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Meadows Theatre presents In the Blood through Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017

In the Blood poster art 2017The SMU Meadows Theatre season begins with a new production of a Pulitzer Prize finalist that reimagines an American literary classic in a modern setting. Professor of Theatre Rhonda Blair directs Suzan-Lori Parks’ In the Blood , running through Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 in the Margo Jones Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

Parks conceived In the Blood as a retelling of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, with Hester as a single mother living in poverty with her five children. As she struggles to support them, she decides to seek help from their various fathers, with tragic consequences.

The playwright has won awards and honors including a MacArthur “Genius” Grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Tony Award; in 2002, she became the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for drama. In the Blood, which premiered in 1999, was a Pulitzer finalist.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday-Sunday. Tickets are $8 for SMU faculty, staff and students. Arrive early – there will be no late seating.

For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

> Buy tickets online from Vendini.com

Meadows Theatre presents New Visions, New Voices festival of student playwriting March 29-April 2, 2017

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SMU theatre students in rehearsal for New Visions, New Voices 2017. The festival of student playwriting features full-length works by graduating seniors in Meadows School of the Arts.

SMU theatre students put their best work forward during the Meadows School of the Arts’ 23rd annual New Visions, New Voices playwriting festival. Performances will take place March 29-April 2, 2017 in the Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

Produced by Associate Professor and Head of Theatre Studies Gretchen Smith, the festival features graduating theatre students each presenting a staged reading of one of their full-length plays .

Featured works and their showtimes include:

  • Black and White by Reece Graham, Wednesday, March 29, 8 p.m.
  • Nihilistsmas by Alec Petsche, Thursday, March 30, 8 p.m.
  • Bodies by Joanna Coogan, Friday, March 31, 8 p.m.
  • Bathtub Love by Marcus Pinon, Saturday, April 1, 2 p.m.
  • Casserole by Hunter McConnell, Saturday, April 1, 8 p.m.
  • Perambulatory: Preambleastory by Haley Nelson, Sunday, April 2, 2 p.m.

All performances are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Meadows Box Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

> Follow the action on social media with the #NVNV2017 hashtag

New Visions, New Voices 2016 showcases student work, alumni involvement March 30-April 3

Rehearsal for New Visions, New Voices new play festival at SMU 2016

Rehearsal for the 2016 New Visions, New Voices Play Festival

Now in its 22nd season, the New Visions, New Voices play writing festival brings the raw stories, language and characters of graduating SMU Meadows theatre students to the stage.

The full-length plays written by students are presented as staged readings, without costumes or sets. The students are partnered with either an alumnus or a Meadows faculty member who directs the student’s play and provides mentorship. Each performance is followed up with a discussion between the audience, playwright, director and actors.

All performances will take place in the Greer Garson Theatre at the Owens Art Center from March 30 to April 3, 2016.

Students involved in the production learn an invaluable set of skills while seeing their own writing come to life. “One of the most important things New Visions has helped me develop is creative discipline. If I wish to be a creative professional, I can’t just make things when inspiration strikes. I need to show up every day, and be there waiting for inspiration when it finally decides to show up,” says Jeremy Arata, whose piece will be showcased on Sunday, April 3.

Here is this year’s dynamic line-up:

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 – 8:00 p.m.Tough Love by Holly Settoon, Directed by Jacob Nice ’15

The play looks at the lives of three young people who meet in a teen detention center somewhere in the American heartland, all of whom are struggling to survive the boredom, emptiness and anarchy of their time in the system.

Thursday, March 31, 2016 – 8:00 p.m.: Filth by Isaac Young, Directed by Alia Tavakolian ’12

In a tiny Virginia town, a young woman struggles to keep the family farm afloat. But between the memories that haunt her and the introverted ways that make her unable to keep a job in town, she’s going to lose everything. That is, until a man needs her farm for his low-budget porn films – and offers to make her a star. Based on an unbelievable true story, the play is a tale of survival in the face of tragedy. Adult language and situations; not suitable for children and pre-teens.

