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The University of Toledo Department of Theatre & Film 2013-2014 Season will feature four plays and two guest filmmaker screenings. The film screenings are free and the filmmakers will be available afterwards to discuss their work.
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 below for details. Also join us after every OPENING NIGHT performance for a Talkback discussion.
PLAY: OUT TO LUNCH
Evening Performances: November 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday: November 17 & 24 @ 2 p.m.
Weekday Matinees: Tuesday/Wednesday, November 19 & 20 | 9:30 a.m.*
Written by Joseph Langham and directed by Edmund B. Lingan
An outrageous farce that finds two internet-addicted losers camped out in a restaurant. The entire thrust of the story involves the efforts of the restaurant staff to convince the two “campers” to stop drinking coffee and leave. The play is a high speed, knockabout farce.
*Content Note: Contains comic violence and brief nudity.
On the surface, this play is a ludicrous, madcap romp of a farce that tells the story of two "camper" customers in a restaurant who just refuse to leave, and the hopeless efforts of the restaurant faculty to drive them away. The play is loaded with physical comedy, comic song, and crazy dance. It is set in a vividly-colored, cartoonish world, in which some people have plastic hair, the restaurant manager longs to dance the ballet, and the waitress threatens to kill her annoying customers with a butter knife.
The University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film presentation of Joseph Langham's "Out to Lunch" will be directed by Edmund Lingan, associate professor of theatre and the interim chair of the UT Department of Theatre and Film. Lingan, who performed one of the lead roles in the extended New York run of this play, has reasons to return to this play as a director at UT.
He says there is more to this play than its farcical surface, given that it opened in New York City less than a year after September 11, 2001. Lingan says, "For all its comic elements, the play takes a concerned look at the madness and violence that seemed to impose itself on the U.S. around that time. With a brief moment of comic nudity and a ludicrous depiction of violence, 'Out to Lunch' ponders the obsession with Internet porn, the distance between human beings that sometimes results from and feeds into cyber-communication, and the harsh motivations behind mass murder. It's a screwball comedy written from the standpoint of a playwright who was freshly jaded by unprecedented violence. Nevertheless, 'Out to Lunch' does not fail to delight, invoke snickers, and induce belly laughs. That paradox is what made me want to direct it. And that paradox is what will please and entertain Toledo audiences."
(Two political satires written by Polish-born playwright, Slawomir Mrozek, will be presented back to back in performance.)
October 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sundays: October 13 & 20 @ 2 p.m.
Written by Slawomir Mrozek, Translation by Lola Gruenthal (Strip Tease) and by Jacek
Laskowski (Fox Hunt)
Directed by Cornel Gabara
FOX HUNT - A richly allusive political parable about the shifting tides of power and the fate of those caught in the crosscurrents. In the new egalitarian regime, all the people -- an not simply kings and nobles -- have the right to hunt. In fact, every one is required to go hunting, even Uncle, a sick old man in a wheelchair who does not know how to shoot and would prefer to stay home. The result of such "democratic" hunting on a mass scale is that there are no more wild animals left in the forest, except for one last fox desperately trying to save his hide. (PLAYSERVICE.NET)
STRIP TEASE - Two men - an intellectual and an activist - are imprisoned in a room, but by whom they do not know. As each tries to preserve his free will, the intellectual prefers inaction, while the activist gears up for protest, at whatever risk. Eventually the men are force to strip, each having to rationalize submission in his own way. (SAMUEL FRENCH)
FILM SCREENING: Laura Colella
(Film to be shown: Breakfast with Curtis)
Friday, September 13, 2013
ABOUT LAURA COLELLA
Laura Colella is the Writer/Director/Editor for Tax Day and for Stay Until Tomorrow. With the latter project, she was a Sundance Institute Directing and Screenwriting Fellow. For the film’s production, Sundance arranged for extensive donations of equipment and services. Stay Until Tomorrow has been screened at over thirty festivals and venues internationally, winning five awards. Laura's first feature Tax Day and her short film Statuary have also extensively toured festivals and venues internationally, winning a total of 13 awards. Passion River Films is distributing both the Stay Until Tomorrow and Tax Day/Statuary DVDs.
Laura is a graduate of Harvard College, and two films she made as an undergraduate also played at over a dozen festivals, winning a handful of awards. Laura has received grants and fellowships from the LEF Foundation, the Sundance Institute, the New England Foundation for the Arts, Harvard University, the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. She teaches Film Production and Directing part-time at the Rhode Island School of Design, and does freelance film/video work. Her current projects are a new narrative feature project and a half-hour music video in collaboration with composer Alec K. Redfearn.
Friday, January 17, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in PA1039
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Jo Dery is an interdisciplinary artist who experiments with storytelling. Her works include short films/videos, drawings, prints, illustration, installation, and artist/small-press book publications. Her films and videos have screened at festivals nationally and internationally, including at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. She has been awarded grants for her film/video work from the LEF Foundation, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and The Free History Project. She has exhibited her drawings and prints in Providence, New York, San Francisco, Portland, and Los Angeles. Her books can be found in independent stores like Ada Books (Providence), Quimby's (Chicago) and Little Otsu (San Fransisco). She holds a BFA in Film/Animation/Video from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. She is currently Assistant Professor of Animation, Graphics / Animation at the DePaul College of Computing and Digital Media's School of Cinema and Interactive Media.
Evening Performances: April 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 & 19 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday: April 6 & 13 @ 2 p.m. (No performance April 20 - Easter Sunday)
Weekday Matinees: April 8 & 9 | 9:30 a.m.*
Book by Joe Masteroff, Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Directed by Irene Alby
The scene is a nightclub in Berlin, as the 1920's are drawing to a close. The Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience to the show and assures them that, whatever their troubles, they will forget them at the Cabaret. His songs provide wry commentary throughout the show. On the train to Berlin we find Cliff, a young American writer, and Ernst, a German who surprises Cliff by putting his briefcase among Cliff's luggage at the German border. History is in the process of being made. Musical numbers include It Couldn't Please Me More, Willkommen, Cabaret, Don't Tell Mama and Two Ladies. (TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY)
Weekday daytime matinee performances are available for two of the plays presented this season (Out to Lunch - November, and Cabaret - April. See the shows above for applicable dates). These matinee performances are only available to community groups and school groups. Individual tickets are not available for these shows. Contact Angela Riddel to register your group today. Call 419-530-2452 or email TheArts@utoledo.edu.
TICKETS to matinee performances of OUT TO LUNCH are $7 each. RSVP for your group by October 15, 2013 and each ticket is $5 each!
TICKETS to matinee performances of CABARET are $10 each. RSVP for your group by February 7, 2014 and each ticket is $7 each!
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. The 2013-2014 Season offers two productions that feature matinee performances for schools—one in the fall and one in the spring. Each performance is suitable for high school age students. If there are any questions or concerns about content please contact Angela Riddel for clarification.
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 Angela Riddel for clarification.
PARKING Parking is free. Arrangements can be made at the time of reservation and adjusted if needed prior to the performance.