UT Out Loud

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Are you interested in hearing new stories and diving deeper into the narrative? Ever wanted to stop mid-page and ask, what does this mean? Always wanted to be a character but not ready to perform on stage?

Join University Theatre’s Out Loud series as we sit back and read aloud plays by both student and professional playwrights. Attendees have the opportunity to read a character, pause the reading for discussion, or simply sit back and hear fellow attendees lend their voice to the show.

Out Loud is a casual theatre experience for first-time theatre goers and seasoned theatre lovers alike.

Readings are free and open for all to participate in-person. In-person attendees may register at the door, advanced registration preferred.


Goddess of the Wine Dark Sea: A meditation on ego, social responsibility, and rebirth

by Ben Holbrook

“I’d like to tell you another tale of love and war and the struggles we mortals must suffer through. This time, it’s Achilles, the Goddess-born son of the sea, rolling in the night with his lovers Patroclus and Briseis, as the Trojan War rages on outside of their camp. When the war, however, forces Achilles into the light, he and soon she, must decide for herself, her place and legacy in this vast time fluid, gender fluid, sexuality fluid world of gods and monsters.” -Tiresias

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October 27 | 7:30pm EST

Rehearsal Hall 150 | Frank Thompson Hall


A Case of Salt – III

by Gaven Bell

A murder mystery highlights the expectations, fears, and assumptions about disability that a group of high school theatre students face in this 2021 Creative Artist winning play.

Theme(s): Disability Visibility & Inclusion

Content Warnings: Adult & Ableist Language

November 22 | 7:30pm EST

Rehearsal Hall 150 | Thompson Hall


Banned Books

The Banned Books Week Coalition is an international alliance of diverse organizations joined by a commitment to increase awareness of the annual celebration of the freedom to read.

University Libraries, University Theatre team up to present a night of readings. Students will rehearse and read various books for a live audience.

This event will be presented to a live audience.

Readers must register in advance and will rehearse.
Limited seating available for audiences.

If you are interested in joining as a reader please register below.

September 28 | 7:30pm EST

Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre | Frank Thompson Hall


A Case of Salt – II

by Gaven Bell

A murder mystery highlights the expectations, fears, and assumptions about disability that a group of high school theatre students face in this 2021 Creative Artist winning play.

Theme(s): Disability Visibility & Inclusion

Content Warnings: Adult & Ableist Language

October 1 | 7:30pm EST

Rehearsal Hall 150 | Frank Thompson Hall



Past Out Loud Titles

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Past Performances

A Case of Salt

by Gaven Bell

A murder mystery highlights the expectations, fears, and assumptions about disability that a group of high school theatre students face in this 2021 Creative Artist winning play.

Theme(s): Disability Visibility & Inclusion

Content Warnings: Adult & Ableist Language

August 20 | 7:30pm EST

Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre | Frank Thompson Hall

The House of Bernarda Alba

by Federico García Lorca

Adapted by Chay Yew

Angustias, Magdalena, Amelia, Martirio, Adela. The five daughters of Bernarda Alba have been sentenced to eight years of seclusion, mourning the recent death of their father. But erotic intrigues and exquisite longings cannot be contained in a house of cloistered daughters. These youthful, unmarried women are not to be held back, and each cultivates her own avenue of escape from the literal to the imagined. A poetic drama by Federico García Lorca, one of the 20th century’s greatest dramatists, permeates this tragic masterpiece of matriarchal despotism. This new adaptation by Chay Yew was nominated for Outstanding Adaptation by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle. 

Theme(s): Women & Social Expectations

Content Warnings: Suicide, Violence against women, Infanticide, Jealousy, Repression & Isolation

September 10 | 7:30pm EST

Rehearsal Hall 150 | Frank Thompson Hall