Department of Theatre and Film

2019-2020 Theatre and Film Season

Prepare to be entertained! We have a great line-up of live theatre productions scheduled for the 2019-2020 UToledo Department of Theatre and Film Season - a new award-winning adaptation of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle in November, in February a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama from Annie Baker entitled The Flick, and in April, Anne Washburn's post-apocalyptic dark comedy, Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play. Rounding out the year will be the 2020 Student Filmmakers Showcase, May 2.

For ticket information about the plays, visit the Center for Performing Arts online Box Office. We also offer daytime matinee performances for school groups and community groups for some of the plays. See bottom of this page for details. Also join us after every OPENING NIGHT performance for a Talkback discussion. Free cookies and snacks!

If you want to audition for a play, visit our auditions web page for details!  

Live Theatre Productions!

 

24-HOUR PLAY FESTIVAL

September 7, 2019

The 24 Hour Play Festival is collaborative event that culminates in live performance. If you're interested in performing or participating, multiple teams work toward a common goal - creating a short, devised play to present. Every group member has the choice of being a playwright, director, or actor. You can even choose to do all three! There is also a technical side to the event, like any theatre production. So you can work there if you like. Each group will be given a random mix of props, a line, and a genre. Must be 18 years or older to participate. Participation is free and open to all UToledo students.

If you want to watch the plays, the performance is Saturday, September 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center Theatre of the UToledo Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are $10-$18 and are available at the door or in advance at utoledo.Tix.com

The Jungle

November 8-17, 2019

Adaptation of Upton Sinclair's novel written by Matt Foss, who will also direct the UToledo production

UToledo's Matt Foss, assistant professor of theatre, has brilliantly adapted for the stage Sinclair's shocking expose of the working conditions imposed on early 20th century immigrants employed in Chicago's meat packing industry. When it premiered in Chicago, Foss's adaptation received multiple Joseph Jefferson Award nominations for Best Production, Best Director and received the city’s top theatre prize for Best New Adaptation.  

Performance dates: November 8-10 and November 15-17. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday shows are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10-$18 and are available at the door or in advance at utoledo.Tix.com. This production will also feature a daytime matinee performance for schools and community groups on Wednesday, November 13 at 9:30 a.m. To reserve seats for the matinee performance, email Christopher.Montpetit@utoledo.edu. More information about matinee tickets is below.

THE Flick

February 7-16, 2020

Written by Annie Baker, directed by senior Theatre major, Justin Petty

The UToledo production of this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama follows three underpaid employees in a run-down movie theater who decide to attend one of the last 35mm film projections in the state.  A hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.  

Performance dates: February 7-9 and February 14-16. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday shows are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10-$18 and are available at the door or in advance at utoledo.Tix.comThis production will also feature daytime matinee performances for schools and community groups on February 11-12 at 9:30 a.m. To reserve seats for these matinee performances, email Christopher.Montpetit@utoledo.edu. More information about matinee tickets is below.

Mr. Burns - A Post-Electric Play

April 17-26, 2020

Written by Anne Washburn, featuring music by Michael Friedman, and directed by Holly Monsos

Washburn’s imaginative dark comedy propels us forward nearly a century, following a new civilization stumbling into its future. After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors share a campfire and begin to piece together the plot of "The Simpsons" episode "Cape Feare" entirely from memory. 7 years later, this and other snippets of pop culture (sitcom plots, commercials, jingles, and pop songs) have become the live entertainment of a post-apocalyptic society, sincerely trying to hold onto its past. 75 years later, these are the myths and legends from which new forms of performance are created.

A paean to live theater, and the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another.

Performance dates: April 17-19 and April 24-26. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday shows are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10-$18 and are available at the door or in advance at utoledo.Tix.comThis production will also feature daytime matinee performances for schools and community groups on April 21-22 at 9:30 a.m. To reserve seats for these matinee performances, email Christopher.Montpetit@utoledo.edu. More information about matinee tickets is below.


Film Events!

 

2020 Student Filmmakers Showcase

Saturday, May 2, 7:30 p.m.

Join us for our end-of-the-year red carpet celebration of our students' finest work in narrative, experimental film and animation! The films will be shown in the Center Theatre of the UToledo Center for Performing Arts. The event is followed by a free after-party with plenty of food, drink and a cash bar.

Tickets are $10-$18 and are available at the door or in advance at utoledo.Tix.com


Matinee Performances for Schools/Groups

Weekday daytime matinee performances are available for each of the plays presented this season (see the shows above for the applicable dates). These performances are only available to community groups and school groups. Individual tickets are not available for these shows. Contact Christopher Montpetit to register your group today. Call 419-530-4776 or email him at Christopher.Montpetit@utoledo.eduTickets to matinees are $10 each. Reserve your seats early. You can always adjust the number of attendees prior to the performance.  One payment for the group (either by check or credit card) is due by the date of the performance. 

SCHOOL GROUPS  If you are a teacher please consider bringing your students to see a play. A live performance can be a powerful way to augment the learning experiences you provide in the classroom. Matinees are conveniently scheduled at 9:30 a.m. and are usually less than two hours, allowing students to return to school in time for lunch or students can eat lunch at one of many locations on campus. After each performance we also bring out the cast and designers so your students can ask questions about how the play was presented and learn what goes into to putting on a live performance. This year's season offers three productions that feature matinee performances for schools—one in the fall and two in the spring. Each performance is suitable for high school age students. 

COMMUNITY GROUPS Looking for a great activity for your group that takes place during the day? Consider bringing your group to a weekday daytime matinee. These matinees are conveniently scheduled at 9:30 a.m., and most plays take about two hours. This allows your group time to get back before lunch or you can get lunch at any one of the eateries on or around the main campus area. After each performance we also bring out the cast and designers so your group can ask questions about how the play was presented and see what goes into to putting on a live performance. If there are any questions or concerns about content please contact me for clarification.

PARKING Parking arrangements must be made at the time of reservation. They can be adjusted if needed prior to the performance.

Last Updated: 10/30/19