Friday, April 1, 2016 – 8:00 p.m.: Finale by Dylan Guerra, Directed by Samantha Rios ’13

If they can survive the Dolphin Apocalypse, how bad can graduation be? When the seam of the universe opens, four best friends and one uninvited guest find themselves sucked into an alternate world on the eve of their college graduation. Secret loves are revealed, lies are uncovered, milkshakes are shaken and tickets to the Sunday Church Carnival are sold. Will they make it home in time to graduate, or will they become insignificant casualties in the bloody uprising by man’s favorite mammal? Adult language and substances.

Saturday, April 2, 2016 – 2:00 p.m.: Siren’s Song by Sasha Davis, Directed by Kristen Kelso ’14

Eager to escape the ghettos of Detroit, Wren studies to get into any college far away. When tragedy destroys her plans for a future with Thomas, she disappears into her grief for a decade, until awkward, funny Arthur drops into her life. The play considers the questions of lost love, new love, and self-love: which one is the hardest to accept?

Saturday, April 2, 2016 – 8:00 p.m.: Knew You by Laura Dupper, Directed by Jenna Hannum ’15

What is love? What makes it spark between one couple, and fade between another? In Knew You, James and Ellie ask the questions people have been asking for centuries. They fall in love as they interview friends and dissect classic romances for a school project. But as they fall out of love, will they find the answers they need or will love stay as elusive and enigmatic as ever?

Sunday, April 3, 2016 – 2:00 p.m.: Tiber by Jeremy Arata, Directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Sara Romersberger

At a minor way-station in space, seven strangers find themselves gathered on the 25th anniversary of the Ceasefire. Old wounds and new griefs arise as former enemies and feuding family members confront one another. When the life and communication systems fail, everyone’s lives are threatened. The group will have to pull together – but can they forgive to survive?

Tickets are free for each showing. For more information, call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Meadows Theatre showcases Brecht’s St. Joan of the Stockyards Feb. 24-28, 2016

This article was originally published Feb. 17, 2016.

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Photo by Kim Leeson

For its first play of 2016, Meadows Theatre will perform Bertolt Brecht’s St. Joan of the Stockyards. The play will run from Feb. 24-28 in the Margo Jones Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for SMU staff, faculty and students.

> Buy tickets online for the Meadows Theatre production of St. Joan of the Stockyards

The play features an innocent heroine, Joan Dark, who battles Pierpont Mauler, the owner of a meat-packing plant. This engaging and slightly dark drama is laced with humor as the story grapples with the theme of freedom from material exploitation. Throughout the play, individuals seek justice in a society driven by profits.

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Photo by Kim Leeson

This reworking of the martyrdom of Joan of Arc has been described by The New York Times as “…a good workout for the sense and soul.”

Meadows School of the Arts Assistant Professor Blake Hackler is directing. In Dallas, he is a company member at the Undermain Theatre and has also appeared with the Trinity Shakespeare Festival and Dallas Theatre Center. Currently, he is the acting coach for Lisa Lampanelli, who is working on a one-woman show.

For more information, call 214-768-2787.

Meadows Theatre presents Look Homeward, Angel Dec. 3-7, 2014

LHA 9344The Division of Theatre in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts mounts its final production of 2014 with Look Homeward, Angel, running Wednesday, Dec. 3 through Sunday, Dec. 5, in the Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

Based on the autobiographical novel by Thomas Wolfe, Look Homeward, Angel is an acclaimed 1957 adaptation by playwright Ketti Frings. Tracing the coming of age of Eugene Gant, the play is set in the small town of Altamont, North Carolina where Gant’s mother runs The Dixieland Boarding House.

The Meadows production is directed by Benard Cummings, professor of theatre in Meadows School of the Arts. Before returning to his alma mater to teach acting, Cummings performed in regional theaters across the country, as well as Off-Broadway and on episodic television. Additionally, Cummings has taught acting at SUNY-Purchase and Stella Adler/NYU, as well as the summer apprentice company at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

Tickets for faculty, staff and students are $7 and can be purchased online. For more information, call 214-768-2787. A full cast list can be found below.

