TU Theatre Department Announces Upcoming Performances

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Published on 10/3/06

The Theatre Department at The University of Tulsa has announced the following upcoming performances:

“Nunsense”
A Musical Comedy
Thursday, Oct. 5–Saturday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct 8 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Book, Music & Lyrics by Dan Goggin
Winner of four Outer Critics Awards, including Best Off-Broadway Musical in its original New York production, this hilarious international hit has had more than 5,000 productions worldwide and has been translated into 21 languages. “Nunsense” centers around a fundraiser put on by the Little Sisters of Hoboken to raise money to bury sisters accidentally poisoned by the convent cook, Sister Julia (Child of God). During the show, the audience is introduced to Reverend Mother Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn named Sister Robert Anne; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who is a wannabe ballerina; and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia, who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head. The New York Times described the play as “wacky and outrageous with an hysterical anything goes sense of fun!”

“Julius Caesar”
Thursday, Nov. 16–Saturday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 30–Saturday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m.

Shakespeare’s first tragedy is exactly what anyone looks for in when considering this genre: power language spoken by legendary characters driving home one of history’s greatest stories and monumental events. The play also concludes with a tragically profound irony. The imagined heroic mission of Brutus and Cassius to save Rome from the “one man” rule of Julius Caesar would unleash a reign of terror which would result in exactly what they hoped to prevent—Octavius Caesar would defeat the Brutus-led conspirators at Philippi in 42 B.C. and his former ally Marc Antony at Actium in 31 B.C. to become sole emperor Rome.

“The Mystery of Edwin Drood”
Thursday, Feb. 15– Saturday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 22–Saturday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.

A Musical by Rupert Holmes
Original Broadway Production produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp, producer

This wildly warm-hearted theatrical experience kicked off when the Music Hall Royale (a hilariously loony Victorian musical troupe) “puts on” its flamboyant rendition of an unfinished Dickens mystery. The story itself deals with John Jasper, a Jekyll-and-Hyde choirmaster who is quite madly in love with his music student, the fair Miss Rosa Bud. Miss Bud is, in turn, engaged to Jasper’s nephew, the young Edwin Drood. Our title character disappears mysteriously one stormy Christmas Eve—but has Edwin Drood been murdered? And if so, who was responsible for his untimely death? The playfulness of this play-within-a-play draws the audience toward one of Drood’s most talked-about features, which allows the audience to vote on the solution as a prelude to the most unusual and hilarious finale.

New Works for Young Women: A Festival of Readings
“Peaches,” Friday, March 30–Saturday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m.
“Tweaked,” Friday, April 13–Saturday, April 14 at 8 p.m.
“Quality,” Friday, April 20–Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m.

A Korean American romance, ambition and designer shoes and the price of addiction: these are the respective themes of the three brand-new plays presented during this reading series. The three plays–“Peaches,” “Tweaked” and “Quality”— are the debut presentations of the winning plays selected from TU’s national playwriting competition. An audience discussion will be held after each evening of reading.

“Necessary Targets”
By Eve Ensler
Friday, March 2

“Necessary Targets” is a compelling drama of two Americans who journey to war-torn Bosnia to help women refugees and emerge deeply changed themselves. Meryl Streep has hailed the play as “a brave, powerful and crucial testimony against violence aimed at women, as an act of war.”

Proceeds from the performance will benefit Domestic Violence Intervention Services (DVIS).

Student Directed One-Act & Dance Extravaganza
Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24 at 8 p.m.
Performances are to be announced. Free admission.

TU School of Music Opera Scenes
Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31 at 8 p.m.
Performances are to be announced. Free admission.

For ticket information, call the TU box office at (918) 631-2567 between noon and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets go on sale two weeks prior to the opening night of each production. For more information call (918) 631-2566.