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“Master Harold”… and the boys

“Master Harold”… and the boys

By Athol Fugard
2011–2012 Season

2015-2016 Shanklin Theatre Season


By Mat Smart, a 2001 UE alumnus
Directed by guest artist Amy Attaway, a 2001 UE alumna

September 25, 26, October 1, 2, 3 at 7:30 p.m.
September 27, October 4 at 2:00 p.m.

“This really impressive new play succeeds partly because of its highly distinctive setting at the bottom of the world, partly because Mat Smart knows how to forge a metaphor about a community of needy misfits all running away from something, partly because it is penned with real wit and affection, and mostly because it brings together a collection of highly distinctive and lovable characters in whose fate we find ourselves strikingly invested.” – Chris Jones, The Chicago Tribune


Book by John August
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Directed by R. Scott Lank
Musical Direction by Gregory B. Rike
Choreography by Ricki Newman

November 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 at 7:30 p.m.
November 15, 22 at 2:00 p.m.

Based on the novel BIG FISH by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia Pictures Film
Set in the Deep South, this family-friendly, heart-warming, and fantastical musical is centered on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who possesses a strong desire to be a hero, both to himself and his son. His penchant for spinning tall tales and elaborate daydreams is solely to convince himself there is meaning and purpose to his ordinary life. This musical’s moving score honors the age-old art of storytelling, by invoking the sense that imagination can transform even the humblest man’s life story into an unforgettable epic adventure.


By Horton Foote
Directed by John David Lutz

February 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 7:30 p.m.
February 21, 28 at 2:00 p.m.

In one of nine plays comprising the prolific playwright’s The Orphans’ Home Cycle, Horton Foote once again masterfully mixes the bitter with the sweet and the sad with the comic, in his typically appealing manner. In 1909, Horace Robedaux boards a train bound for Houston to visit his mother and self-absorbed sister, only to find himself fighting a raging fever and at the mercy of an icy stepfather. Horace’s desperate longing to make a connection with these estranged kinsfolk is a vivid reminder of the lasting heartbreak that families endure to survive in life’s ever-changing landscape.


By William Shakespeare
Directed by R. Scott Lank

April 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at 7:30 p.m.
April 17, 24 at 2:00 p.m.

In The Tragedy of King Richard III, the title character is such a cunning royal reprobate so deformed in body and spirit that even his mother rues the day he was born. In chilling psychopathic fashion, Richard III horrifyingly explains and executes his plans to kill his way to the English throne. Even though he rules with a tyrant’s vengeance that is both backstabbing and bloody, he is such a mesmerizing villain that one dare not turn away.

2015-2016 May Studio Theatre Season


By Nikolai Gogal
Directed by Glyne Pease, a senior theatre performance major from Las Vegas, Nevada

October 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29 at 7:30 p.m.
October 25 at 2:00 p.m.

Considered to be one of Gogol’s best works, Marriage is a quick-witted play which examines the titular institution. Set on a cold afternoon in St. Petersburg, this satirical story follows the misdeeds of Podkoliosin, an indecisive bachelor, who is forced to wed before the day is out. However, he must first win the affections of Agafya, an anxious young bride seeking the perfect gentleman. Utter chaos ensues! This hysterical play probes the merits of marriage and questions the responsibility of such “holy” unions.


By Ralph Tropf
Directed by Brogan Lozano, a senior theatre performance major from San Antonio, Texas

March 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24 at 7:30 p.m.
March 20 at 2:00 p.m.

The mutability of memory takes center stage when an intern implicates a respected senator of sexual assault in this provocative legal drama. Her accusation triggers a political tornado that gathers an increasing number of bystanders into its path of destruction. Weaved from various points of view, this gripping narrative is deeply relevant to questions of power and justice that still exist in today’s society.