2016-2017 Season

LOVE/SICK by John Cariani

 

A darker cousin to ALMOST, MAINE, John Cariani’s LOVE/SICK is a collection of nine slightly twisted and completely hilarious short plays. Set on a Friday night in an alternate suburban reality, this 80-minute romp explores the pain and the joy that comes with being in love. Full of imperfect lovers and dreamers, LOVE/SICK is an unromantic comedy for the romantic in everyone.

Performances: Thursday, September 22 – Sunday, October 2, 2016

Wednesdays- Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Directed by: Mia Self

Location: Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall

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GROSS INDECENCY: THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE by Moisés Kaufman

 

In early 1895, the Marquess of Queensberry, the father of Wilde’s young lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, left a card at Wilde’s club bearing the phrase “posing somdomite.” Wilde sued the Marquess for criminal libel. Wilde’s art and literature was denounced as immoral, leading the prosecuting attorney to declare, “It would appear that what is on trial is not Lord Queensberry but Mr. Wilde’s art!” In the end Queensberry was acquitted, and evidence that had been gathered against Wilde compelled the Crown to prosecute him for “gross indecency with male persons.”  His hit plays, running in London’s West End, were forced to close and Wilde was reduced to penury. Eventually Wilde was convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment at hard labor. He was separated forever from his wife and children, and wrote very little for the rest of his life. In addition to Wilde, Douglas and Queensberry, characters ranging from Queen Victoria to London’s rent boys, to a present-day academic are assembled to explore how history is made and how it can be so timely revisited in the theatre.

Performances: Wednesday, October 19 – Sunday, October 30, 2016

Wednesdays- Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Directed by: Rachel Klem

Location: Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre, Thompson Hall

NOTE: Gross Indecency is not included in the regular University Theatre season subscription.

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AN IDEAL HUSBAND by Oscar Wilde

 

To illustrate Oscar Wilde’s genius as one of the most important of English playwrights, University Theatre is mounting a production of one of his most successful plays.  Sir Robert Chiltern is a respected government official and a loving husband. His friend, Lord Arthur Goring, is a notorious womanizer who lives a life of casual lounging, meaningless flirtations and multiple illicit affairs. But when old acquaintance Laura Cheveley arrives in London to stir up trouble, the lives of the two men become increasingly complicated and intertwined, and their true natures are revealed.

Performances: Thursday, November 10 – Sunday, November 20, 2016 Wednesdays- Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Directed by: John McIlwee

Location: Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall

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THE SECRET GARDEN by Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, adapted from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett

 

This enchanting classic of enduring popularity is reimagined in brilliant musical style. Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the “Dreamers”, spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing THE SECRET GARDEN’S compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal with a magnificent and soaring score.

Performances: Wednesday, February 15 – Sunday, February 19, 2017 Wednesday- Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Directed by: John McIlwee

Location: Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union

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THE MERRY REAL (HOUSE)WIVES OF WINDSOR by William Shakespeare, adapted by Rachel Klem

A modern spoof of the Shakespeare classic, this production will use the reality T.V. genre to tell the romping story of Falstaff as he tries to trick Mistress Ford & Mistress Page out of their money. Set in the trashy nouveau riche town of Windsor, Connecticut, jealous husbands, silly suitors, and mischievous fairies make this classic play a riotous trip through small town politics and merry matchmaking.

Performances: Thursday, March 30 – Sunday April 9, 2017

Wednesdays- Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Directed by: Rachel Klem

Location: Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall