Theater Season to Take Audiences on a "Journey of Awakenings"

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Published on 9/5/07

The University of Tulsa Department of Theatre’s 2007-2008 season, entitled "Journey of Awakenings," will feature four plays and one musical that each tell the story of characters who grow and change because of their hardships and adventures.

The season begins with two provocative plays this month from winners of TU’s fourth annual New Works for Young Women competition. "Beautiful American Soldier," on stage Sept. 20-23, explores the lives of two Iraqi sisters, stranded on a dangerous road in war-torn Iraq and desperate to find their way home.

The second play, "Callback," follows a young woman’s struggle to understand life after the death of a loved one. Her grieving is complicated by mysterious phone calls in the middle of the night that haunt her and drive her to discover the caller. This coming-of-age play will run Sept. 27–30.

A powerful adventure awaits audiences of "Marisol," with performances Nov. 15–17, 29, 30 and Dec. 1. This play, which earned its writer Jose Rivera an Obie playwriting award, follows Bronx native Marisol on her quest to overcome the chaos that plagues humanity when a heavenly struggle creates earthly imbalance.

Audiences will enjoy a brilliant Irish comedy by Oscar award-winning playwright Martin McDonagh Feb. 14–17, and 21–24. "The Cripple of Inishmaan" follows the inhabitants of a small island off the coast of Ireland after they find out a Hollywood film crew has chosen their remote home to make a documentary. Orphan and outcast Billie Claven vies for a part in the film and shocks everyone when he wins a part in the movie.

A spring musical will complete the season with "Carnival," April 17-20, 24-27. "Carnival" received seven Tony award nominations for its portrayal of an orphaned young woman, Lili, who is enchanted with a run-down Parisian carnival. Amid the colorful characters, a magician and a puppeteer vie for Lili’s affections using their performing talents.

All performances will take place in Kendall Hall on the TU campus. For more information, call TU Department of Theatre at (918) 631-2566.