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2013-2014 Mainstage Theatre

Date Time Performance Details
Oct 10-13
Oct 17-20
  Musical RENT
Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Directed by Linda Donahue
A Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical and one of the longest running shows on Broadway, RENT has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences. Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, RENT follows a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.
WARNING:  ADULT LANGUAGE AND SITUATIONS
Nov 21-24   Comedy THE Illusion*
Freely adapted by Tony Kushner from Pierre Corneille's L'Illusion Comique
Directed by Jonathan Marks
Adapted from a seventeenth-century French comedy, The Illusion follows a contrite father seeking news of his prodigal son from a sorcerer. The magician conjures three episodes from the young man's life. Inexplicably, each scene finds the boy in a slightly different world where names change and allegiances shift. The father watches, but only as the strange tale reaches its conclusion does he learn the ultimate truth about his son.
Jan 23-25
 
  Dance DanceTech: The Funnies
An Exciting evening of original dance choreographed and performed by the award-winning Tech University Dance faculty and nationally recognized guest artists.
Mar 6-9   Drama The Women of Troy
By Euripides, translated version by Don Taylor
Directed by Ben Slate
Euripides's play follows the fates of the women of Troy after their city has been sacked, their husbands killed, and as their remaining families are about to be taken away as slaves. Since its production in 415 BC, the play has stood as a controversial outcry against the subjugation of women by men, particularly during wartime, and is an enduring comment on our modern world. We will explore, through the lens of feminist rape theory, both the spoken and unspoken assumptions concerning male power and dominance, women as sexual property, and the cultural normalization and acceptance of wartime rape.
WARNING:  GRAPHIC DEPICTIONS OF VIOLENCE AND RAPE; NUDITY
May 1-4   Comedy Twelfth Night, or What You Will
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Bill Gelber
Heart-sick nobles, saucy servants, mistaken identities: all collide in a delightful mix of the high and low in Shakespeare's richest comedy about the things we do for love. In the words of Duke Orsino, "If music be the food of love, play on!"
       *Pierre Corneille's The Illusion, translated and adapted by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, is being presented in collaboration with the Presidential Lecture and Performance Series. The series' opening season event on Friday, October 25 at 7 PM at the Allen Theatre features "A Conversation with Tony Kushner", facilitated by Dr. Mark Charney, Chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance.  Mr. Kushner will be available to autograph books immediately following the presentation. Tickets for "A Conversation with Tony Kushner" are available through Select-A-Seat (806) 770-2000. For more information, visit www.presidentialseries.ttu.edu

Curtain times for Mainstage 2013-2014 plays are 8 PM Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 PM on Sundays. There is no Sunday matinee of DanceTech: The Funnies. Tickets are $18 for individuals; $5 for students with a valid ID. Free student rush tickets are available on a limited basis to Texas Tech students. All performances are in the Maedgen Mainstage Theatre (east entrance), located on 18th Street between Boston and Flint Avenues. Call (806) 742-3603 for tickets and information.

(All productions are pending availability and may be changed if rights are not available or for other reasons.)

2013-2014 Lab Theatre

Date Time Performance Details
Sept 23-29     Vicarious Playboys (not fully produced)
by Michael Flood
Directed by Nick Irion
Three friends, fighting to keep their lives, relationships and careers intact following the revelation of their extracurricular activities, learn that collateral damage is anything but incidental.
(Contains adult language and situations)
Oct 28-Nov 3     The Prophet Darla
By Jared Strange
Directed by Chelsea Prettyman
Darla is just an ordinary young woman trying to make ends meet when a heavenly visit from one of history's greatest forerunners starts her on a path towards miraculous powers long thought extinct.  Those closest to her immediately move to take advantage of her newfound gifts, propelling this dark comedy about faith, desire, and the nature of goodness to a dramatic conclusion.
(Contains some mild language and adult situations)
Feb 17-23     How I Learned to Drive
By Paula Vogel
Directed by Bruce Hermann
This is a wildly funny, surprising and devastating tale of survival as seen through the lens of a troubling relationship between a young girl and an older man. It is the story of a woman who learns the rules of the road and life from behind the wheel.
(Contains adult themes and situations)
Mar 31-Apr 6     Raider Red's One-Act Play Spectacular (RROAPS)
Original one-act plays by Texas Tech student playwrights
Apr 10-12     Raider Red's Awesome Dance Spectacular (RRADS)
Original choreography by Texas Tech student choreographers
Apr-23-27     Underworld (not fully produced)
By Karen Wurl
Directed by Cinthya Hernandez
A middle-aged woman mourns the loss of her father as she searches for her missing daughter, a recovering drug addict who has apparently succumbed to relapse.  Her search is further haunted by the ghost of a murdered boy she barely knew in high school, as she navigates the unfamiliar, underground territory where she may or may not find her daughter.
      Curtain times for Laboratory Theatre 2013-2014 plays are 8 PM Mondays through Saturdays and 2 PM on Sundays. There is no Sunday matinee of The Fall Dance Festival or RRADS. Tickets are $10 for individuals; $5 for students with a valid ID. Free student rush tickets are available on a limited basis to Texas Tech students. All performances are in the Maedgen Laboratory Theatre (west entrance), located on 18th Street between Boston and Flint Avenues. Call (806) 742-3603 for tickets and information.

 Creative Movement Studio Concerts

Date Time Location Details
Nov 13-16     Fall Dance Festival
Original Dance Choreography by Texas TEch students choreographers

Curtain times for the Fall Dance Festival are 8 PM Wednesday through Saturday; there is no Sunday performance. Tickets are $10 for individuals and $5 for students with a valid ID. All performances are at the Creative Movement Studio, located at the southwest corner of Akron and Glenna Goodacre Avenues. Call (806) 742-3603 for tickets and information.

(All productions are pending availability and may be changed if rights are not available or for other reasons.)