– Although 18th century audiences couldn’t turn to reality television for their
daily dose of scandal, they had something far better: the scathing Restoration
comedy of Richard Brinsley Sheridan.
contemporary interpretation of his play, “The School for Scandal,” is one of
the productions slated for The University of Texas at Arlington’s 2011-2012
theater season, which opens with the Agatha Christie classic, “The Mousetrap.”
season promises to feature some of our most innovative performances to date,
and is definitely a season not to be missed,” said Kim LaFontaine, chairman of
The UT Arlington Department of Theatre Arts.
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.
Mousetrap, 8 p.m. Oct. 14, 15, 20, 21
and 22; 2:30 p.m. Oct. 23 - Andrew Gaupp, professor and associate chairman of the Department of
Theatre Arts, directs this murder mystery by Agatha Christie, which The New York Times has called “…One of
the most skillfully written murder mysteries ever produced.” The play follows
Giles and Mollie Ralston, who operate a boarding house outside of London. They
have just opened their home to visitors and unknowingly have harbored a
murderer. Eccentric travelers become suspects, and it is up to Detective
Sergeant Trotter, to solve the crime.
- The School
for Scandal, 8 p.m. Nov. 11, 12, 17,
18 and 19; 2:30 p.m. Nov. 20 - This British comedy-of-manners is being updated to take place in
contemporary Los Angeles, where the preening, posing and posturing of Richard
Brinsley Sheridan’s amazing cast of characters get a taste of Hollywood, Sunset
Boulevard and Rodeo Drive. Senior Lecturer Natalie Gaupp will direct.
Seduction and Deception of Mozart, 8
p.m. Feb. 24, 25 and March 1, 2, 3; 2:30 p.m. March 4 - Interact with some of Mozart’s most famous operas and characters in
this joint production presented by the Departments of Theatre Arts and Music.
Actors and musicians will carry audiences on a journey through a labyrinth of
mistaken identities, surprise revelations, and unlikely interventions to a
world where position is everything and the upstairs/downstairs divide is
absolute. Senior Lecturer Anne Healy will direct.
- Paparazza, 8
p.m. April 12, 13 and 14; 2:30 p.m. April 15 -Senior Lecturer Natalie Gaupp wrote this play, which explores the
ramifications of celebrity and getting caught in the Hollywood machine. The
main character, Ally Wilder, is a young female photographer driven to capture
and sell images of the most outrageous celebrity scandals. After publishing
compromising photos of a one-time child star, now an adult has-been, the
paparazza soon finds the tables turned as she is coerced into sacrificing her
own career for the washed out luminary’s big comeback. Associate Professor
Dennis Maher will direct.
Theatrefest, 8 p.m. April 19 and 20;
2:30 p.m. April 22 - The festival of one-act plays showcases
the talent of Theatre Arts majors, both as actors and directors. The festival
will include “Visitor from Forest Hills,” written by Neil Simon and directed by
Nastasia Ingersoll; “Two Guys One Vault,” written and directed by Dan Hinckley;
and “WASP,” written by Steve Martin and directed by Wesley Farnsworth.
the UT Arlington Theatre Box Office, 817-272-2669 for inquiries about season
ticket subscriptions, single tickets, group rates or reservations.
more about the UT Arlington Department of Theatre Arts, visit www.uta.edu/theatre.
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