UTA Department of Theatre Arts announces upcoming 2016-2017 Season

Kim LaFontaine, Chair of the University of Texas at Arlington’s Department of Theatre Arts, announces the 2016-2017 Maverick Theatre Company Season.

Maverick Theatre Company is offering an exceptional selection of unforgettable theatre in its 2016-2017 season. This year, MTC is producing an original musical ensemble work; a comedic farce by Moliere, a sure-fire Broadway hit musical, and finishes the season with edgy contemporary works. The season leads with TROUPERS: A MUSICAL VAUDEVILLE a new musical by Anne Healy, followed by the comedic brilliance of Moliere’s THE MISER. The spring semester opens with the iconic WEST SIDE STORY, the unforgettable musical by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, and Arthur Laurents. Rounding out the season, Maverick Theatre Company continues to push theatrical boundaries by exploring fresh, new original works paired with proven contemporary pieces in MAVPLAYS 2017. And, don’t miss the stunning choreography of the MAVERICK DANCE COMPANY and the hilarious on-the-spot comedy performances of FLIGHT 12 COMEDY IMPROV TROUPE!

TROUPERS: A MUSICAL VAUDEVILLE Libretto by Anne Healy, Musical Arrangements by George Chave and Jeff Lankov

Circa 1900, TROUPERS takes you back to New York City and the time of Vaudeville – the stirring of America’s melting pot, the beginnings of “show business,” and the new sounds of Ragtime. Based on the actual stories, acts, and music of Vaudeville’s performers, you’ll experience a day in the life of some of the hardest working people in show business – the “Troupers”! Directed by Assistant Professor Dr. Anne Healy, Music Directed by Senior Lecturer Dr. Katherine Noone. TROUPERS is presented by the Department of Theatre Arts in conjunction with the Department of Music. Production dates: October 12, 13, 14, 15, at 8 pm, October 16 at 2:30 pm, 2016. Performances of TROUPERS are presented at UTA Mainstage Theatre at 502 S. Cooper Street, Fine Arts Building, North Section, Room 174. Tickets: $12 for General Public; $10 for Students/Senior Citizens/UTA Faculty & Staff. Tickets: utatickets.com

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THE MISER A Comedy by Moliere, translation by David Chambers

Harpagon, an aging hoarder, makes sure that his two children remain under his command, but love interests collide as scheming servants and hucksters angle for his wealth. This delirious modern translation of Moliere’s class French Comedy is filled with masterful comic plot twists and revelations, spiraling to a wildly comic finish. Directed by Professor and Associate Department Chair Andrew Christopher Gaupp and featuring Resident Faculty Actor: Joe Chapa. Production dates: November 16, 17, 18, 19, at 8 pm, November 20 at 2:30 pm, 2016. Performances of THE MISER are presented in the UTA Mainstage Theatre located at 502 S. Cooper Street, Fine Arts Building, North Section, Room 174.  Tickets: $10 for General Public; $8 for Students/Senior Citizens/UTA Faculty & Staff. Tickets: utatickets.com

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WEST SIDE STORY based on a conception of Jerome Robbins, book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy. Directed by Assistant Professor Dr. Anne Healy, Music Directed by Senior Lecturer Dr. Katherine Noone, Conducted by Professor Dr. Clifton Evans. WEST SIDE STORY is co-produced by the Department of Theatre Arts and the Department of Music. Production dates: March 1, 2, 3, and 4 at 8pm, March 5 at 2:30pm, 2017. Performances of WEST SIDE STORY are presented at UTA Mainstage Theatre at 502 S. Cooper Street, Fine Arts Building, North Section, Room 174.  Tickets: $12 for General Public; $10 for Students/Senior Citizens/UTA Faculty & Staff. Tickets: utatickets.com

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MAVPLAYS 2017 spotlights two student directed plays and a new work by one of our Playwrights-in-Residence during a repertory two-week run of performances. This year’s festival features the award-winning play SOME OF THESE DAYS written and directed by Dr. Natalie Gaupp. SOME OF THESE DAYS is set in Miami’s Art Deco District in the 1980s and centers on the characters Courtenay Dees and Jack Fornett, and two unresolved relationships from their days when Big Band music was king. Through a linear progression of scenes in the 1940s, staggered between scenes in the 1980s, the story of Courtenay’s music, racial inequality and unrequited love surfaces. Recollections of an era gone by and a one-on-one modern day meeting with Jack, combine to enable Courtenay to slowly cultivate a new knowledge of himself…a knowledge which braces him to move on from a place in which he once put his music. Performances for SOME OF THESE DAYS are April 13, 15, 21, and 23 at 8:00 p.m. ENDGAME by Samuel Beckett will be directed by Kevin Duran and Ashley Peaks. TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND was created by Greg Allen and will be directed by Fate Richey. Performances for ENDGAME and TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND are April 14, 20, and 22 at 8:00 p.m. MAVPLAYS 2017 is presented at 502 S. Cooper Street, Fine Arts Building, North Section, Studio Theatre, Room 137.  Tickets: $10 for General Public; $8 for Students/Senior Citizens/UTA Faculty & Staff. Tickets: utatickets.com

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FLIGHT 12 COMEDY IMPROV TROUPE

Full of oh-no-you-didn’t moments and steeped-in-fun, Maverick Theatre Company’s FLIGHT 12 IMPROV has a style that’s always outrageous and never stale! This 12-member troupe features students from UT-Arlington and is directed by Associate Professor Joe Chapa. FLIGHT 12 performances are Sept. 23 and 24 at 8:00 pm, 2016, and Feb. 3 and 4 at 8:00 pm, 2017 at 502 South Cooper, Fine Arts Bldg. North, Studio Theatre, Room 137. Tickets $5.00. Tickets: utatickets.com

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MAVERICK DANCE COMPANY

Maverick Dance Company presents VIA DANCE, a collection of progressive dance works by Artistic Director, Amanda Jackson, and Assistant Artistic Director, Meredith Knight, as well as guest and student choreographers. MDC offers thought-provoking and entertaining performances each semester at the UTA Mainstage Theatre. Please join us for the winter concert Dec. 9, 10 at 8:00 pm and Dec. 11 at 2:30, 2016. The spring semester concert will be May 5, 6 at 8:00 pm and May 7 at 2:30 pm, 2017. Maverick Dance Company will perform at the Mainstage Theatre, Room 174, Fine Arts Bldg. North. $8 for students w/ID, $10 general admission. Tickets: utatickets.com

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For inquiries regarding season ticket subscriptions, single tickets, group rates, or reservations, contact the Maverick Theatre Company Box Office at 817.272.2669.  General information: 817.272.2650.

 

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