Look Homeward, Angel

Dec. 3-5, 2014

Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center, SMU

LHA 9477Crew

  • Director – Benard Cummings
  • Scenic Director – Russell Parkman
  • Costume Designer – Amanda MacArthur (M.F.A. ’16)
  • Lighting Designer – Janet Berka (M.F.A. ’15)
  • Sound Designer – Jason Biggs
  • Vocal Coach – Anne Shilling
  • Movement Coach – Sara Romersberger
  • Music Compositions – Derrick Horne (MFA M.M. Composition, ’16)
  • Music Advisor – Pamela E. Pagels (Music Librarian, SMU Central University Libraries)
  • Stage Manager – Alejandra Flores (B.F.A. ’16)

Cast

  • Eliza Gant – Tiana Johnson (M.F.A. ’16)
  • LHA 9215W.O. Gant – Timothy Paul Brown (M.F.A. ’16)
  • Ben Gant – Kamen Casey (B.F.A. ’16)
  • Eugene Gant – Robert George (B.F.A. ’16)
  • Helen Gant Barton – Caitlin Galloway (B.F.A. ’15)
  • Hugh Barton – Jesse Karmazin (B.F.A. ’15)
  • Luke Grant – Nick Miller (B.F.A. ’16)
  • Laura James – Dagny Sanson (B.F.A. ’16)
  • Will Pentland – George Colligan (B.F.A. ’16)
  • Dr. Maguire – Taylor Harris (M.F.A. ’16)
  • Mrs. Marie Pert – Jenna Richanne (B.F.A. ’15)
  • Jake Clatt – Blake Rhett Murray (B.F.A. ’15)
  • Mrs. Clatt – Kathleen Bennett (B.F.A. ’15)
  • Madam Elizabeth – Andrea Flowers (B.F.A. ’15)
  • Miss Florry Mangle – Katy Tye (B.F.A. ’15)
  • Mrs. Snowden – Madeleine Boudreaux (B.F.A. ’16)
  • Mr. Farrell – Ian Hill (B.F.A. ’16)
  • Miss Brown – Joanna Coogan (B.F.A. ’17)
  • Tarkinton – Matthew Talton (B.F.A. ’16)

Meadows Theatre main stage season continues with Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls through Oct. 26, 2014

SMU Meadows Theatre production of Caryl Churchill's 'Top Girls,' October 2014, photo by Kim Leeson

SMU Meadows Theatre presents Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls, directed by Professor of Theatre Rhonda Blair, through Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. Photo credit: Kim Leeson

Meadows Theatre continues its 2014-15 season with a new production of Caryl Churchill’s 1982 reflection on what it means to be a successful woman, declared by arts writer Mark Ravenhill to be “the best play in 20 years.”

Top Girls, directed by Professor of Theatre Rhonda Blair, will run through Sunday, Oct. 26 in the Margo Jones Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, as there will be no late seating.

> Buy tickets to the Meadows Theatre production of Top Girls online

Set in early-1980s Great Britain (and influenced by Margaret Thatcher’s celebration of individualistic achievement), the story focuses on Marlene, the newly promoted managing director of the Top Girls employment agency. A tough career woman who has buried her own empathy in pursuit of success, Marlene habitually exploits other women to get ahead – including her sister Joyce, who is charged with tending to their family responsibilities alone. Through their opposing points of view, Churchill critically examines a model of women’s achievement built on attributes traditionally regarded as “masculine” and questions whether it is possible for women to enjoy success in both career and family life.

The play features a famous opening sequence in which Marlene meets notable women from history and myth, including Pope Joan, Victorian traveler Isabella Bird, 13th-century Japanese courtesan-turned-Buddhist-nun Lady Nijo, Patient Griselda from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, and Dull Gret, the harrower of hell from Flemish folklore. The play also explores the commonalities these historical women have with Marlene and her circle.

> Find behind-the-scenes photos from Top Girls at the SMU Meadows Theatre homepage

Meadows Theatre season opens with Black Snow Oct. 1-5, 2014

Black Snow 2For its first main stage production of 2014-15, Meadows Theatre presents Black Snow by Mikhail Bulgakov, adapted by Keith Reddin.

