Theatre UNO Presents a Season to Challenge the Mind

The University of New Orleans Theatre Department announces its 2014-2015 season.

Four plays - a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Shakespearian wonder, a contemporary farce and a French classic - were carefully selected for this season, with a goal of creating rigorous experiences for students and thoughtful drama for audiences. The award-winning UNO Department of Film and Theatre is a proud member of National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), founded in 1965 to establish national standards for undergraduate and graduate programs in Theatre and Film, and boasts the only NAST-accredited program in the New Orleans metropolitan area.

Theatre UNO is a regular winner at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, an elite year-long competition of university productions from all over the nation, and the University's theater department has produced the highest number of graduates nominated for the city's esteemed Big Easy Entertainment Awards.  

October

The season opens with Rajiv Joseph's Tony Award-winning play, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, directed by David W. Hoover. This 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist depicts the lives of two American Marines and an Iraqi translator after the marines encounter and kill the eponymous tiger.

As the tiger navigates the afterlife, the humans try to make sense of the horrors that confront them in the war-torn Iraqi capital. This play runs from Oct. 2-12, 2014 in the Robert E. Nims Theatre. Because of the mature language and themes, no one under 17 will be admitted.

November

In November, guest director Jim Winter helms Shakepeare's Hamlet. Considered by most to be Shakespeare's finest play, Hamlet struggles to reconcile the desire to avenge his father's murder while being true to himself and his princely status. Though written in the 16th century, the play's language and tragic conclusion resonate still. Winter brings an innovative approach to this classic of world literature. Hamlet opens Nov. 13 and runs through Nov. 24, 2014 in the Nims Theatre.

March

In 2015, Theatre UNO presents Sarah Ruhl's contemporary farce, Melancholy Play, directed by J Hammons. Ruhl, whose whimsical touch has been on display in works such as Euridyce and Dead Man's Cell Phone, has created a lead character (Tilly) whose melancholy is so exquisite that it affects everyone around her in strange ways. When her hairdresser turns into an almond, Tilly is forced to take action. Reviewers have called Melancholy Play a "gentle misery-loves-company fable of high wit." Melancholy Play runs March 3-8, 2015 in the Robert E. Nims Theatre.

April

Director David W. Hoover brings the season to a close with another classic play, The Misanthrope by Molière. In this wickedly funny comedy of manners, the cynical Alceste falls in love with the flirtatious Célimène. However, in order to woo her, he must remain in the court, which he regards as frivolous, hypocritical and false. Find out if our hero can both win the lady and maintain his integrity in this satire of high society. The Misanthrope will be performed in the Nims Theatre April 16-26, 2015.

All Theatre UNO plays this season are presented with evening showings at 7:30 p.m. and matinees at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com or at the Performing Arts Center box office beginning one hour before each show. You can contact the box office at (504) 280-SHOW (7469) or show@uno.edu for additional information.

 

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Friday, Sept. 26, 2014

 

Theatre UNO performs Rajiv Joseph's Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad ZooTheatre UNO performs Rajiv Joseph's Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo next week in the Robert E. Nims Theatre.

 

Join us!

Theatre UNO has chosen four challenging plays for the 2014-2015 season. Don't miss out on an opportunity to see the world's finest works played out on our home stage.

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Oct. 2-12, Robert E. Nims Theatre.

Hamlet, Nov. 13-24, Robert E. Nims Theatre.

Melancholy Play, March 3-8, Robert E. Nims Theatre.

The Misanthrope, April 16-26, Robert E. Nims Theatre.

All Theatre UNO plays this season are presented with evening showings at 7:30 p.m. and matinees at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com or at the Performing Arts Center box office beginning one hour before each show.

You can contact the box office at (504) 280-SHOW (7469) or show@uno.edu for additional information.