UTNT (UT New Theatre): Choreomaniac 1518


Graphic for the UTNT (UT New Theatre) production of CHOREOMANIAC 1518

By Malena Pennycook  
Directed by Caley Chase 

Dance yourself to death...

It's 16th century France and everything is horrible! There's bubonic plague, major agricultural collapse and the leadership is corrupt as all hell.  When a dancing plague breaks out, a group of potato farmers cue the strobe lights and reach towards hope. These are the choreomaniacs. This is their (mostly) true story.

Contains mature content and themes; performance includes elements of strobe and the use of haze. 

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February 29 at 7:30 p.m.   
March 2 at 7:30 p.m.  (a post-show experience will immediately follow the performance on March 2)
March 3 at 2:00 p.m. 

Learn more about UTNT (UT New Theatre) 2024 here. 

About the Playwright

Malena Pennycook is a third-year M.F.A. in Theatre (playwriting) candidate. They are a current Playwrights’ Center Core Apprentice and Scratchpad Series writer with The Playwrights Realm. Plays include Below (Samuel French/Concord Theatricals); Two Apprentices (Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Latinx Playwriting Award); Diving Board (Crashbox, Teatro Vivo) and Am I Busy Yet? (Cosmic Cherry Arts Festival). Credits with Texas Theatre and Dance include 9/10 Beds (studio series, 2022), [untitled memory project] and The Cohen New Works Festival (2023). B.F.A.- New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

About the Director

Caley Chase is a second-year M.F.A. in Theatre (directing) candidate at The University of Texas at Austin. She has directed, developed and created work at the Huntington Theatre Company, Powerhouse Theater, American Repertory Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, Shakespeare & Company, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Speakeasy Stage and Breaking and Entering Theatre Collective, among others. Credits with Texas Theatre and Dance include The Mikvah Project by Josh Azouz (studio series, 2022) and Then We’ll Rest by Eliya Smith (The Cohen New Works Festival, 2023). B.A.- Brandeis University. caleychase.com


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