‘Relativity’ Orbits College Experience

The cast of "The Theory of Relativity" poses for a publicity photo in the UTA Planetarium. The musical runs Oct. 7-11. (Photo contributed)
The cast of “The Theory of Relativity” poses for a publicity photo in the UTA Planetarium. The musical runs Oct. 7-11. (Photo contributed)

Human connection and the experiences of college students are highlighted in “The Theory of Relativity,” a contemporary musical produced by Maverick Theatre Company Oct. 7-11.

Directed by Assistant Professor Anne Healy, the musical was written based on interviews from Canadian university students after the Canadian Musical Theatre Project commissioned Broadway director/writer Brian Hill and composer/lyricist Neil Bartram to create a new musical. Healy saw the musical at Sheraton College in Toronto when it first opened, and knew the production and its message could find a home at The University of Texas at Arlington.

“When I saw it, I thought, ‘this is our students,’” she said. “It’s what I see and feel every single day working with our students.”

The “Relativity” cast includes: Paulie Cocke (Mira), Alexander Pope (Adam), Kelly Stewart (Catherine), Brian Boyce (Phillip), Tyler Carson (Mike), Marcos Villegas (Ryan), Bailey Venable (Caroline), Elizabeth Stevens (Julie), Alexandria Fazzari (Amy), Austin Bender (Paul), Hailee Draughon (Suzanne), Haley Boswell (Jenny), Tiffany Sellers (Sara), Arturo Martinez (Jon) Tyler Moore (Oliver), Kevin Dang (Anthony).

DJ Badon is scenic designer and Jared Land is lighting and sound designer. Elly Hunt is costumer. Whitley White-Body is stage manager and Megan Gates is assistant stage manager.

“Relativity” opens the Maverick Theatre Company’s 2015-2016 season. Performances are Oct. 7-10 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 11 at 2:30 p.m. on the Mainstage Theatre of the Fine Arts Building.

Following Saturday’s show, UTA physics professors Dora Elia Musielak and Zdzislaw Musielak will host a talkback, highlighting the 100-year anniversary of Albert Einstein’s famous general relativity theory.

Tickets are $12 for general public and $9 for students, senior citizens and UTA faculty and staff. For tickets, reservations, group rates or further information, contact the UTA Department of Theatre Arts box office at (817) 272-2669 or uta.edu/theatre.

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