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Theatre Arts to open "The Violet Hour"

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Friday, October 24, 2008

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at Arlington Department of Theatre Arts will present the riveting drama, “The Violet Hour,” by Richard Greenberg as the second production of the 2008-09 season. The show will be directed by Dr. Dennis Maher, professor and dramaturg.

The story takes place on April 1, 1919, in a publishing office in Manhattan. Publisher John Pace Seavering has just enough money to publish one book, but has two different authors trying to gain his interest. Adding to his dilemma, a mysterious machine spewing out cryptic pages arrives in John’s office, strangely threatening his plans for the future. From beginning to end, “The Violet Hour” is a mind-boggling puzzle, where everything is not as quite as it seems.

The cast will feature student performers O.T. Allen as John Pace Seavering, Paul Johnson as Denis McCleary, Afton Trotter as Jessie Brewster, Jill Deramus as Rosamund Plinth and Jackie Pickard as Gidger.

Production staff includes Associate Professor David Navalinsky as technical director, senior theatre arts major Amanda Halupnik as stage manager, junior theatre arts major Jason Villarreal in charge of costumes, and Jared Land and Michelle Harvey, both theatre arts specialists, respectively in sound/lighting and scenic design.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Nov. 19 through 22 and at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 22 and 23 in the Studio Theatre at the Fine Arts Building, 502 S. Cooper St. Ticket are $10 for the general public, and $7 for UT Arlington faculty/staff/students and senior citizens. Call the Department of Theatre Arts Box Office at (817) 272-2669 for tickets or e-mail Visiting Assistant Professor Natalie Gaupp at ngaupp@uta.edu for more information about the production.

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