New Visions, New Voices: 2011’s new look at Meadows playwrights

playwrightsMeadows Theatre’s New Visions, New Voices spring playwriting festival has undergone a major retooling this year – the Spring 2011 lineup will feature seven plays written by theatre students, as opposed to the usual three.

This year’s features are all written by seniors majoring in playwriting. The plays, which will be performed as staged readings (and directed by a variety of theatre professional ranging from Meadows professors to members of the Kitchen Dog Theater) are as follows:

  • Lilimarlene, written by Meredith Alloway ’11
  • The Rough Beast, written by Joel Heinrich ’11
  • Meltdown, written by Nathaniel French ’11
  • The Happy Place, written by Audrey Gab ’11
  • Tissu, written by Micah Figueroa ’11
  • Ready To Start, written by Jessica Andrewartha ’11
  • How To Be Black, written by Nicholas Cains ’11

The plays will be shown through Friday, March 11, with performances at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. There will be no performances on Monday, March 7. All performances will take place in the Margo Jones Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

Ticket prices are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

A complete list of plays, casts and performances can be found after the jump.

(Clockwise from top center: playwriting majors Audrey Gab, Nathaniel French, Meredith Alloway, Nicholas Cains, Jessica Andrewartha, Joel Heinrich and Micah Figueroa.)

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Meadows and Kitchen Dog Theater reimagine ‘Titus Andronicus’

Joe Nemmers and Rukhmani Desai in 'Titus Andronicus'Kitchen Dog Theater (KDT) and SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts continue their artistic collaboration with the premiere of the latest KDT-Meadows Theatre co-production – a new adaptation of William Shakespeare’s bloodiest play.

Titus Andronicus will run April 17-May 16 at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC), 3120 McKinney Avenue, in Dallas.

The 2009 production, adapted by KDT Artistic Company Members Leah Spillman and Lee Trull, transposes the play from classical Rome to an ancient Mayan setting with its themes of revenge, justice and violence begetting violence intact. The play contains adult situations and graphic violence and is recommended for mature audiences.

“There is a strong sense in the play that Shakespeare was exploring the nature of a powerful empire. I felt that setting the story in the Mayan empire is appropriate when you consider the themes of this play set against the backdrop of this primitive yet complex civilization,” says director Christopher Carlos, KDT’s co-artistic director.

“The cycle of vengeance has existed across time, and no matter how civilized we appear to have grown, humans still revert to revenge to address their losses today. I think it is important for us to see the very human side of violence in order to confront it in ourselves and in our society.”

Six current SMU theatre students will perform in the play: Brigham Mosely (Lucius), Rukhmani Desai (Lavinia), Micah Figueroa (Chiron), Andres Ortiz (Demetrius), Robert Patrick Paterno (Alarbus) and David Gorena (Maritus).

In addition, the production team features SMU students Emily Bean (lighting design), Colby Peck (dramaturg) and Stephanie Slevin (set design). Meadows faculty members Bill Lengfelder (fight choreographer) and Jamal Mohammed (composer) also hold key production positions.

Opening night tickets are sold out. Tickets for remaining shows are $15-$25. Buy tickets online or visit the KDT website for more information.

(Above, Kitchen Dog Theater Artistic Company Member Joe Nemmers as Titus and SMU senior theatre major Rukhmani Desai as his daughter, Lavinia, in the KDT/Meadows co-production of Titus Andronicus. Photo by Matt Mrozek.)

Meadows-Kitchen Dog theatrical collaboration opens Nov. 16

Our Lady of 121st StreetThe Meadows Theatre Division collaborates with Dallas’ acclaimed Kitchen Dog Theater for Our Lady of 121st Street, running Nov. 16-Dec. 15 at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary (MAC), 3120 McKinney Avenue. The co-production is directed by KDT Co-Artistic Director Tina Parker (’91).

In this recent Off-Broadway hit, written by Stephen Adly Guirgis, a group of friends gather at a Harlem funeral home to mourn the death of a beloved nun from their childhood. As they confront old hurts and the harsh realities of grown-up life, a murder mystery and a few lives begin to unravel.

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