Theatre UNO, the production arm of the University of New Orleans Department of Film and Theatre, opens its 2017-18 season on Friday, Sept. 29 with the Tony Award-winning musical “Urinetown” by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis. The play is produced in partnership with The NOLA Project, an ensemble-driven theatre company founded in 2005. Performances run through Oct. 14 at the UNO Performing Arts Center’s Nims Theatre. Show times are Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.
“It is a thrill to partner with The NOLA Project,” said David W. Hoover, professor and chair of the Department of Film and Theatre at UNO. “Urinetown is sure to highlight the great talents represented by current UNO students and alumni.”
A special “UNO Night” will be held Thursday, Sept. 28. For this preview performance only, tickets for current UNO students, faculty and staff are $10 with UNO ID and $15 for UNO alumni. Tickets for UNO Night must be purchased at the door on the night of the performance.
The action in “Urinetown” takes place during a water shortage in a dystopian metropolis. A 20-year drought has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets, forcing citizens to use public amenities that are owned and operated by a single malevolent company and its ruthless egomaniacal CEO. Hilarity ensues when a simple amenity worker plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom.
“Urinetown is an irreverent musical comedy – Mel Brooks meets Bertolt Brecht,” said A.J. Allegra, artistic director of The NOLA Project and the play’s director. “Unbridled corporate greed and the privatization of the most basic human right seems oddly compelling and dangerously timely.”
Ticket prices for the general public range from $30-$35 and are available through The NOLA Project’s box office.
The production is supported in part by a grant from the New Orleans Theatre Association (NOTA).
The University of New Orleans Department of Film and Theatre is a component of UNO’s School of the Arts. Committed to an interdisciplinary belief that film and theatre arts enrich one another, the department fuses the artistic, technical and analytical dynamics of theatre and film in a collaborative environment, educating the next generation of professional storytellers.
The NOLA Project is an ensemble-driven theatre company that strives to challenge, entertain, and engage diverse New Orleans audiences through high-quality and innovative performances of relevant great works, the development and production of new plays, and comprehensive educational opportunities for aspiring theatre artists.