Theatre UNO, the theatre production arm of the University of New Orleans Department of Film and Theatre, continues its 2016-17 performance season with “The Aliens,” which runs from Nov. 10-20, 2016 at the UNO Performing Arts Center Lab Theatre. The drama centers around a high school dropout and a college dropout loitering behind a Vermont coffee shop as they decide to teach the shop’s barista everything they know using their music and some Bukowski-inspired prose.
Written by Annie Baker, “The Aliens” is the winner of the 2010 Obie Award for best new American play. Graduate student Kristin Shoffner serves as director with stage management by undergraduate Jowhara Thompson. The cast features Austin Krieger, a sophomore enrolled in UNO’s film program, as Jasper; Cooper Bucha, a senior in UNO’s theatre program, as KJ; and Ryan Decker, a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in performance, as Evan. Faculty on the production team include costume designer Tony French, scenic designer Kevin Griffith and lighting designer/technical director Diane K. Baas.
“Through the small details and telling asides we learn the fundamentals of this friendship, founded on a mutual sense of generalized alienation. At the risk of appearing hyperbolic, I’ll go so far as to say there is something distinctly Chekhovian in the way (Baker’s) writing accrues weight and meaning simply through compassionate, truthful observation,” said New York Times reviewer Charles Isherwood writing about the 2010 off-Broadway production.
Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, with a matinee at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20. (There is no performance on Sunday, Nov. 13.) Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for students, seniors, and UNO faculty and staff. Tickets may be purchased online or at the UNO Performing Arts Center box office beginning one hour before performances. For more information, visit theatre.uno.edu. The production contains some adult content and language.
The UNO Department of Film and Theatre is an accredited member of National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), which establishes national standards for related undergraduate and graduate programs. UNO offers the only accredited program of its kind in the New Orleans metropolitan area. Theatre UNO is one of the oldest programs at the University, housed since the 1970s at UNO’s Lakefront campus in the Performing Arts Center. Its award-winning plays have been recognized nationally by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and locally by the Big Easy Awards. The department fuses the artistic, technical and analytical dynamics of theatre and film in a collaborative environment, educating the next generation of professional storytellers to develop careers in film, theatre and allied fields.