Erik Carter

Meadows Theatre season opens with three repertory shows

rehearsal-photo-chat-room-2009-300.jpgThree contemporary plays will open the 2009-10 season of the Division of Theatre in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. The shows will open consecutively beginning Oct. 8 and will run through Oct. 18 in the Margo Jones Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

The first show, Betrayed by George Packer, opens Oct. 8. Packer, a writer for The New Yorker and author of The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq, based his play about Iraqi translators working for the Americans in Baghdad on his experiences as a reporter there. Betrayed portrays the real-life struggles of Iraqi citizens who offered their services to support the U.S. mission, only to be denied protection by the American government they served as the country splintered among insurgent groups. Stan Wojewodski Jr. directs.

Opening Oct. 9 is Chat Room, a one-act by contemporary Irish playwright Enda Walsh. The drama focuses on a bullied, depressed teenage boy looking for connections in Internet chatrooms, where he finds two anonymous “advisors” who make it their mission to drive him to suicide. Regina Bonifasi directs.

Pure Confidence by Carlyle Brown opens Oct. 10. This comedy-drama, based on historical characters, tells the story of Civil War-era jockey and slave Simon Cato, who uses his determination, wit and athletic skill to chart his own course to freedom. Erik Carter directs.

Tickets for each show are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. Find a complete performance schedule, and buy tickets online, at the Meadows Division of Theatre homepage.

Above, sophomore theatre majors Katherine Bourne and Joel Heinrich (at right in photo) with junior theatre major McLean Krieger (center) in Chat Room by Enda Walsh, directed by Regina Bonifasi. Photo by Linda Blase.

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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