Meadows Theatre season closes with ‘Much Ado’

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Meadows Theatre season closes with ‘Much Ado’

Matt Tallman and Cheryl Lowber in the 2010 Meadows Theatre production of 'Much Ado About Nothing'Meadows Theatre closes its 2009-10 season with one of William Shakespeare’s most enduringly popular comedies. Much Ado About Nothing will run April 28-May 2 in the Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

Michael Connolly, associate professor and head of acting, directs the production.

The story revolves around a pair of lovers, Claudio and Hero, who are to be married in one week. Meanwhile, they conspire with Don Pedro, the prince of Aragon, to play matchmaker to two of their friends, Beatrice and Benedick. However, the prince’s illegitimate brother, Don John, driven by jealousy, is making plans to sabotage the coming wedding.

Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. Buy tickets online or contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

(Above, M.F.A. candidates Matt Tallman and Cheryl Lowber as Benedick and Beatrice in Meadows Theatre’s 2010 production of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Michael Connolly. Photo by Linda Blase.)

April 27, 2010|Calendar Highlights, News|

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.)

November 13, 2008|Calendar Highlights, News|

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.)

September 26, 2008|Calendar Highlights, News|

Meadows Theatre updates timeless satire for season finale

SMU students Matt Tallman, Clay Bunker and Emily Ernst in 'Tartuffe'Meadows Theatre ends its 2007-08 season with a timely update of a timeless classic. The Meadows production of Molière’s satire Tartuffe opens April 23 in the Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

Originally subtitled The Hypocrite and debuting in 1669 – 5 years after Molière completed his first version – Tartuffe tells the story of a con artist who wins the trust of a wealthy man by pretending to be a paragon of religious virtue. The Meadows version has been updated by 300 years, with the title character taking on the persona of a hippie guru.

Tartuffe would become the most popular and profitable of all Molière’s plays, but its tweaking of religious hypocrisy and the French upper class led to its suppression by both church and secular authorities. It has since become the most frequently performed play in the French language.

The production is directed by Michael Connolly, associate professor and head of acting in the Meadows Theatre Division. Tickets are $7 each for faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS). (Right, M.F.A. candidates Matt Tallman and Clay Bunker as Orgon and Tartuffe, with senior Emily Ernst as Elmire.)

April 21, 2008|Calendar Highlights, News|

Shakespearean comedy features creative collaboration

asyoulikeit-mackay-forsythe-200.jpgMeadows Theatre has teamed with Addison’s acclaimed WaterTower Theatre for a new production of William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy As You Like It, running Jan. 17-Feb 10 at the Theatre’s home in the Addison Conference and Theatre Centre, 15650 Addison Road. The production is directed by Terry Martin, artistic director of WaterTower Theatre.

SMU students participating in the production include seniors Lauren Hayden and Karoline Kuss and M.F.A. candidates Chad Daniel, Lydia Mackay, Olu Sonubi, Matt Tallman and Ariel Woodiwiss.

As You Like It celebrates the enduring power of love in all its many disguises. Considered one of Shakespeare’s most magical and romantic adventures, its treatment of issues such as political corruption, fraternal rivalry and melancholy serves as a counterpoints to Shakespeare’s exploration of how freedom from the constraints of court, city and even gender can bring about profound self-development. Learn more about the production at watertowertheatre.org; listen to a podcast featuring the actors at the WaterTower blog. (Left, SMU M.F.A. candidate Lydia Mackay and WaterTower actor Dan Forsythe. Photo by Mark Oristano.)

January 15, 2008|Calendar Highlights, News|
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