ARLINGTON - The stage version of "Dead Man Walking," a gripping, true story that won film actress Susan Sarandon the Best Actress Academy Award in 1996, is one of the plays slated for The University of Texas at Arlington's 2009-2010 theater season.
"This season's productions will offer audiences a well-rounded theater experience that combines thought-provoking drama, humor and music," said Kim LaFontaine, chairman of the University of Texas at Arlington Department of Theatre Arts.
All productions will be in the Mainstage Theatre, with the exception of the Spring Theatrefest, which will be in the Studio Theatre. Both theaters are in the Fine Arts Building, 502 S. Cooper St. The line-up includes:
- Noises Off, 8 p.m. Oct. 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24; 2:30 p.m. Oct. 25
Michael Frayn's Tony Award- nominated farce traces the madcap backstage and onstage antics of an inept acting troupe as they stumble their way from bumbling dress rehearsal to disastrous closing night. Everything that can go wrong does. Andrew Gaupp, professor and associate chairman of the Department of Theatre Arts, directs.
- Book of Days, 8 p.m. Nov. 13, 14, 18, 20 and 21; 2:30 p.m. Nov. 22
This Lanford Wilson play is set in a small town dominated by a cheese plant, a fundamentalist church and a community theater. When the owner of the cheese plant dies, his bookkeeper suspects murder. Cast as Joan of Arc in a local production of George Bernard Shaw's "St. Joan," the bookkeeper takes on the attributes of her fictional character and launches into a one-woman campaign to see justice done. The playwright has created characters who display both comic turns and enormous depth. Dennis Maher, associate professor and dramaturge, will direct.
- Dead Man Walking, 8 p.m. Feb 26 and 27, March 4, 5 and 6; 2:30 p.m. March 27
This will be a first-time-ever interdisciplinary production, coordinated by the Departments of Theatre Arts, Criminology and Criminal Science and Political Science. It is the true story of a nun who becomes spiritual adviser to a convicted murderer while also sympathizing with the victims' families. The play touches upon the universal themes of revenge and redemption, crime and punishment, fear and salvation. It is based on the book "Dead Man Walking," by Sister Helen Prejean and written by Tim Robbins. Lecturer Anne Healy will direct.
- My Emperor's New Clothes, 8 p.m. April 23 and 24; 2:30 p.m. April 24 and 25
Larry Shue, who wrote the hit comedies "The Nerd" and "The Foreigner," wrote this colorful, brightly comical treat for young audiences. The author has transformed the famous original children's story by Hans Christian Anderson into a fresh and lively theater piece filled with funny lines, hummable songs and fast-paced action. Associate Professor Joe Chapa will direct.
- Spring Theatrefest, 8 p.m. April 16 and 17; 2:30 p.m. April 17
The festival of one-act plays showcases the talent of Theatre Arts majors, both as actors and directors. "Lots of Greed and Avarice Going Down" was written by Natalie Gaupp and is directed by Nick Irion. "Sometimes I Wake up in the Middle of the Night" was written by students of the Walden Theatre Conservatory and will be directed by Nastasia Ingersoll. The final two plays are "Overtones," written by Alice Gerstenberg and directed by Brandi Andrade, and "The Universal Language," written by David Ives and directed by Krystal Love.
Call the UTA Theatre Box Office, 817-272-2669 for inquiries on season ticket subscriptions, single tickets, group rates or reservations. Contact Natalie Gaupp, senior lecturer for the Department of Theatre Arts, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-272-5722 for more information on the productions.
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