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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

ARLINGTON - Theater companies, mysterious suspense, downright bad days and an absurdist twist on the classic Greek tragedy, “Medea,” all take center stage at The University of Texas at Arlington Department of Theatre Arts’ Theatrefest showcase of plays April 16 through 20.

Theaterfest features plays directed by theatre arts students, as well as faculty, and covers a range of celebrated one-acts, along with Neil Simon’s full-length comedy, “45 Seconds to Broadway.” Theatrefest is the final offering of the Department of Theatre Arts’ 2007-08 season.

At 8 p.m. Wednesday April 16 and Friday April 18 and at 2:30 p.m. Saturday April 19, the following plays will be presented in the Studio Theatre, room 137 in the Fine Arts Building, 700 Greek Row Drive.

· "The Philadelphia" by David Ives: A riotous comedy about what it means to have a very bad day, directed by student George Donaldson.

· "Last Tango in Little Grimley" by David Tristram: A hilarious look at a fictional small theatre company, directed by student Amanda Halupnik.

· "Sorry Wrong Number" by Lucille Fletcher: A suspenseful mystery, directed by student Afton Trotter.

· “The Jerry Herman Center” by Assistant Visiting Professor Natalie Gaupp: A quirky examination of musical theater “addiction,” directed by student Stephen Eyre.

· "Medea" by Christopher Durang and Wendy Wasserstein: A dark comedy launched from the classic Greek play, directed by student Skylar Yancy.

Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winner Neil Simon’s “45 Second to Broadway” will be performed at 8 p.m. April 18 and 19, and at 2:30 p.m., April 20. Set in the coffee shop of a landmark hotel in the Broadway district of New York City, the play tells the stories of a diverse group of New Yorkers. It is directed by Theatre Arts Professor, Andrew Gaupp.

Theaterfest student actors include Chennel Ahmed, Malik Ali, O.T. Allen, Katie Butler, Jade Clark, Jessica Crandall, George Donaldson, Paul Engle and Stephen Eyre. Others are Tonya Free, Genesis Gordon, Porter Gandy, Nick Gould, Ericka Hernandez and Joshua Hitt. Also appearing are Angela Horn, Stephen Howell, Bradford Hutson, Nastasia Ingersoll, Nick Irion, Morgan Justiss and Melissa Kendall. Rounding out the cast is Krystal Love, Shelley Ohmes, Apryl Perales, Jackie Pickard, Sharay Santora, Graham Sculthorp, Ashley Shukayr, Joshua Smith and Marshall Warren.

Ticket prices are $8 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens, students with ID, and UT Arlington faculty and staff. Reservations are highly recommended.Call the box office at (817) 272-2669 for tickets.

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