University of Evansville Theatre Announces 2019-2020 Season

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The University of Evansville Theatre announces six productions for the 2019-2020 season. Newly hired as an Assistant Professor of Acting, Amelia McClain makes her directing debut at the University of Evansville with SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS, in the May Studio Theatre, Sept. 20 through 26. SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS, by Drama Desk Award-winning writer Bess Wohl, was a 2016 off-Broadway hit and New York Times Critic's Pick.

Tlaloc Rivas, a New York City-based theatre artist, guest directs THE THREE MUSKETEERS, in Shanklin Theatre, Oct. 18 through 27. Inspired by the novel of Alexandre Dumas, this new play by Megan Monaghan Rivas is set in 17th century France, but reimagined in a
world where women and men are equally empowered.

Blake Ware, a senior theatre performance major from Evansville, Ind., directs LONE STAR SPIRITS, in the May Studio Theatre, Nov. 18 through 24. The New York Times called it, "Another spunky, funny work by Josh Tobiessen."

The spring season begins with the musical VIOLET, music by the Tony Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori, lyrics and book by Brian Crawley, and based on "The Ugliest Pilgrim," by Doris Betts. Slated to be directed by Resident Director Wes Grantom and music directed by Adjunct Instructor Dana Taylor, this musical originally premiered Off-Broadway in 1997 and won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical and the revised version made its Broadway debut in 2014 and received a Tony Award nomination for Best Revival of a Musical. VIOLET runs in Shanklin Theatre, Feb. 21 through Mar. 1.

Blake Elliott, a senior stage management major from Cypress, Texas, directs COLUMBINUS, created by the United States Theatre Project and written by Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli, in the May Studio Theatre, Mar. 23 through 29. Peter Marks of The Washington Post called this play, "An ambitious examination of the suburbanization of evil."

McClain takes helm of the final production of the season, Anton Chekhov's THE SEAGULL, in Shanklin Theatre, April 17 through 26. Adapted by Tom Stoppard, the Academy Award winning writer of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, his version of THE SEAGULL remains faithful to the humor Chekhov intended to convey amid all the pathos.

Subscription tickets for the three-play Shanklin Theatre series are available for $46 adult and $40 for senior adults, UE employees, and any student. Patrons can also purchase a three-play May Studio Theatre subscription for $25. Subscriptions may be purchased by calling 812.488.2747.

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