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2014 Mainstage Performances

Top Girls

directed by Rhonda Blair, Professor of Theatre, SMU
Ocotber 22 – October 26, 2014
Wed. – Sat.: 8 p.m.;
Sun.: 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Margo Jones Theatre - Owen Arts Center
Declared by arts writer Mark Ravenhill to be "the best play in the last 20 years," Top Girls opens with a dinner party in a London restaurant thrown by Marlene, the newly promoted managing director of the Top Girls employment agency. Her guests are famous women from history and myth, including Pope Joan, the Victorian traveler Isabella Bird, the 13th-century Japanese-courtesan-turned-Buddhist- nun Lady Nijo, Dull Gret from Bruegel's painting depicting a woman in armor running through hell and routing devils, and Patient Griselda, whose story is told in The Canterbury Tales. The Telegraph called it "splendidly funny and inventive, and, by the end, deeply moving, too."

Black Snow

by Keith Reddin
directed by Blake Hackler, Associate Professor of Theatre, SMU
Ocotber 1 – October 5, 2014
Wed. – Sat.: 8 p.m.;
Sat. & Sun.: 2 p.m.
Greer Garson Theatre - Owen Arts Center
Often called the ultimate backstage novel, Black Snow was based on Bulgakov’s own experiences with the Moscow Art Theatre and its famed director Stanislavsky, inventor of Method acting. As the publisher notes, “Scenery is chewed, fits are thrown, and the show just might not go on.” The Wall Street Journal wrote, “Mr. Reddin has crafted an incredibly funny and effective farce from Bulgakov’s railings against the autocrats and institutions.”

The Rep: Three Plays Performed in Rotating Repertory

April 22 – May 4, 2014
Tues. – Sat.: 8 p.m.;
Sat. & Sun.: 2 p.m.;
Sun. (April 27 only): 7:30 p.m.
Margo Jones Theatre – Owen Arts Center

The Division of Theatre will present three contemporary American plays in rotation over a two-week period.

New Visions, New Voices

Produced by Gretchen Elizabeth Smith, Associate Professor and Head of Theatre Studies, SMU
March 21 – 30, 2014
Fri. – Sat.: 8 p.m.;
Sat. & Sun.: 2 p.m.;
Sun. (March 23 only): 7:30 p.m.
Greer Garson Theatre - Owen Arts Center

A spring playwriting festival in its 20th season, New Visions, New Voices will present one performance each of a variety of full-length plays written by students graduating from the Division of Theatre. Directors include guest artists as well as faculty and students. Each performance will be followed by an audience discussion session with the playwright, director and actors.

Richard III

by William Shakespeare
directed by Michael Connolly, Associate Professor of Theatre, SMU
February 26 – March 2, 2014
Wed. – Sat.: 8 p.m.;
Sat. & Sun.: 2 p.m.
Greer Garson Theatre - Owen Arts Center

A towering and thrilling Shakespearean masterpiece featuring one of the theatre’s most entertaining villains and the array of brilliant women and men who oppose him. Master of a diabolically cruel wit, Richard boasts that he “can smile and murder whiles I smile…” In response, the poet W.H. Auden suggests that the murderous king “must always make enemies, for then he can be sure he exists.”

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