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Take the edge off of finals week with these SMUST-see shows

By Ally Van Deuren (B.F.A. Theatre, B.A. Journalism ’15)

Don’t miss these upcoming SMUST shows this weekend! SMUST (SMU Student Theatre) is a student-run organization at SMU where students are encouraged to present work to explore the realm of theatre. Regardless of major, any SMU student can perform in SMUST shows. The diverse lineup of shows both this and next weekend is the perfect opportunity for a study break from finals in the basement of Meadows.

What: A play by David Rabe
When: Dec. 7 at 8 p.m., Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.
Where: Margo Jones Theatre (Meadows School of the Arts)
Free Admission

In the Boom Boom Room, first performed in 1972, follows Chrissy, a high-spirited go-go dancer as she searches for sexual empowerment and identity in all the wrong places. As Chrissy looks to her loved ones for clarity and support, she must confront her darkest secrets and deepest desires. Come join Chrissy as she dances her way through the warped, psychedelic world that is the Boom Boom Room.

Directed by Jake Nice (B.F.A. Theatre ’15), the cast includes Kathleen Bennett (B.F.A. Theatre, B.A. Journalism ’15), Kaylyn Buckley (B.F.A. Theatre ’17), Dalton Fowler (B.F.A. Theatre ’17), Synthia Green (B.F.A. Theatre ’15), Dylan Guerra (B.F.A. Theatre ’16), Jesse Karmazin (B.F.A. Theatre ’15), Lily Manuel (B.F.A. Theatre ’17), Cameron Mills (B.F.A. Theatre ’16), Haley Nelson (B.F.A. Theatre ’17), Kaysy Ostrom (B.F.A. Theatre ’15), Holly Settoon (B.F.A. Theatre ’16), Braden Socia (B.F.A. Theatre ’17), and Trevor Wilson.

What: 30 plays in 1 hour
When: Dec 7-8, 2014 at 11 p.m.
Where: B450 (Meadows School of the Arts)
Free Admission

Modeled after Chicago’s Neo-Futurists, this off-the-wall production features 30 student-written short plays in one hour.

The team includes Leslie Ballart (B.F.A. Theatre ’17), Sasha Davis (B.F.A. Theatre ’16), Julianna Dellasanta (B.F.A. Theatre ’17), Dylan Guerra (B.F.A. Theatre ’16), Taylor Harris (M.F.A. Acting ’16), Rhett Blake Murray (B.F.A. Theatre ’15), Kaysy Ostrom (B.F.A. Theatre ’15), Mei Mei Pollitt (B.F.A. Theatre ’15), Ellen Smith (B.F.A. Art ’16), Tori Titmas (B.A. Film, B.B.A. Business ’15), and Ally Van Deuren (B.F.A. Theatre, B.A. Journalism ’15).

What: A play by Simon Stephens
When: Dec. 7 at 10 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 9 p.m. (preview performances/open dress rehearsals); Dec. 11-13 at 8 p.m. (performances)
Where: B150 (Meadows School of the Arts)
Free Admission

Paul and Johnny are rock stars at the height of success, surrounded by adoring fans and prolific fortune.  But what do you do once you've got what you wanted most? Where's home when the world is at your feet? Is it possible to be human when you're treated like a god? First performed at the Royal Court Theatre in London in April of this year, Birdland is a new play by Simon Stephens that tackles the topics of love, empathy, money and fame.

Directed by Jenna Richanne Hannum (B.F.A. Theatre ’15), the cast includes Andrea Flowers (B.F.A. Theatre ’15), Parker Gray (B.F.A. Theatre ’16), Stephanie Machado (B.F.A. Theatre ’15), Ryan-Patrick McLaughlin (B.F.A. Theatre ’15), Dagny Sanson-Stewart (B.F.A. Theatre ’16) and Jacob Stewart (B.F.A. Theatre ’14).

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