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Theatre Arts season 'not to be missed'

Friday, September 16, 2011

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Media Contact: Bridget Lewis

ARLINGTON – 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.

The 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.” 

“This 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. 

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 schedule includes:

  • The 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.
  • The 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.
  • Spring 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.

Call the UT Arlington Theatre Box Office, 817-272-2669 for inquiries about season ticket subscriptions, single tickets, group rates or reservations.

For more about the UT Arlington Department of Theatre Arts, visit

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