2014-2015 Mainstage Theatre
Music and Lyrics by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez; Book by Jeff Whitty
Directed by Linda Donahue
The irreverent musical Avenue Q is a delightful, satirical send up of Sesame Street for adults. Winner of three 2003 Tony Awards® for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score, Avenue Q mingles human characters with practically life-sized fuzzy creature puppets to dance, sing and lament about their messy lives on the down-and-out avenue where they reside (the Avenue Q in New York, not in Lubbock, mind you!). In their attempt to find purpose and love, the characters experience twists and turns, often leading to the sort of zany chaos only musicals deliver. Avenue Q is fast paced, adult fun, the sort of show where you leave the children at home.
*Avenue Q has not been authorized or approved by the Jim Henson or Sesame Workshop, which have no responsibility for its content.
WARNING: ADULT LANGUAGE AND SITUATIONS
|Nov 20-23||Comedy||Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
By Christopher Durang
Vanya and his sister Sonia tolerate the mediocrity of their middle-aged lives in Bucks County, PA, until their movie-star sister Masha returns for a visit that complicates matters. With her boy-toy Spike in tow, Masha incites a madcap family reunion complete with all the comic genius that only Christopher Durang can deliver. Durang takes characters and themes from Chekhov, pours them into a blender, mixes them up, and this 2013 Tony Award® winner for Best Play is the utterly hilarious and occasionally touching result.
|Feb 19-22||Comedy||On the Verge; Or, the Geography of Yearning
By Eric Overmyer
Directed by Richard Corley
Three Victorian lady explorers - "sister sojourners" – lead us on an intrepid safari from darkest Africa to Terra Incognita, along the way encountering cannibals and nightclub singers, Cool Whip and bridge-guarding trolls, psychics and American teenagers. Eric Overmyer's feminist time-travel jaunt is a wondrous delight of language and spectacle that asks serious questions about our need to control the world around us.
The DanceTech: Rewind concert features choreography by Texas Tech University dance faculty members and by nationally recognized guest artists. This year's concert theme provides audiences with an exciting retrospective of some of the award-winning dance faculty's most significant works to date. Join us for an evening of powerful, original, and exciting dance!
|Drama||Mother Courage and Her Children
By Bertolt Brecht
Translated by Tony Kushner
Directed by Bill Gelber
During the Thirty Years War, Mother Courage tries to balance business and the needs of her family. The dilemmas she faces, and the choices she makes, lead to startling and heart-breaking results. Mother Courage is Brecht's always timely elegy on war, family, and the indomitable struggle of the human will. As translated by Tony Kushner, it continues to be a masterpiece for the twenty-first century.
Curtain times for Mainstage 2014-2015 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.)
2014-2015 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.|
Creative Movement Studio Concerts
Fall Dance Festival
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