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Past Theatre Seasons: 2014-2015

2014 - 2015 Mainstage Performances

2015 - Spring

The Sparrow

by Chris Mathews, Jake Minton and Nathan Allen
February 25 – March 1, 2015
Greer Garson Theatre – Owen Arts Center
Written and developed by The House Theatre of Chicago – an innovative, award-winning company founded by SMU alumni in 2001 – The Sparrow tells the story of a teen with unusual hidden powers that could either save or destroy her hometown. The Chicago Tribune called the play “a thrilling, riveting celebration of the power of the imagination that adults and teens can enjoy, and understand, together.” The House Theatre’s mission is “to unite Chicago in the spirit of community through amazing feats of storytelling”; its artistic director, Nathan Allen, recently received the Emerging Leader Award from SMU.

The Sparrow

New Visions, New Voices

Produced by Gretchen Smith
March 20 – 29, 2015
Greer Garson Theatre – Owen Arts Center
This spring playwriting festival, now in its 21st season, will present one performance each of a variety of full-length plays written by graduating theatre students. Directors include guest artists as well as faculty and students. Each performance will be followed by an audience discussion.

The Rep: Three Contemporary American Plays Performed in Rotating Repertory

Thursday, April 23 – Sunday, May 3, 2015
Margo Jones Theatre – Owen Arts Center
The Division of Theatre presents three contemporary American plays in rotation over a two-week period, all of which are directed by senior Theatre students:

  • The Burial at Thebes: A new version of Sophocles’ Antigone by poet Seamus Heaney

    Thursday, April 23 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 26 at 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Friday, May 1 at 8 p.m.
    Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney explores the dangers of pride and absolute belief regardless of personal, political and moral consequences, especially in the eternal struggle between the individual and the state, between conscience and society and between divine law and human law. The New York Review of Books noted, “[Heaney’s] words not only mean what they say, they sound like their meaning.”

  • Bachelorette by Leslye Headland

    Friday, April 24 at 8 p.m.; Wednesday, April 29 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 2 at 2 & 8 p.m.
    Ten years out of high school, Regan, Gena and Katie convene in the luxurious bridal suite of their old friend, Becky, the night before her wedding in New York City. Their old fears, unfulfilled desires and deep bonds with each other transform a prenuptial bender into a night they’ll never forget. A comedy about female friendship and growing up in an age of excess. The New York Post wrote of Headland, “The talented young playwright displays a gift for incisive characterizations and sharp, comic dialogue.”

  • A Map of Virtue by Erin Courtney

    Saturday, April 25 at 2 & 8 p.m.; Thursday, April 30 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, May 3 at 2 p.m.
    A haunting romantic play with a mystery at its center, Erin Courtney’s A Map of Virtue is a spellbinding, symmetrical journey into the heart of darkness, guided by a bird statue. Part interview, part comedy, part middle-of-the-night-middle-of-the-forest horror story, it is surprising and unforgettable. A story about the present, the supernatural and the ways we try to understand evil. The play won an Obie Award in 2012 and was named a New York Times Critics’ Pick, and Courtney received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013.


Black Snow

by Keith Reddin
directed by Blake Hackler, Associate Professor of Theatre, SMU
Ocotber 1 – October 5, 2014
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.”

Top Girls

directed by Rhonda Blair, Professor of Theatre, SMU
Ocotber 22 – October 26, 2014
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 TalesThe Telegraph called it "splendidly funny and inventive, and, by the end, deeply moving, too."

Top Girls

Look Homeward, Angel

by Ketti Frings
Directed by Benard Cummings, Assistant Professor of Theatre, SMU
Dec. 3 – 7, 2014
Greer Garson Theatre - Owen Arts Center
Based on the autobiographical novel by Thomas Wolfe, this play won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1957. The coming-of-age story is set in Altamont, North Carolina, where Eugene Gant’s mother runs the Dixieland boarding house. Wolfe wrote, “Each of us is all the sums he has not counted: subtract us into nakedness and night again, and you shall see begin in Crete four thousand years ago the love that ended yesterday in Texas.”

Look Homeward, Angel

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