UMW Continues Theater Season with “Spring Awakening”

Courtesy of Geoff Greene.

The University of Mary Washington’s Department of Theatre & Dance will continue its 2013-2014 season with a production of the rock musical “Spring Awakening.” … [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 Department of Theatre & Dance Continued Season with “Moon Over Buffalo”

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The University of Mary Washington Department of Theatre & Dance will continue its 2011-12 season with a production of Ken Ludwig’s “Moon Over Buffalo.”  Performances will be Feb. 16-18 and Feb. 23-25 at 8 p.m., and Feb. 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. in Klein Theatre, duPont Hall. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and senior citizens. “Moon Over Buffalo” takes place in Buffalo, N.Y. in 1953.  Stage actors George and Charlotte Hay are performing “Cyrano de Bergerac” and “Private Lives” in repertory at Buffalo’s Erlanger Theatre when they receive word that Hollywood film director Frank Capra plans to attend a matinee performance. Chaos ensues as the Hays prepare for Capra’s arrival in hopes of starring in his new movie. “Moon Over Buffalo” premiered on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre on Oct. 1, 1995, and ran for 309 performances. Philip Bosco and Carol Burnett were nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play and Best Actress in a Play in 1996 for their … [Read more...]

UMW Department of Theatre & Dance to Continue Season with “Rent”

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The University of Mary Washington Department of Theatre & Dance will continue its 2011-12 season with a production of Jonathan Larson’s “Rent.” Performances will be Nov. 3-5, Nov. 10-12 and Nov. 17-19 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 6, 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. in Klein Theatre, duPont Hall. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $16 for students and senior citizens. “Rent” is the story of Mark and Roger, two struggling artists with dreams of making lives for themselves on the Lower East Side of New York City in the mid-1990s. Relationships are challenged as the AIDS epidemic threatens to tear their close-knit community apart. Mark, Roger and friends grapple with the meanings of life, love and loss, and find hope in friendship as they struggle to make ends meet. “Rent,” with book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, is based upon Giocomo Puccini’s “La Bohème.” “Rent” first premiered at New York Theatre Workshop in 1994, opened off-Broadway in 1996 and moved to Broadway later that year. In … [Read more...]