Drama, Song & Laughs Abound in 2014 MavPlays

Featured actors from MavPlays 2014 include (from left, back row) Joseph Lee, Emmaric Zipper and Andrew Beckman; (from left, second row) Chelsea Hollenback, Brandon Bradley and Samantha Fields; and (front) Joshua Nash. (Photo contributed)
Featured actors from MavPlays 2014 include (from left, back row) Joseph Lee, Emmaric Zipper and Andrew Beckman; (from left, second row) Chelsea Hollenback, Brandon Bradley and Samantha Fields; and (front) Joshua Nash. (Photo contributed)

In April, The University of Texas at Arlington’s Maverick Theatre Company presents its annual stage festival, MavPlays 2014.

This year’s festival features a Pulitzer Prize winning author, edgy new talent, and emerging artists with tremendous artistic vision, organizers said. The program includes two one-act plays in the MainStage Theatre – including a new offering by Senior Lecture Natalie Gaupp, the department’s playwright-in-residence – and four short plays in the Studio Theatre, many written and directed by theatre arts majors.

The Reader’s Series will feature songs and excerpts from a toe-tapping new musical in development, “A Morning in Manhattan,” by Theatre Arts senior Gabriel Beiseigel, with music by Associate Professor George Chave (Department of Music). “Home Free!” by American playwright Lanford Wilson will be staged during the festival’s new Lunch Box Matinee.

MavPlays 2014 is presented in three separate venues in the Fine Arts Building. Performances are April 15- 27.

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.

A complete schedule of times and shows is listed below:

MainStage Series – April 16, 18, 24 and 26 at 8 p.m.
UTA MainStage Theatre, Fine Arts Bldg., Room 174

  • No Lifeguard on Duty – “Prim, proper, perfectionist Jane experiences a nervous breakdown when she is unable to maintain her nit-picking standards. Jane’s hard partyin’ twin brother, Dwayne, reaches out to his sis — but will Jane allow this wild and crazy guy to help her past the tough times?”
  • Gruesome Playground Injuries – “Doug is a relentless spaz. Kayleen is relentlessly unhappy. Over the course of 30 years, the lives of Doug and Kayleen intersect at the most bizarre intervals, leading the two childhood friends to compare the scars and physical calamities that keep drawing them together in this lively, dark comedy.”

Studio Series – April 17, 19 and 25 at 8 p.m. & April 27 at 2:30 p.m.
UTA Studio Theatre, Fine Arts Bldg., Room 137

  • Absent Minded – “What’s real? What’s make-believe? No one really knows when it comes to Walt and his world…but perhaps what’s most important is what dwells in his heart.” By Theatre Arts senior Joshua Eguia.
  • Waiting for Forty – “Friends from the good ol’ glory days of high school meet up once again to see if the promise they made to each other ages ago has been remembered — or (perhaps hopefully!) long forgotten.” By Theatre Arts senior Matthew Keller.
  • Kingdom of the Spider – “It’s just a regular day for Bob… until he discovers a talking black widow spider about to give birth on his front porch. Hilarity ensues as the spider, and a door-to-door evangelist, both vie for Bob’s attention.”
  • Leaving Tampa – “After his father’s funeral, Roy and his lover, Marc, sit in an airport restaurant. At another table sits the ghost of Roy’s abusive father, whom only Roy can see. The ensuing and overlapping conversations are emotionally riveting, and result in a resolution that is totally unexpected.”

Reader’s Series – April 15 and 22 at 8 p.m.
UTA Studio Theatre, Fine Arts Bldg., Room 137

  • A Morning in Manhattan – “This new musical in development features a lively comic script by Theatre Arts’ senior Gabriel Beiseigel, and a terrific, toe-tapping musical score by Department of Music’s Associate Professor George Chave. The best scenes and songs will be spotlighted from this new work-in-progress–which is all about dreams, hopes, desires… and the wonderment of a perfect morning in Manhattan!”

Lunch Box Matinee – April 16, 18, 23 and 25 at noon
UTA Fine Arts Building, Stage 143

  • Home Free! – “An edgy, far-from-mainstream look at the imaginary world a brother and sister, Lawrence and Joanna, create for themselves. One of the earliest, and most provocative, works authored by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Lanford Wilson.”

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