Stan Wojewodski, Jr. Takes Winding Path to SMU, Undermain Theatre
Dallas Morning News Feature Profiles the Incoming Theatre Division Chair
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After he left Yale in 2002 to resume directing at regional theaters full time, he staged a couple of British comedies at Dallas Theater Center. The theater division at Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts asked him to give a lecture. Things went so well that the school asked him to become artist in residence – then, in February, chairman of its theater operation, beginning next fall.
"I had no intention of ever being dean, chair, artistic director or chief cook and bottle washer ever again in my life. I said no, no, no and no," Wojewodski says. "But my colleagues are very persuasive. Fortunately, I think SMU has one of the strongest undergraduate programs in the country."
During his first visit to the Theater Center in 1995 to direct Ostrovsky's A Family Affair, Wojewodski got to know Undermain Theatre executive producer and frequent star Bruce DuBose. Since Wojewodski's move to Dallas, he and Undermain artistic director Katherine Owens have been looking for a project to do together.
They decided on one of the most seminal plays of the 20th century: Samuel Beckett's Endgame. It opens tonight with a cast that includes DuBose, Fred Curchack and Laura Jorgensen.
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