Meadows Theatre presents <em>The Seven</em> through Dec. 8, 2013

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Meadows Theatre presents The Seven through Dec. 8, 2013

'The Seven," a Meadows Theatre production of a play by Will PowerFor the final production of 2013, Meadows Theatre presents a spin on a classic Greek tragedy and makes it their own.

The Seven is a “highly modernized, hip-hop version” of Aeschylus’ Seven Against Thebes; the new work is the product of mastermind Will Power. Power is a Meadows Artist-in-Residence and a 2011 Meadows Prize winner who has been called “the best verse playwright in America” by New York Magazine.

The Seven features a combination of hip-hop, funk, gospel, blues and other influences, placing an emphasis on music and urban American experience. The work explores the ancient story of King Odeipus’ sons battling for control of the city of Thebes and is ultimately a comedy and tragedy.

Audience members can expect modern updates to the story including, “a DJ, standing at an ornate golden pedestal high above the stage, that spins records that represent Aeschylus’s voice and the voice of the chorus.” The Seven had a successful Off-Broadway run in New York and California before its debut at Meadows.

Tre Garrett, artistic director for Ft. Worth’s Jubilee Theatre, is directing the Meadows production. He commented on his directing experience, “Working with the SMU students has been an absolute treat, and the energy they bring to the stage is exciting.”

The Seven is a collaborative effort between Meadows and the SMU community. Meadows alumnus Jeffery Colangelo (B.FA. Theatre, ’13) choreographed a martial arts fight scene, grad student Amanda Capshaw (M.F.A. Theatre, ’15) designed the costumes, and undergraduate Steven Smith (B.F.A. Theatre, ’14) designed the stage setting.

This production is not the first time Power has worked on one of his own creations with Meadows. In 2011 he created and premiered Alice Underground. His work is known to “bridge the gap between the spoken word of hip-hop and traditional theatre,” and he has been recognized by major publications such as The New York Times: “Will Power is treading in new territory, experimenting with tools that are new to the theatre…what’s most impressive is that you can see clearly through the door it is opening to a storehouse of new possibilities.”

The Seven will run in the Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center, through Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 for faculty, staff and students. A full cast and crew list can be found below the cut.


December 5, 2013|Calendar Highlights, News|

Meadows Theatre presents The Rimers of Eldritch through March 3

Murder in a small town: We know who is responsible, but why?

SMU Meadows Theatre presents Lanford Wilson’s The Rimers of Eldritch as its first production of the Spring 2013 semester. The show will run through Sunday, March 3 in the Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

The drama is set in the mid-20th century in Eldritch, Missouri – a Bible Belt town frozen in time with a plummeting economy and population. The play exposes Eldritch’s small-town characteristics and flaws when a woman murders a local man.

Sometimes characterized as a murder mystery, the play forces audiences to explore the inside and outside of this small town and wonder if they, too, live in a similar place.

The play was first performed in 1966; author Wilson was raised in Missouri and went on to attend Southwest Missouri State College and San Diego State, which he left to move to Chicago. He received numerous recognitions throughout his lifetime including a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1980 and a Theater Hall of Fame membership in 2001.

Bernard Cummings, assistant professor in the Division of Theatre, is directing the Meadows production. Cummings is a graduate from the Yale School of Drama and has performed in venues ranging from off-Broadway to television. He has also had his own play writing produced across the nation and abroad.

Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. Performances begin at 8 p.m. through March 2 and at 2 p.m. on March 2-3. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

A full cast list is posted after the jump.


March 1, 2013|Calendar Highlights, Tune In|

Meadows Theatre presents Major Barbara through Dec. 2, 2012

For the final performance of the Fall 2012 semester, SMU Meadows Theatre presents George Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara.

The play, first performed in 1905, explores the family dynamics of the Undershafts and the very different values of each family member – especially in the relationship of Mr. Undershaft, an estranged father and successful military industrialist, and his daughter, Barbara, a major in the Salvation Army.

Major Barbara is directed by Stephen Fried and features a cast of SMU Meadows students plus Dallas actress Lynn Blackburn, best known for her recurring role in the NBC series “Friday Night Lights.”

Performances begin in the Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center, at 8 p.m. Nov. 28-Dec. 1 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 1-2. Tickets are $7 each for faculty, staff and students.

All photos by Linda Blase. Full cast list after the jump.


November 29, 2012|Calendar Highlights, News|
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