Theatre Announces Upcoming Season
This year, the Department of Theatre will produce four full length shows, plus bring back the highly popular ArkTypes New Play Festival. They will also showcase their two incoming M.F.A. directing candidates with one act productions that will be free to the public.
The department kicks off the season with the popular comedy, Boeing Boeing. This French farce, written by Marc Camoletti, follows an American architect living in Paris in the 1960s as he juggles relationships with three airline stewardesses. It will run Oct. 4-13.
Moliere's Tartuffe will follow closely on the heels of Boeing Boeing, opening on Oct. 18. The classic satire that has delighted audiences for more than three centuries will get a modern spin in the Department of Theatre's production.
The spring shows will begin with an original work by the University of Arkansas' own John Walch. John is the head of playwriting for the Department of Theatre. In the Book Of, a modern reimagining of the book of Ruth, will run Feb. 14-23.
Heathers: The Musical will be performed March 6-15. This dark comedy is a rock musical based on the 1989 movie.
The season will close with the ArkType New Play Festival, which runs April 10-19. Details will be announced in the spring, but the festival promises exciting new work by Arkansas playwrights, including university students and faculty.
Season tickets and individual show tickets will go on sale in July. Season packages are available in both a Pick 4 and Pick 5 option, allowing patrons to customize their experience. Prices run from $20 to $80.
About the Department of Theatre: The Department of Theatre has been providing exciting and affordable live theatre for more than 60 years. The department combines a first-rate theatrical education full of hands-on experience with a wide selection of titles to challenge students and delight the community. The department offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre, a broad spectrum program in the context of a liberal arts education, and the Master of Fine Arts degree in six concentrations: Acting, Directing, Playwriting, Costume Design, Scene Design and Lighting Design. Classes at both undergraduate and graduate levels are focused on providing a strong, professional orientation to theatre performance and technology in conjunction with appropriate research-based coursework to address the required foundations in theatre history, dramatic literature and dramatic criticism.
About the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences: The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is the largest and most academically diverse unit on campus with 19 departments and 43 academic programs and research centers. The college provides the core curriculum for all University of Arkansas students and is named for J. William Fulbright, former university president and longtime U.S. senator.
About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among only 2 percent of universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.
Ash Micheel, theatre publicity manager
Department of Theatre
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