Friday, February 13, 2015

Theatre UNO Performs Melancholy Play: A Contemporary Farce

The University of New Orleans’ award-winning theater program Theatre UNO presents Melancholy Play: A Contemporary Farce by Sarah Ruhl. The whimsical play follows a bankteller named Tilly through an emotion-driven adventure.     

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Performances will take place in the Robert E. Nims Theatre in the UNO Performing Arts Center, and will run Tuesday, March 3 through Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. with a Sunday showing, March 8 at 2:30 p.m.


General Admission $12 / Students & Faculty $8

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Box office: 280-SHOW (7469) or

“In this play, the MacArthur Award-winning playwright explores, with her typical whimsy, questions of melancholy, love, and how we affect the emotions of others,” said Ross Nelson, UNO graduate assistant and playwright. “The surreal action of the play follows a bank teller named Tilly and the people around her who fall in love, turn into almonds, find a lost twin, and collect vials of tears.”

Melancholy Play: A Contemporary Farce is directed by J Hammons and features Hayden Guthrie, Tiffany Anderson, David Brown, Francisca “Franny” Harold, Levi Hood, and Monica McIntyre on cello.

This production also showcases the work of Anthonyka Ferdinand (Set Design), Mackensie Franco (Set Design), Diane Baas (Lighting Design), Tony French (Costume Design), and Ashley Flick (Stage Manager).

The Theatre UNO 2014-2015 season was designed to create "rigorous experiences for students and thoughtful drama for audiences," said David Hoover, department chair. It includes four plays - a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Shakespearian wonder, a contemporary farce and a French classic. 
In fall, Theatre UNO won high honors for their performance of high honors for their performance of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," written by Rajiv Joseph.
Later this month Theatre UNO will perform the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play at the regional festival of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, a year-long competition of university productions from all over the U.S. The performance was selected from among  58 participating productions in the region, Hoover said. Eighteen were held for consideration; six were invited. Theatre UNO's performance was one of two held from Louisiana and the only one from Louisiana invited. Theatre UNO will perform before an audience of one thousand, Hoover said. 

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