UMW Continued Theatre Season with Production of “Harvey”

UMW's production of "Harvey" opens Feb. 14

The University of Mary Washington‘s Department of Theatre & Dance continued its 2012-2013 season with a production of “Harvey,” a comedy by Mary Chase. Performances were Feb. 14 to 24 in DuPont Hall’s Klein Theatre. “Harvey” is a comedy about Elwood P. Dowd and his companion, Harvey, a six-and-a-half foot tall invisible rabbit. Dowd’s sister, Veta, is worried that if she does not get him committed he will ruin the family’s social reputation. When she brings him to the sanitarium she is mistaken for a patient and is admitted instead. As the doctors try to right their wrongs, everyone begins to realize that Harvey may be more real than they ever anticipated. Mary Chase, an American journalist and playwright, wrote “Harvey” in 1944. The play premiered on Broadway later that year and became one of the longest running shows on Broadway after nearly four and a half years of performances. Chase won a Pulitzer Prize for “Harvey” in 1945. The production is directed by Gregg … [Read more...]

Theatre Season Continues with “Into the Woods”

UMW's production of "Into the Woods" opens Friday, Nov. 2. Photo courtesy of Geoff Greene

The opening night of the University of Mary Washington production of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods" was Friday, Nov. 2.  Performances of the Department of Theatre & Dance production will continue through Nov. 18 in duPont Hall's Klein Theatre. Tickets are $24 for general admission and $20 for students and senior citizens. “Into the Woods” is a musical about a childless baker and his wife, who would do anything in order to have a child. After a run-in with a witch who claims she can help, they are sent on a journey through the woods to find four magical items: a slipper as pure as gold, a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, and hair as yellow as corn. While on this adventure they encounter many well-known fairy tale characters that have their own reasons for being in the woods. All of them are searching for something, but soon they come to realize that what they had all along might be better than what they find. “Into the Woods” is a collaboration between … [Read more...]

UMW Department of Theatre & Dance Opened Season with “Talking With”

Senior Karen Devigili performs in "Talking With"

The University of Mary Washington Department of Theatre & Dance kicked off its 2012-13 season with a production of Jane Martin’s “Talking With" from Sept. 20 to 30. “Talking With” is comprised of 11 monologues performed by women. Each woman invites you into her world as she confesses a secret that she keeps from the rest of society. These monologues deal with a range of themes from marital problems to religious experiences, and everything in between. As the women speak they teach important lessons about love, loss and the search for happiness. “Talking With” premiered at the Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Ky., as part of the 1982 Humana Festival of New American Plays. Jane Martin is a pen name of a Kentucky playwright suspected to be the former Actors’ Theatre of Louisville artistic director, Jon Jory. Martin won the American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award for “Keely and Du” in 1994 and “Jack and Jill” in 1997. “Keely and Du” was nominated for the Pulitzer … [Read more...]

UMW Theatre Ended Season with ‘Hedda Gabler’

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The University of Mary Washington Department of Theatre and Dance concluded its 2011-12 season with a production of Henrik Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler,” adapted by Jon Robin Baitz. Performances ran from Thursday, April 12 through Sunday, April 22 in Klein Theatre. “Hedda Gabler,” set in Norway in the late 1800s, tells the story of George Tesman, a scholar and aspiring professor, and his new wife Hedda.  Hedda’s life with George has left her bored and dissatisfied, so when Eilert Lovborg, George’s academic rival and Hedda’s old flame, re-emerges as a successful writer, Hedda decides to stir up trouble. Little does Hedda know that her desire for an exciting life will lead to an end that no one could have foreseen. Since the first performance in Munich, Germany, in 1890, “Hedda Gabler” has had numerous productions in the U.S. and abroad. The most recent Broadway production, revived by the Roundabout Theatre Company at the American Airlines Theatre in 2009, starred Tony Award winner … [Read more...]