Monday, January 23, 2017

Theatre UNO’s “The Aliens” Selected for Distinguished Festival Presentation

In a highly competitive process, Theatre UNO's production of "The Aliens" has been selected for presentation at a regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Fifty productions entered the competition, 16 were held for consideration and only four were selected for presentation at the festival, which takes place at Angelo State University in Texas from March 1-5, 2017.

The festival region includes Missouri, Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma. Theatre UNO, part of the University of New Orleans School of the Arts, will present the only invited production from Louisiana. Approximately 1,200 attendees are expected to see the production.

The drama in “The Aliens” 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. 

A free performance of “The Aliens” takes place Monday, Feb. 20th at 7:30 p.m. at UNO’s Nims Theatre.  Additionally, Theatre UNO will hold a fundraiser in conjunction with a performance of “Broadway Nights 2” on Saturday, Feb. 11. Visit for information on fundraiser event ticket packages.

Housed within UNO’s School of the Arts, the 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. 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. The University of New Orleans was recently recognized for offering the best college theatre program in the state of Louisiana. 

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) invites student and faculty participants to share experiences and insights within the community of theater artists through state, regional and national festivals. It operates as a year-round program in eight U.S. geographic regions. In January and February of each year, regional festivals showcase the finest of each region's entered productions and offer a wide range of activities, including workshops, symposia, and regional-level scholarship and award programs.