Texas Tech University

The School of Theatre & Dance presents "Sonnets for an Old Century"

February 1, 2021

Performances will be Feb 11-14 via Zoom.

What story would you tell to reveal the truths that define your life? Audiences will consider this question when Texas Tech University's School of Theatre & Dance, housed within the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts, presents Sonnets for an Old Century by José Rivera and directed by April Langehennig. Performances will take place February 11-14 via Zoom Webinar, and virtual curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday – Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Set in the space between life and what may come after, Sonnets for an Old Century examines what it means to be alive through examining what each of us will leave behind. In a series of exquisitely written monologues, Sonnets captures the subtle, often overlooked treasures of everyday life.

"The characters voice their disappointments, triumphs, narrowmindedness, and empathy," says Langehennig, "the poignancy that comes from privileging truth over sentiment. These sonnets represent their last chance to make a statement about their life and beliefs. I chose Sonnets because the play gives marginalized actors a chance to shine by telling stories that are relevant, complex, and representative of their own cultures and identities."

An added interactive component will give audiences the opportunity to respond to a series of questions during the performance that determine the order of the sonnets.

Tickets for Sonnets for an Old Century are $5 for individuals and free for students with a valid R number, which can be entered as a promotional code online. To purchase tickets visit the School of Theatre & Dance website.

About Texas Tech University School of Theatre & Dance—The School of Theatre and Dance at Texas Tech University fosters the highest standards of scholarship and creative activity and provides opportunities for students to work actively in both areas. We champion training and education in a breadth of specialized programs, encourage students to cross boundaries between them, and prepare students for careers in both practice and pedagogy. By integrating the practical and the scholarly, the School serves as a vital force in the cultural and intellectual life of our society.

CONTACT: Cory Norman, director, Marketing and Communication, School of Theatre & Dance, J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts, Texas Tech University (806) 834-6761 or cory.norman@ttu.edu