2015-2016 Mainstage Theatre
||Comedy||You Can't Take It with You
by Moss Hart and George S. Kauffman
Directed by Jonathan Marks
1937. Depression. Dark clouds taking ominous forms in Europe. Not a good time for America.
And yet one of our national reactions was to depict the chaos of crumpling systems as zany comedy with absurd, unpredictable eruptions of hilarity: the Marx Brothers, Hellzapoppin', and on Broadway the debut of an American classic, Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's You Can't Take It With You.
The Sycamore family has dropped out of the rat race to pursue their passions: music, dance, stamp collecting, attending graduation ceremonies, making fireworks, love – whatever turns them on – and when they butt against the world of care and fear of what's to come, they prove to be the antidote for what ails humanity.
Pure pleasure is their goal, and it's what they've delivered ever since.
Winner! 1995 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play
Winner! 1994 Olivier Award for Best Play
By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Bill Gelber
Arcadia moves back and forth between 1809 and the present at the elegant estate owned by the Coverly family. The 1809 scenes reveal a household in transition. As the Arcadian landscape is being transformed into picturesque Gothic gardens, complete with a hermitage, thirteen year-old Lady Thomasina and her tutor delve into intellectual and romantic issues. This brilliant play moves smoothly between the centuries and explores the nature of truth and time, the difference between classical and romantic temperaments, and the disruptive influence of sex on our lives.
||Drama||The Pinsky Project
Conceived by Norman A. Bert
Based on Robert Pinsky's poem "Poem with Lines in Any Order"
Plays by Joshua Barrett, Norman Bert, Sharai Bohannon, Liz Castillo, Mark Charney, Arlene Hutton, David Kranes, Orada Lelanuja, Jared Strange, Jaston Williams, and Karen Wurl
Original music by Curtis Peoples.
Directed by Richard Corley
The Pinsky Project is a World Premiere about an American family, based on a poem by United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. Eleven playwrights and a composer create snapshots that capture birth and romance, fear and courage, memory and desire, joy and heartbreak - moments of an American family album. An evening of both comedy and tragedy, THE PINSKY PROJECT is about shaping our present, altering our future, and memorializing our past. It is about the ceaseless change at the heart of our lives.
[PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE TO THE FIREHOUSE THEATRE, LHUCA]
Book by Joe Masteroff, based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood
Music by John Kander; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Directed by Dean Nolen
Won 8 Tony Awards in 1967; won 4 Tony Awards in 1998 Revival
Ladies and Gentlemen...Willkommen to Berlin, 1931. Step inside the Kit Kat Klub and leave your cares behind. Relax. Outside, the world may be crumbling but in here...all is forgiven. Beautiful girls. Handsome boys. We will help you to forget your troubles. Drink, Dance, Escape. Willkommen...
Curtain times for Mainstage 2015-2016 plays are 8 PM Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 PM on Sundays. There is no Sunday matinee of DanceTech: 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. Performances for You Can't Take It with You, Arcadia, DanceTech, and Cabaret are in the Maedgen Mainstage Theatre (east entrance), located on 2812 18th Street between Boston and Flint Avenues. Performances for the Pinsky Project will be held at the Firehouse Theatre in the Louise Underwood Center for the Arts, located at 511 Avenue K. 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.)
2015-2016 Lab Theatre
|Oct 24-26||7:00 pm||Nunca Olvidaré ... (I'll Never Forget ...)
Escrita y Dirigida por Evangeline Jimenez
Viernes, 24 de Octubre a las 7 en el Teatro Escondido, Universidad de Texas Tech, SUB
Sábado, 25 de Octubre a las 7 en el Auditorio de la Escuela Lubbock High
Domingo, 26 de Octubre a las 2 en el Auditorio de la Escuela Lubbock High
Nunca Olvidaré ... es una obra de teatro que culminó en las entrevistas recogidos de la comunidad Hispana en 'The Identity Project' ('El Proyecto de Identidad'). Es una historia sobre el amor, la pérdida, el perdón, y el descubrimiento de la identidad en el pasado, el presente y las futuras vidas de una comunidad y la familia. A punto de comenzar la universidad, Hope (Esperanza) lucha con lo que es ser una joven, mujer Hispana, y lo que quiere para ella. Atrapados entre los ideales tradicionales Hispanas de su abuelo, y la rebelión de su madre contra las normas tradicionales, Hope (Esperanza) tiene que decidir cómo va a elegir vivir su vida y qué valores de abrazar.
Nunca Olvidaré... (I'll Never Forget...)
Written and Directed by Evangeline Jimenez
Friday, October 24 @ 7pm at the Escondido Theatre, Texas Tech University, SUB
Saturday, October 25 @ 7pm at the Lubbock High School Auditorium
Sunday, October 26 @ 2pm at the Lubbock High School Auditorium
Nunca Olvidaré... is a play culminating from the interviews gathered from the Hispanic community in The Identity Project. It is a story about love, loss, forgiveness, and discovering identity in the past, present and future lives of a community and family. On the brink of beginning college, Hope struggles with who she is as a young, Hispanic woman, and what she wants for herself in life. Caught between her grandfather's traditional Hispanic ideals, and her mother's rebellion against the traditional standards, Hope must decide how she will choose to live her life and what values to embrace.
|The Soft Parade
by Nicholas. D. Irion
Directed by Nikki Irion
What happens when the dead are reanimated? The Soft Parade takes a new look at this oft-explored conceitand focuses on the relationship between a father and daughter, both who object to the reanimation procedure. When the daughter, Paige is inadvertently reunited with her deceased father Grayson, their relationship deteriorates as they realize that this procedure transforms loved ones into something potentially deadly. In the wake of this "brave new world," father and daughter are left to fight for their lives, their individuality, and yes, even their humanity.
(Contains adult language and situations)
|Feb 2-8||In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)
By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Kristen Rogers
Set in upstate New York at the "dawn of the age of electricity," In the Next Room depicts the history of the newly invented vibrator as a clinical treatment for female hysteria. As Dr. Givings administers to his patients behind closed doors, his wife, Catherine, is left to wonder what the buzz is all about. Simultaneously playful and honest, this minimally-designed award-winning play questions and criticizes the patriarchal norms that confined women in a way that not only kept them "in the next room," but also tightly controlled their most intimate experiences.
(Contains adult themes and situations; brief nudity)
|Mar 2-8||Raider Red's One-Act Play Spectacular (RROAPS)
Original one-act plays by Texas Tech student playwrights
|Apr 16-18||Raider Red's Awesome Dance Spectacular (RRADS)
Original choreography by Texas Tech student choreographers
|Curtain times for Laboratory Theatre 2014-2015 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.|
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