Abbey Siegworth

Meadows Theatre-DTC collaboration held over through Feb. 22

'In the Beginning' production photoA collaboration between the Dallas Theater Center (DTC) and the Division of Theatre in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts brings to life a collection of 15th-century mystery plays based on the Book of Genesis that were among the first ever written in the English language.

Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and other Biblical characters are part of In the Beginning, which features Meadows Theatre students performing with Dallas Theater Center actors in a co-production directed by DTC Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty. The show’s original run has been extended, and performances are scheduled for Feb. 10-15 and Feb. 17-22, 2009.

In addition to playing the Biblical characters in text taken directly from the first 10 chapters of the Bible, the cast portrays real-life members of the Dallas community sharing insights into Genesis.

All performances are held in the DTC’s Kalita Humphreys Theatre, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. The show is performed without an intermission and contains partial nudity. Ticket prices are $16-$60; discounts for SMU faculty, staff and students are available. Purchase tickets online or, for the SMU discount, call the Dallas Theater Center at 214-522-8499.

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(Above, clockwise from left, Dallas actor Cedric Neal, senior Marcus Stimac and M.F.A. candidate Abbey Siegworth in the DTC production of In the Beginning. Photo by Brandon Thibodeaux.)

Meadows Theatre presents ‘Twelfth Night’ Nov. 19-23

SMU Meadows Theatre production of 'Twelfth Night'The Meadows Theatre 2008-09 season continues with a new production of one of William Shakespeare’s most popular works. Twelfth Night, directed by Associate Professor Michael Connolly, runs Nov. 19-23 in the Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

Written in 1601 and named for the Christmas season’s Twelfth Night holiday (also known as Epiphany), the play uses the story of shipwrecked twins and a sudden love triangle to explore issues of misguided passion and mistaken identity.

Twelfth Night “is one of the few Shakespearean plays never to have gone out of fashion and always to appear right for the present moment,” writes Connolly in his Director’s Notes. “Perhaps [its] enduring appeal … lies in the way in which the play encourages those who perform it and the audiences who come to see it to investigate personally and profoundly the space between those who love and the breath that separates ‘lips that love’ and life from death.”

Performances begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and at 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

(Left, M.F.A. candidates Sandy Deitz as Olivia, Matt Tallman as Orsino and Abbey Siegworth as Viola/Cesario. Photograph by Linda Blase.)