The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance presents Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet by Tarell Alvin McCraney, directed by Robert Ramirez (head of acting, interim department chair) and Charles O. Anderson (head of dance) February 26-March 8, 2020 at the Oscar G. Brockett Theatre. The provocative, poignant and fiercely humorous coming-of-age story of a young gay man in the South, Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet is the stirring conclusion of The Brother/Sister Plays by Academy Award-winning playwright and screenwriter, Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight).
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The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance and The Paramount Theatre are pleased to present The Hero Twins: Blood Race by Ramón Esquivel, directed by Will Kiley December 6-7, 2019 at the Oscar G. Brockett Theatre.
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Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood as a group of young people struggle with questions of morality, sexuality and self-identity, on stage at the Oscar G. Brockett Theatre November 6-24, 2019. Directed by Anna Skidis Vargas and set to a punk rock score, this groundbreaking musical personifies the struggles of growing up and finding your own unique voice.
Under the artistic direction of Dorothy O’Shea Overbey and Gesel Mason, Dance Repertory Theatre returns to the stage in Fall For Dance, presenting new work of striking choreography from professional and student choreographers. Fall For Dance features work by guest artists Rena Butler (2019 Princess Grace Award), Manuel Vignoulle (veteran of Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet) and Elijah Alhadji Gibson (founder of Social Movement Contemporary Dance), as well as faculty members Dorothy O’Shea Overbey (Red Nightfall Productions) and Gesel Mason and student choreographers Mackenzie Lawrence (whose work what do you know about ghosts? features text by Libby Carr) and Khorii Tinson.
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The Method Gun, created by Rude Mechs, returns to the Texas Theatre and Dance stage October 4-5, 2019 at the B. Iden Payne Theatre. The piece explores the life and techniques of Stella Burden, actor-training guru of the 1960s and 70s, whose sudden emigration to South America still haunts her most fervent followers. Burden's training technique, The Approach (often referred to as "the most dangerous acting technique in the world"), fused Western acting methods with risk-based rituals in order to infuse even the smallest role with sex, death and violence.
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Shakespeare's Ophelia rises up out of the water, dreaming of Pop-Tarts and other sweet things. She finds herself in a neo-Elizabethan Appalachian setting where Gertrude runs a brothel, Hamlet is called a Rude Boy and nothing is what it seems. In this mirrored world of word-scraps and cold sex, Ophelia cuts a new path for herself. The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance presents 12 Ophelias (a play with broken songs) by Caridad Svich, directed by Jess Shoemaker October 2-13, 2019 at the Oscar G. Brockett Theatre.
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Texas Theatre and Dance is pleased to present the 2019/2020 Subscription Series, featuring a reimagining of Shakespeare's Ophelia, a punk rock musical for a new generation, Jane Austen's classic tale of good sense and emotional sensibility, captivating new choreography and the stunning conclusion of Tarell Alvin McCraney's award-winning trilogy.
The Cohen New Works Festival, presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin, returns in a biennial, five-day festival celebrating new, student-created work April 15-19, 2019 on the university campus. The 2019 Festival will present 30 new works, including works of dance, theatre, new plays, installations and site-specific performance work.
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The University of Texas Department of Theatre and Dance at Austin presents UTNT (UT New Theatre), March 12-31, 2019 in multiple locations throughout the F. Loren Winship Drama Building. Established in 2007 by nationally renowned playwright Steven Dietz, UTNT (UT New Theatre) is an annual showcase of newly developed works for the American stage from playwrights of the Department of Theatre and Dance’s master of fine arts program and Michener Center for Writers. Now in its twelfth year, UTNT brings to the stage compelling works by I-Chia Chiu, Hannah Kenah, Daria Miyeko Marinelli and Thom May.
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Under the artistic direction of Andrea Beckham and Erica Gionfriddo, Dance Repertory Theatre returns to the stage in Fortitude, a concert celebrating the enduring spirit of dance and the strength of those called to it as a field. Fortitude features work by renowned guest artists, faculty and students as well as the annual presentation of the Haruka Weiser Memorial Commission.
