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About the 2011-2012 Season
The University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film’s 2011-2012 season, “Love Gone Wrong,” promises to be one of its most exciting seasons ever. UT will take its first production, Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” on the road to The Valentine Theatre in downtown Toledo. The next two productions, to be held on main campus, include Sophocles “King Oedipus” as translated by W.B. Yeats, and the thrice Tony nominated “In the Next Room” from Sarah Ruhl.
“Every production this season is a top-notch work. We are extremely pleased with the season we have to present. The directors are excited. The students are engaged,” says department chair, James Hill. “There is a special energy around this season especially because this will be our first season as a department within the new College of Visual and Performing Arts.”
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” one of William Shakespeare’s best-known comedies, will be directed by assistant professor of theatre, Cornel Gabara. Elaborate preparations for a royal wedding stir the hearts and minds of all in the Duke’s court, but Gabara adds that the story is really presented from the perspective of character Nick Bottom, a lowly court servant who sleeps and dreams of fairies, romantic intrigue and a reversal of his own misfortune. It is his hopes and dreams—and scheming—that bring the play to life.
All performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be held at The Valentine Theatre. The opening night performance will be Friday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a performance Saturday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday, November 6 performance will be at 2 p.m.
In addition, the University will also present two daytime matinees prior to the opening night performance for schools and groups at special discounted group rates. They will be held Thursday and Friday, November 3 and 4 at 9:30 a.m. Groups must reserve seats in advance. Please call Angela at 419.530.2452 or email TheArts@utoledo.edu.
“King Oedipus,” the classic Greek tragedy from Sophocles, will be directed by assistant professor of theatre, Edmund B. Lingan. Oedipus is a tortured man who unwittingly fulfills an oracle’s prophecy that he would kill his father and marry his mother. Lingan says he is particularly inspired by the translation he will be using from 20th century poet, W.B. Yeats.
“There are a number of translations you can use which are all quite good. But with Yeats the writing is so much better. His choice of words is lyrical and beautifully put. He doesn’t change the meaning; he presents the text in a way where the meaning is so much clearer, the characters much more vibrant and alive. And as a result, I think the effect on the audience will be pronounced. They will have a much greater experience of the play than they might otherwise have had.”
Performances of “King Oedipus” will be presented in the UT Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre February 17–19, and February 22–26, 2012. Like “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” matinee performances for schools and groups will be offered. The matinees will be Tuesday and Wednesday, February 21-22, 2012. Special matinee group rates apply but the seats must be reserved in advance.
Completing the season, is the Tony nominated 2010 comedy from Sarah Ruhl, “In the Next Room (The Vibrator Play),” to be directed by theatre lecturer, Irene Alby. The play is a funny, provocative and entertaining story that takes a poke at the Victorian era, during which doctors utilized a radical new invention for the treatment of female hysteria—the vibrator.
“In the Next Room” will be performed in the UT Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre, April 13-15, and April 18-22, 2012. All performances are at 7:30 p.m., except Sunday performances, which are at 2 p.m.
The season will also include two late-night Film Fridays! film series, one during fall semester and one at the beginning of spring semester. The films chosen for the series also have themes related to the season theme “Love Gone Wrong,” and in particular, love or perhaps obsession for one’s art.
Each screening will be held at 10 p.m. in the Lab Theatre (PA 1039) of the Center for Performing Arts on UT’s main campus. Admission is $3 and includes a free popcorn and soft drink.
Fall Series (10 p.m.)
Young at Heart (2007, 107 min. PG)
Friday, September 23
A documentary on a chorus of senior citizens from Massachusetts who cover songs by Jimi Hendrix, Coldplay, Sonic Youth, and other unexpected musicians.
Victor, Victoria (1982, 132 min. PG)
Friday, September 30
A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life.
Velvet Goldmine (1998, 124 min. R)
Friday, October 7
In 1984, British newspaper reporter Arthur Stuart is investigating the career of 1970s glam rock star Brian Slade.
Tommy (1975, 111 min. PG)
Friday, October 21
Featuring the music of The Who, a rock opera about Tommy, a psychosomatically deaf, dumb and blind boy who becomes a master pinball player and then the object of a religious cult as a result.
Cannibal, The Musical (1993, 95 min. R)
Friday, October 28
The sole survivor of an ill-fated mining expedition tells how his taste for gold is replaced by that of human flesh.
Spring Series (time TBA)
The Jazz Singer (1927)
Friday, January 20
The son of a Jewish Cantor must defy his father in order to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz singer.
Truth or Dare (1991)
Friday, January 27
Documentary following singer Madonna on her controversial Blonde Ambition tour in 1990.
Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2005)
Friday, February 3
A mix of Dave Chappelle's sketch comedy and musical interludes, inspired in part by the 1973 documentary Wattstax.
Pink Floyd's The Wall (1982)
Friday, February 10
A troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation.