Meadows Theatre opens season with “The Overwhelming”

Matt Tallman and Erik Carter in 'The Overwhelming'Meadows Theatre opened its 2008-09 season with an exploration of the human tragedy of the 1994 Rwanda genocide. The Overwhelming runs through Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Margo Jones Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

The drama centers on American professor Jack Exley, who takes his family to Rwanda in 1994 to seek his college classmate, Joseph Gasana – a Tutsi doctor who treats children with AIDS. But once the family arrives, they are not only unable to find Joseph, they are unable to find anyone who will even admit to having known him. As the Exleys become drawn into the tension and terror building to the genocidal war, they face overwhelming risks, betrayals and life-and-death decisions.

Written by award-winning playwright J.T. Rogers, The Overwhelming had its world premiere at the National Theatre of Great Britain and its American premiere in fall 2007 at New York’s Roundabout Theatre Company. SMU is presenting the play’s first Dallas performance, directed by Stan Wojewodski, Distinguished Professor of Directing.

The production Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

(Right, M.F.A. candidate Matt Tallman as Jack Exley and junior Erik Carter as Samuel Mizinga, photographed by Linda Blase.)

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