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This fall, the Department of Theatre and Dance welcomes McArthur fellows Annie Baker and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins to the playwriting faculty in the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin.
The Women of _______ (a song not song), inspired by Euripides' The Women of Troy, is a partially-devised work collecting the voices of historically marginalized people in an effort to explore trauma, political wars and our personal battles against ourselves. Written by I-Chia Chiu, kt shorb and the ensemble, February 13-17, 2019 at the Oscar G. Brockett Theatre.
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A businesswoman, hated for being Jewish, tries to break into the clique of rich men who run Venice. A wealthy merchant seeks to buy the love of a young man. A sheltered heiress attempts to escape her dead father's will. One of Shakespeare's most controversial and misunderstood plays, this production of The Merchant of Venice tackles, head-on, the topics of anti-Semitism, misogyny and homophobia in society. Part scathing social satire, part romantic comedy, part revenge thriller, The Merchant of Venice defies expectations and asks us to examine what hatred we hold in our hearts.
Under the direction of Charles O. Anderson, Dorothy O’Shea Overbey and Gesel Mason, The University of Texas at Austin’s award-winning dance company Dance Repertory Theatre returns to the stage in Fall For Dance, November 6-11 at the B. Iden Payne Theatre. An examination of embodiment and innovation through contemporary ballet, Fall For Dance features works by renowned guest artists, including Gregory Dolbashian and Sidra Bell.
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Texas Theatre and Dance presents Matawan by Dan Caffrey, October 10-21, 2018 at the Oscar G. Brockett Theatre. In the summer of 1916, a series of fatal shark attacks terrorized the New Jersey Shore. Further inland, a polio epidemic plagued Philadelphia, while the cloud of World War I loomed over the Nation. Spanning several cities, the infinite depths of the ocean and the point of view of the shark herself, Matawan examines how our internal anxieties are often just as terrifying as our national catastrophes.
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The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance presents a semi-staged reading of A Plan and Not Quite Enough Time featuring professional and student actors, directed by KJ Sanchez (ReEntry). Written by Kirk Lynn (The Method Gun) and commissioned through collaboration with The College of Fine Arts and Texas Performing Arts, this new play takes a symphonic look at the major melodies playing throughout Bernstein’s life: music, family, spiritual longing, carnal passions and death.
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Established in 2007 by nationally renowned playwright Steven Dietz, UTNT (UT New Theatre) is an annual showcase of newly developed works for the American stage from playwrights of the Department of Theatre and Dance's master of fine arts program and Michener Center for Writers. Now in its eleventh year, UTNT brings to the stage compelling works by Paz Pardo (Milton, MI), Drew Paryzer (Loverboy) and Travis Tate (MotherWitch).
Under the direction of Charles O. Anderson and Andrea Beckham, Dance Repertory Theatre returns to the stage in Transcendence, a celebration of the life and work of Dr. Yacov Sharir. Featuring works by nationally renowned artists including Rennie Harris, Yacov Sharir, Madison Hicks, Andee Scott and Andrea Beckham, Transcendence also marks the inaugural year of a celebration of the life and art of Haruka Weiser through a new work commissioned in her name.
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The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance presents a true story of false profits, ENRON directed by Hannah Wolf, February 21-March 4, 2018 at the Oscar G. Brockett Theatre. Written by Lucy Prebble, ENRON follows the astounding rise and fall of the Houston-based energy company. Presented as an epic myth, featuring a cast of all women and non-binary actors, ENRON takes us through the twists and turns of capitalism, the glamour of greed and the toxic adrenaline of success. Witness the depth of deceit that led to one of the largest financial scandals in history.
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The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance presents the musical comedy gem The Drowsy Chaperone directed by Nick Mayo, December 6-10, 2017 at the B. Iden Payne Theatre. With book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar and music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, The Drowsy Chaperone offers a delightful tribute to Jazz Age musicals.
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