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Past Theatre Seasons: 2013-2014

2013 - 2014 Mainstage Performances



The Women

by Clare Booth Luce
Directed by Blake Hackler
October 2-6, 2013
8 p.m. Wed.-Sat.; 2 p.m. Sat. & Sun.
Greer Garson Theatre - Owen Arts Center

Clare Booth Luce was the first American woman appointed to a major ambassadorial post (Italy), as well as a journalist, congresswoman and playwright. She was famous for her acidic wit, and The Women, her much-debated and oft-revived comedy of back-stabbing society women, was the comedic Broadway smash of 1936. The play’s topics - marriage, divorce, friendship, infidelity, gossip and class differences - continue to appeal to audiences today. Upon Luce’s death in 1987, The Washington Post wrote, “She raised early feminist hell…she was neither fearful nor ashamed of what she meant to say.”
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Slavs! Thinking About the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness

by Tony Kushner
Directed by Rhonda Blair
October 23-27, 2013
8 p.m. Wed.-Sat.; 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Sun.
Margo Jones Theatre – Owen Arts Center

Moscow, March 1985. The last of the U.S.S.R. Another dark, funny, often vaudevillian fantasia from Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner, the celebrated author ofAngels in America and, most recently, the screenplay for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. Here the slapstick and the lunatic combine, in the words of critic Vincent Canby, to ask those age-old questions about good and evil, justice and its miscarriage – and what is to be done about them. 
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The Seven

by Will Power
Directed by Tre Garrett 
December 4-8, 2013
8 p.m. Wed.-Sat.; 2 p.m. Sat. & Sun.
Greer Garson Theatre - Owen Arts Center

Hip-hop, doo-wop, 1970s funk, gospel, the blues and R&B combine in this reworking by Meadows Artist-in-Residence Will Power of Aeschylus’s Seven Against Thebes.Set in today’s urban America and directed by guest artist Tre Garrett, artistic director of Ft. Worth’s Jubilee Theatre, The Seven follows the struggles of the sons of Oedipus as they vie for the throne of Thebes. Of his earlier piece FLOW, The New York Times said, “Will Power is treading in new territory, experimenting with tools that are new to the theatre. … What’s most impressive is that you can see clearly through the door it is opening to a storehouse of new possibilities.”
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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.”

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.

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.

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