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THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND DANCE
Love and Information
BY CARYL CHURCHILL
APRIL 13-24, 2022
AT THE OSCAR G. BROCKETT THEATRE
Texas Theatre and Dance is pleased to present Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information. A unique, thrilling theatrical kaleidoscope that showcases more than 100 characters trying to make sense of what they know. Someone sneezes. Someone can’t get a signal. Someone won’t answer the door. Someone put an elephant on the stairs. Someone’s not ready to talk. Someone is her brother’s mother. Someone hates irrational numbers. Someone told the police. Someone got a message from the traffic light. Someone’s never felt like this before. On stage at the Oscar G. Brockett Theatre April 13-24, 2022.
“I have long been a fan of Caryl Churchill and this play specifically. As more of our lives shifted online in response to the pandemic, I kept coming back to it. To me, the play is a prime artistic representation of the fragmented, multi-modal existence we experience every day,” shares director and M.F.A. in Theatre candidate Mike Steele. “Love and Information is a diverse montage of over 60 scenes featuring over 100 characters that intersect to create a unique, kaleidoscopic performance event. You'll get to see a cast of 16 play every character in the show. They sing, they dance, they go through heartbreak, they put on puppet shows, they fall in love and they bring a huge amount of spirit and precision to every detail you see on stage. We've worked hard to make the piece feel as immersive as possible so that the sound, dialogue, video and movement happen all around the space. The audience will feel as though they are scrolling and screen-switching throughout the night, finding connections between moments as the piece unfolds.”
Mike Steele is a director, performer and writer from Chicago, Illinois. Most recently he directed poolboy00 and OCD for UTNT (UT New Theatre) (2020/2021). Other directing credits include The Killer and Sad Happy Sucker (Trap Door Theatre) and The Capillaries (Links Hall). Steele is also the former founding artistic director of The Island Theatre of Chicago. With The Island he led the creation of several original plays including Tourist Trap and The Glass Inward. Recently, Steele has been developing an immersive performance piece titled High Strangeness dealing with belief, aliens, spirituality, mischief and fakery. Also an actor, Steele has performed with numerous companies and toured internationally in cities across Poland, Romania, Hungary and the Republic of Moldova. Steele holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Studies from the Meadows School of the Arts.
Love and Information features a powerful ensemble cast, including Pete Guadalupe Almaraz IV, Macy Butler, Mary Alice Carnes, Megan Davidson, Nicole Delarosa, Grace Featherston, Dominic Gross, Alyssa Hernandez, Andrea Nuñez, Mika O’Dwyer, Esther Park, Robert Pierson, Jay Smith, Juliana Smith-Etienne, Madeline Rose Thompson and Michael Williams Martinez.
The production team for Love and Information includes Hsiao-Wei Chen (Costume Designer), Ron Collins (Lighting Designer), John Erickson (Projection Designer), Daniel Geld (Technical Director), Inji Ha (Scenic Designer), Dillon James (Composer), Lauren Mural (Stage Manager), Molly Roy (Dramaturg/Movement Director), Mike Steele (Director) and Alex Titsworth (Sound Designer).
For more information about Love and Information, please visit JoinTheDrama.org
April 13-24, 2022* – The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance presents Love and Information by Caryl Churchill at the Oscar G. Brockett Theatre (300 E. 23rd St.), located in the F. Loren Winship Drama Building. A map of the campus: theatredance.utexas.edu/about/location-directions-parking
Performance times are April 13 (Preview) at 7:30 p.m., April 14 (Opening) at 7:30 p.m., April 15-16 at 7:30 p.m. and April 16, 23-24 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets for preview are $10 for adults/faculty/staff and $5 for students (with proof of ID); Tickets for all other performances are $26 adult, $21 UT faculty and staff, $15 student and are available for sale online at JoinTheDrama.org, or at the F. Loren Winship Box Office beginning one hour prior to all performances. Office locations and hours: theatredance.utexas.edu/ticketing
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