previews: April 17, 19
Runs: April 20-May 1
Meany Studio Theatre


This funny takeoff is a neat little juggler’s trick — a shout out to the Bard, the theater business, and comic books all at once; a silly, pop culture confection for literature lovers. When a vengeful fictional character named Caliban steps out of the pages of Shakespeare and into modern day Manhattan threatening death and destruction, who in the world can save the day? A dramaturg with magical powers of course!


One Act Showcase
(plays to be determined)
directed by Andrew McGinn and Laurel Pilar Garcia
Previews: May 15, 17
Runs: May 18-29
Penthouse Theatre


This is a showcase for first-year students in the directing program. Actual titles are to be announced, but under consideration are celebrated playwrights such as John Guare, Tennessee Williams and Wendy Wasserstein.


In addition to the plays in the regular season, the School of Drama will be presenting a special production of McCarthy and the Old Woman, by Rita Deverell, on Oct. 20 and 22 (with a private showing Oct. 21). The play is based on the life of Florence Bean James, who once taught at the University of Washington and co-founded the Seattle Repertory Playhouse, housed in the present-day Jones Playhouse. James was among those targeted by the state’s anti-communist Canwell Committee in 1948, and the playhouse lost its audience as a result. She moved to Saskatchewan Province in Canada, where she again became a theater teacher and director. Deverell was influenced by her as a young actress, and is now a professor herself. The play stars well known local actress Lori Larsen and is being directed by Mark Jenkins.


Further information about the season is available online here or call 206-543-4880.  Subscription prices range from $48 to $76.50 for all six shows.  Student subscriptions with a current ID are $39.  Single tickets are $10 for previews, $15 Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and $17 for Friday and Saturday. All students pay $10, UW employees, alumni association members and seniors are $13.  


 


All evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. The UW Arts Ticket Office has a new location at 3901 University Way NE and is open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m-6 p.m.. <A href="Season tickets are now on sale for the UW School of Drama's lineup of plays. The season opens Oct. 27 and runs through May 29, with productions at the Jones Playhouse, the Penthouse Theatre and Meany Studio Theatre. Plays include:

Love’s Labour’s Lost

by William Shakespeare

directed by Andrew Tsao

Previews: October 24, 26

Runs: October 27- November 7

Penthouse Theatre

A king and three of his young nobles take an oath to swear off earthly pleasures and seclude themselves in an academy for three years so they can become famous for their scholarly work. A princess and her beautiful entourage of ladies-in-waiting arrive at the academy, find out about the men’s oath, and the fun begins! This lively, lyrical comedy teeming with scenes of clever repartee is considered one of Shakespeare’s most intellectual plays.

The Last Witch

by Rona Munro

directed by Paula Bennett

Previews: November 29, 30

Runs: December 1-12

Jones Playhouse

A woman’s apparent magical powers stir suspicion in her small village and she will not refute their claims of witchcraft. Because of her daughter’s deformed hand, she is accused of sleeping with the devil and giving birth to his child. As opposition grows in her small town, and in the face of extreme pressure from the Sheriff, she and her daughter find their true source of power. The Last Witch is based on historical events in 18th century Scotland. An American premier.

Come Back to the Five & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

by Ed Graczyk

directed by Susan Finque

Previews: January 30 – February 1

Runs: February 2 – 13

Meany Studio Theatre

In a parched Texas town, members of ” The Disciples James Dean? hold reunion at dime store commemorate death. An odd assortment of women attends, among them, a woman who claims she gave birth to son after working as an extra his film, Giant that was filmed in their town. As they share stories, memory itself becomes instigating character, creating collisions between past the present, truth fiction, terror and dignity.