The Wild Party

November 20 - December 5, 2015
Oscar G. Brockett Theatre
$15.00 - $26.00

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The Wild Party
Music and Lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa
Book by Michael John LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe
Based on the poem by Joseph Moncure March
Directed by Cara Phipps

What we are is all we are after midnight dies.

Set in Manhattan in the Roaring Twenties, vaudeville performer Queenie and her volatile partner, Burrs, host an evening of excess for their guests; a collection of the unruly and undone. The jazz and gin-soaked party rages to a mounting sense of threat as artifice and illusion are stripped away. When midnight debauchery leads to tragedy at dawn, this dark and decadent musical reminds us that no party lasts forever.

Viewer discretion is advised. The excess of 1920s America is represented through an exploration of sexuality, violence and graphic racial representation.

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The running time of The Wild Party is approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes. There is no late seating.

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About the director
Cara Phipps’ directing work focuses on new play development and production. She recently worked as a directing intern at Actors Theatre of Louisville where she directed two newly-devised shows, three solo performance pieces and the ten-minute play Grace by Eric John Meyer. Assisting credits at Actors Theatre include The Grown-Up (directed by Ken Rus Schmoll) for the Humana Festival of New American Plays, The Pirates of Penzance (directed by Sean Graney), The Mountaintop (directed by Giovanna Sardelli) and Noises Off (directed by Meredith McDonough). A Bay Area native, Phipps has developed new work with several companies including The Transient Theater, The 06 Ensemble and City Lights Theater Company. She received one of the 2012 FringeNYC Overall Excellence Awards in Directing for her work on the world premiere of Candice Benge’s The Egg Play (New York International Fringe Festival). Phipps is a graduate of the drama program at the University of Portland and is currently pursuing a master of fine arts degree in directing from The University of Texas at Austin.

November 20, 21, December 1-5 at 7:30pm
November 21, 22, December 5 at 2:00pm

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Theater review: The Wild Party
UT’s production of The Wild Party is a dark, thrilling experience
The Wild Party a Vaudeville Romp by Pearson Kashlak
UT Theatre & Dance’s The Wild Party

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