Often called the ultimate backstage novel, Black Snow displays the autobiographical and satirical components of Bulgakov’s experience with the Moscow Art Theatre. Based on Bulgakov’s relationship with famed director and inventor of Method acting Constantin Stainslavsky, Black Snow brings the writer’s struggle against censorship and autocrats to life through black comedy.

The Meadows production is directed by Blake Hackler, professor of theatre in Meadows School of the Arts.  As an actor, Blake has appeared in productions on and Off-Broadway, as well as in regional theaters throughout the country. As a teacher, Hackler currently holds faculty positions at Yale University and SMU.

Black Snow will run in the Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center, from Wednesday, Oct. 1 through Sunday, Oct. 5. Tickets are $7 for faculty, staff and students. A full cast and crew list can be found below.

Black Snow
Oct. 1-5, 2014
Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center, SMU

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  • Director – Blake Hackler
  • Scenic Designer – Darren Diggle (MFA ’16)
  • Costume Designer – Amanda Capshaw (MFA ’15)
  • Lighting Designer – Luther Frank (MFA ’15)
  • Sound Designer – Jason Biggs
  • Vocal Coach – Anne Schilling
  • Movement Coach – Sara Romersberger
  • Assistant Director – Jacob Lee Nice
  • Stage Manager – Jana Beeson (BFA ’14)

The Company:

  • Dylan Bare (BFA ’15)
  • Kieran Connolly*
  • Madeline Dockery-Fuhrmann (BFA ’15)
  • Jon Garrad (BFA ’15)
  • Danniel Gerchakov (BFA ’15)
  • Parker Gray (BFA ’16)
  • Dylan Guerra (BFA ’16)
  • Derek George (BFA ’15)
  • Taylor Harris (MFA ’16)
  • Justin Lemieux (MFA ’16)
  • Stephanie Machado (BFA ’15)
  • Brandon J. Murphy (MFA ’16)*
  • Seth Nelson (BFA ’16)
  • Kolby Tuck (BFA ’16)
  • Ally Van Deuren (BFA ’16)
  • Isaac Young (BFA ’16)

* Appears by special permission of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

Meadows Theatre presents three spring plays in ‘The Rep’ April 22-May 4, 2014

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Sasha Davis (B.F.A. ’16) and Susana Batres (M.F.A. ’14) in Marisol by José Rivera – one of three plays to be performed in repertory rotation by SMU Meadows Theatre in April and May 2014.

In a nod to repertory theatre, SMU Meadows Theatre will present three contemporary American plays – produced, directed and acted by students – on a two-week rotation from Tuesday, April 22 to Sunday, May 4, 2014.

The program, collectively called The Rep, will include the following individual productions. All will be performed in the Margo Jones Theatre, Owen Arts Center, and tickets are $5 for students and $7 for SMU faculty and staff. Visit the link at each play’s name to buy tickets online through Vendini:

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• The first production follows four friends in their late 30s as they experience love, loss, remorse and doubt. The confusion of the characters is executed with “wit and melancholy comedy” to create a play that explores middle age.

Middletown, Will Eno

• Play number two was inspired by Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. The inhabitants of Middletown are extremely candid with their deepest fears and secrets. The thought-provoking script examines the anxieties we face through vignettes exploring the beauty and horror of life.

Marisol, José Rivera

• The final play follows Marisol, living in New York City, and how a subway attack changes the course of her life. The work explores a parallel universe where social injustices are brought to light through a world revolution.

The schedule of performances:

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Find complete cast and crew lists under the link.

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SMU’s 2013 Gift Guide features something for Mustangs of all ages

Looking for holiday gifts that show your SMU spirit? Look no further than the University’s 2013 Gift Guide. From keepsakes to custom bicycles to a professional certificate course, these gifts are sure to bring a smile to any Mustang’s face this holiday season.

