Students, Faculty Present MAVPLAYS 2013

Featured actors in the MavPlays 2013 ensemble include (top row, from left) Bridie Marie Corbett, Eugene Chandler, Eric Smith, Joshua Eguia and Elly Hunt; (middle row, from left) Johnathan Crawford, Dr. Dennis Maher and Eliamaria Madrid Onofre; and (bottom row, from left) Kelly Stewart and Winston Daniels. (Photo contributed)
Featured actors in the MAVPLAYS 2013 ensemble include (top row, from left) Bridie Marie Corbett, Eugene Chandler, Eric Smith, Joshua Eguia and Elly Hunt; (middle row, from left) Johnathan Crawford, Dr. Dennis Maher and Eliamaria Madrid Onofre; and (bottom row, from left) Kelly Stewart and Winston Daniels. (Photo contributed)

Five one-act plays performed or written by Department of Theatre Arts students and faculty will be presented at MAVPLAYS 2013 on April 25-28 in the UT Arlington Studio Theatre.

The mini-festival is the final Maverick Theatre Company production of the 2012-13 season.

The show lineup for MAVPLAYS 2013, which replaces TheatreFest, includes:

  • “Skin,” a bewitching play about the mysterious Irish selkie legend, written by Theatre Arts major Hannah Kashmar;
  • “Stuff,” a series of breathtaking scenes exploring love, laughter and heartache co-written by Steven Alan McGaw and Dr. Natalie Gaupp, Theatre Arts’ Playwright-in-Residence;
  • “Romance,” a sexy, edgy comedy about relationships by Neil LaBute;
  • “The President’s Speech,” a contemporary psychological thriller by Theatre Arts major Andrew Beckman; and
  • “VHS Tapes & a Greyhound Bus,” an original work from Gaupp about unexpected sacrifices and featuring the acting talent of Dr. Dennis Maher (Associate Professor and Dramaturg).

Due to the language and content, organizers said, MAVPLAYS is recommended for adult audiences.

Theatre Arts majors included in the festival cast are junior Jehnna Alexander, senior Robert Bell, freshman Philippus Boshoff, sophomore Emily Burgardt, freshman Michael Carver-Simmons, senior Bridie Marie Corbett, junior Jonathan Crawford, senior Winston Daniels, senior Joshua Eguia, sophomore Chelsea Hollenbeck, sophomore Elly Hunt, senior Raul Luna, junior Eliamaria Madrid Onofre, senior Rosalinda Olivares, junior Eric Smith, and sophomore Kelly Stewart. Graduate student Eugene Chandler (School of Urban and Public Affairs) is also participating.

Directors for the shows include junior Lindsey Campbell (“Skin”), senior Wesley Farnsworth (“Romance”), junior Devon Mowrey (“The President’s Speech”) and Gaupp (“VHS Tapes”). McGaw, who is artistic director for the Fort Worth theatre troupe, SceneShop, will direct “Stuff.”

Performances are 8 p.m. April 25-27 and 2:30 p.m. April 28. Tickets are $10 for general public, and $7 for senior citizens, students, and UTA faculty and staff.

The Studio Theatre is located in the north section of the Fine Arts Building in Room 137.

For tickets/reservations, group rates, or further information, please contact the UTA Department of Theatre Arts Box Office at (817) 272-2669.

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