UTNT (UT New Theatre)
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Thursday, April 14 - 24, 2016
Oscar G. Brockett Theatre
$15.00 - $23.00
Presented by Texas Theatre and Dance
UTNT (UT New Theatre)
Curated by Steven Dietz and Hannah Wolf
Established in 2007, UTNT (UT New Theatre) is an annual showcase of newly developed works for the American stage from playwrights of the Texas Theatre and Dance M.F.A. Playwriting program and Michener Center for Writers. This showcase exists as an incubator for new work, with many plays continuing on to be professionally produced across the country.
The 2016 UTNT (UT New Theatre) plays are:
The Silent Woman
By Lydia Blaisdell
Directed by KJ Sanchez
April 16, 21 at 7:30 p.m. and April 24 at 2:00 p.m.
The strange, true tale of a painter living with an effigy of his ex-lover in 1919 Europe. Because the doll cannot dress herself, the painter enlists a young maid to help him, resulting in an intricate, erotic game of pretend. The Silent Woman is the winner of the 2015 Kentucky Women’s Playwriting Prize.
The Silent Woman is approximately 90 minutes. There is no intermission. The play contains profane language, partial nudity, sex and violence. View The Silent Woman playbill and watch a behind the scenes video.
Post-Performance Discussion / in the Oscar G. Brockett Theatre following the April 16 7:30 p.m. performance
The audience is invited to join Dr. Gloria González-López, KJ Sanchez (director), and Lydia Blaisdell (playwright) for a discussion on the intersections of feminism, gender, history and art.
Dr. González-López is an associate professor at The University of Texas at Austin Department of Sociology. Her research focuses on the areas of sexuality, gender, Mexican American and Mexican studies, and social inequality. Her publications include Family Secrets: Stories of Incest and Sexual Violence in Mexico and Erotic Journeys: Mexican Immigrants and Their Sex Lives.
KJ Sanchez is the founder and CEO of American Records. She has directed plays Off-Broadway and at theatres including The Goodman Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Milwaukee Repertory, Studio Theatre (Washington D.C.) and Actors’ Theatre of Lousiville. Her plays have been produced at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Two River Theater Company, Center Stage (Baltimore), Frontera Repertory Theatre Company, Round House and Cornerstone Theater Company.
The Orange Garden
By Joanna Garner
Directed by Alexandra Bassiakou Shaw
April 15, 20 at 7:30 p.m. and April 23 at 2:00 p.m.
A young American Peace Corps volunteer is sent to Iran in 1972 where he is swept up in the growing fire of the revolution. A story about the complicated ways we fall in love with people and places, The Orange Garden draws influences from Rumi, 1960s rock and folk music, whirling dervishes and the lyricism of the Persian language.
The Orange Garden is approximately 120 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission. The play contains mature content, including smoking, drug use and profane language. View The Orange Garden playbill and watch a behind the scenes video.
Post-Performance Event / in the Oscar G. Brockett Theatre Lobby following the April 23 2:00 p.m. performance
Join us for Persian tea and informal conversations with people tied to The Orange Garden and its topics, including experts on Persian culture and poetry, past Peace Corps volunteers, Joanna Garner (playwright) and Alexandra Bassiakou Shaw (director).
By Gia Marotta
Directed by Jess Hutchinson
April 14, 23 at 7:30 p.m. and April 17 at 2:00 p.m.
Ellen and Meg have kept their distance since their brother Henry’s death 25 years ago. When circumstances force Meg to live with Ellen and her son David for a month, the sisters are asked to reckon with the loss that drove them apart. 381 Bleecker is a rich and theatrical story about grief, memory and the harrowing work of forgiveness.
Girls in Cars Underwater
By Tegan McLeod
Directed by Cara Phipps
April 16 at 2:00 p.m. and April 22, 24 at 7:30 p.m.
When newbie Dusty is hired at the most difficult bar in the city, she forms an unexpected bond with one of the old-timers. But allegiances beyond the bar start to threaten Dusty’s new-found security — and in one terrifying night, everything changes. Girls in Cars Underwater is an unflinching exploration of love and loss and the power of both to ruin and remake our lives.
Girls in Cars Underwater is approximately 100 minutes. There is no intermission. The play contains mature content, including language. View the Girls in Cars Underwater playbill and watch a behind the scenes video.
Titles, artists, venue and dates are subject to change.
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