Written by Alyssa Eubank ’14

Show Some Centennial Spirit

  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - book SMU: Unbridled Vision is a must-have for a Mustang’s bookshelf or coffee table, cataloging the beautiful SMU campus with more than 160 pages of contemporary and historic photographs.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - brick Become a part of SMU history by dedicating a special paver for the SMU Centennial Promenade, or giving a paver as a gift.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - bicycle A customized, limited edition SMU centennial bicycle is perfect for students who want to show their SMU spirit while traveling across campus. Custom bikes are available from Villy Bikes and can be purchased online.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - Class Ring Fulfill a college tradition by giving the soon-to-be-graduate a class ring. This special edition ring has a centennial engraving only offered until 2015.
  SMU puzzle In honor of SMU’s 100th, this detailed puzzle highlights the Hilltop and all the new additions. Available at the SMU Barnes & Noble bookstore.

SMU Bookstore: In Store and Online

  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - ornamentSMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - ornament The SMU Bookstore has plenty of gift options for this holiday season such as SMU ornaments, key chains and decorative signs.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - Mustang Emblem  A must for any SMU Mustang’s car is a chrome plated car emblem. Perfect for any current student or alum, this gift shows off SMU pride even when stuck in traffic.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - tumbler The Tervis 24-oz Tumbler proudly displays the University logo in a great on-the-go cup. This double-wall insulated glass is shatterproof and comes with a lifetime guarantee.

Apparel for Every Mustang

  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - scarf For her, a Diane Dal Lago infinity scarf is the ideal winter accessory with sparkly red mustangs to really make a statement.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - shirt For him, this Cutter & Buck button-up shirt comes in three great SMU colors: Red for Wear Red Friday and game day, White for traditional White Out, and Blue for every other occasion.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - T-shirt For the younger Mustang fans, t-shirts and hats in youth sizes are perfect for game day and playtime.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - bodysuit For the smallest Mustang in your family, dress babies in this cute bodysuit.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - tablet cover For more Mustang apparel visit the Mustang Locker Room for gifts such as iPad covers, jackets and jerseys.

Bring Home an SMU Delicacy

  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - bread Mustang Bread is a melt-in-your-mouth delight available in traditional, herb or jalapeño cheddar flavors from SMU Catering. Order a loaf (or two!) for a holiday party or dinner, and give friends a treat.  Be sure to order at least three days in advance and a week before special holidays.
(Photo by Hillsman Jackson/SMU Photo, styled by Denise Gee, SMU Public Affairs)

The Gift of Learning

  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - continuing education Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE) offers the opportunity to give the gift of learning through its SMU Informal Course Gift Certificate which can be used on courses such as calligraphy, technology and digital photography. 

For the Ultimate Fan

  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - athletics tickets Know an extreme SMU sports fan? The Mustangs offer ticket packages for every SMU sport throughout the year.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - calendar The 2014 Vintage SMU Mustang Football Calendar reproduces classic game day program covers for SMU football fans’ offices or homes. Each month has a perforated edge for easy framing after use.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - dvd Order DVDs and photos of classic SMU games to relive the history and memory of Mustangs sports.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - Dedman Fitness Help your Mustang get healthy with a membership to the Dedman Fitness Center. The center offers special rates for alumni and community members.

For the Arts-lover

 

  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - entertainment tickets Performing Arts Season at Meadows School of the Arts is always a hot ticket. With packages ranging from six to 25 shows, a Meadows Season Subscription offers a variety of performances.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - Meadows Museum Meadows Museum offers memberships starting at $60 including special offers like invitations to exhibit openings, subscription to At the Meadows magazine, and priority seating at lectures. The Meadows Museum Gift Shop offers unique gifts, unusual jewelry and books that complement the museum’s permanent collections.

For the Book-lover

  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - book In Honor of the Mustangs: The Centennial History of SMU Athletics 1911-2010 gives an overview of the grand history of SMU’s athletic programs.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - Library Events Give invitations to University library events and book check-out privileges with a Friends of the SMU Libraries membership. Every membership includes invitations to all programs, a newsletter and an annual report.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - Civil War Photo Book For the Civil War buff, The Civil War in Photographs: New Perspectives from the Robin Stanford Collection showcases more than 200 rarely seen stereographs and photographs taken during the Civil War.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - book Give personal insight into SMU’s history with Marshall Terry’s book “From High on the Hilltop…” A former SMU professor and his colleagues catalog their long-standing relationships with SMU in a collection of essays.

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.

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