MTC Explores Religious Conflict in ‘Heaven’

Familiar themes of religion and conflict propel “As It Is in Heaven,” a new play by The University of Texas at Arlington’s Maverick Theatre Company.

The play, written by Arlene Hutton and directed by Assistant Professor Anne Healy, runs Nov. 15-24 in the Studio Theatre in the Fine Arts Building.

“Heaven” looks at the lives of nine Shaker women as they struggle to maintain balance in their day-to-day life as members of the United Society of Believers in the Second Coming of Christ. A vision of angels sets the Shaker village of Pleasant Hill, Ky., spinning when a newcomer to the religious community claims to receive special “gifts” from above.

The cast includes Theatre Arts majors Ashley Clyde, Emily Burgardt, Molly Pope, Rachel Glass, Kristina Broadway, Anna-Marie Boyd, Samantha Fields, Stephanie Olivas and Chasity Willis. Kathryn Graham is the understudy.

Production credits include: scenic design by DJ Badon, costume design by Kris O’Brien, lighting design by Austin Brown, sound design by Christopher Jared Land and makeup design by Joe Kongevick. Eric Smith serves as Stage Manager.

“Heaven” show times at 8 p.m. Nov. 15-16 and Nov. 21-23 and at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 24. Tickets are $10 for general public, and $7 for senior citizens, students, and UT Arlington faculty and staff.

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

Emily Burgardt, left, and Samantha Fields are part of the cast for "As It Is in Heaven," a new production from Maverick Theatre Company that opens Nov. 15. (Photo contributed)
Emily Burgardt, left, and Samantha Fields are part of the cast for “As It Is in Heaven,” a new production from Maverick Theatre Company that opens Nov. 15. (Photo contributed)

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