|EXIT STRATEGIES: A SEASON PREVIEW!|
Featuring short plays from David Ives, Lauren Gunderson, and Jean-Paul Sartre
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
*reduced ticket pricing: $5 adults, $2 senior citizens and non-TLU students, FREE with TLU ID.
Curious about what we’ve got up our sleeve? Can’t wait to get the season started? Looking for some bite-sized entertainment during Homecoming weekend? Join TheatreXpress for an evening of student-produced short plays, each complete in their own right, featuring the authors of the 2013-2014 season. This preview of great writers includes the eccentric wit of David Ives, the energized brilliance of Lauren Gunderson, and the philosophical depth of Jean-Paul Sartre…all in a package that is designed to both tease and satisfy.
by David Ives
adapted from the comedy by Pierre Corneille
Evenings: Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Friday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Seeking adventure and love, Dorante arrives in Paris, a city renowned for both. A charming young man, he has but a single flaw: he cannot tell the truth. For better or worse, he hires Cliton, a servant who cannot tell a lie. When Dorante soon falls in love with Clarice, an equally charming young lady, he mistakes her name as Lucrece—best friend to Clarice. And from this case of mistaken identity the hijinks commence! Dorante’s wits and facility to fib are tested throughout. First, he learns that Clarice is secretly engaged to his best friend Alcippe. Then his father tries to arrange a marriage to Clarice (or is it Lucrece?). Finally, he learns that Lucrece (or is it Clarice?) has been in love with him all along. Throw in a pair of identical twins, comic servants, and a series of madcap whoppers and the hilarity is guaranteed! Brilliantly adapted by David Ives, this sparkling romantic comedy feels as fresh as the day Corneille first penned it… over 360 years ago!
|ONE NIGHT STAND: An evening of improvisation and stand-up comedy|
featuring TLU student-comedians
Date and Time TBA, Fall 2013
The Texas Theater
Back by popular demand! In the fall of 2011, over 20 TLU students showcased their skills in improvisation and stand-up comedy, live at the historic Texas Theater in Seguin. Now, as a regular part of the curriculum in Dramatic Media, a new crop of comedians will hone their comic chops throughout the fall. Don’t miss this final showcase of their work!
|EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR |
A Revenge Comedy By Lauren Gunderson
Evenings: Thursday thru Saturday @ 7:30 PM
Exit, Pursued by a Bear, the delightfully dark revenge comedy by Lauren Gunderson, has been rescheduled to April 10-12. This student production will now be a featured event at XpressFest.14, the annual showcase of student productions in dramatic media.
Nan is a young woman from North Georgia with big ambitions—dreams that have been smothered by her abusive, harddrinking, backwoods husband Kyle. After one too many drunken fights, Nan decides to get her revenge. Inspired by the discourse of her hero, President Jimmy Carter, she solicits the help of two fellow dreamers—friend Simon (who serves as an emotional—and actual—cheerleader) and a stripper/acting student named Sweetheart. When Nan tapes Kyle to a recliner in their cabin, she forces him to watch re-enactments from their painful past. To ensure that her revenge is indeed sweet, Nan and friends plot to cover the room in meat and honey—hoping that Kyle is mauled by a bear upon their exit. Through a night of emotional trials and ridiculous theatrics, Nan and Kyle are both freed from their past in this smart, dark revenge comedy—written by one of America’s top young playwrights, and past guest-artist at TLU, Lauren Gunderson.
By Jean-Paul Sartre
Evenings: Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 PM
Matinees: Friday and Sunday at 2:30 PM
Hell is other people! Thus goes the famous line and premise from this modern classic by the Nobel Prize-winning author and existentialist, Jean-Paul Sartre. When three recently deceased souls are escorted to the same room in hell, they are struck by the incongruity of it all. The fire-and-brimstone of mythology is nowhere to be found, replaced by décor in the Second Empire style. Not all is comfortable, however. The windows are bricked up, the lights are always on, and of course—there is no exit. Though this trinity of strangers tries to establish routines and relationships, they quickly learn that they have been placed together to make each other miserable. As they gradually learn about the crimes and failings of their past lives, they realize that they are doomed to an eternal torment worse than physical torture.
|REGION 8 |
By Shannon Ivey
Featuring Windell Middlebrooks
April 3 & 4
Inspired by true stories from the foster-to-adopt system of South Texas, Hollywood television star, Windell Middlebrooks, is partnering with San Antonio’s Theatre for Change and TLU faculty member Shannon Ivey to develop a television pilot called Region 8. TLU Dramatic Media is honored to join with Theatre for Change to host a staged reading of the pilot. While revealing the compelling stories of our broader community, the performance will raise awareness about the enormous foster-to-adopt issue in Texas. The event will feature original music by José Rubén De León, Founder of Teatro Farolito and Farolito Music. Funded in part by the Jack and Jesse Brown Endowment, Region 8 is sponsored by TLU in conjunction with Child Advocates of San Antonio (CASA).
Apr. 10—12, Specific content and times TBA
The 14th annual XpressFest showcases original student plays, movies, and class projects. Join the student artists of TheatreXpress for this culmination of their annual work, including senior capstone projects.
LASTING PIECES: The 2012-2013 Season
Preview: Thursday, October 25 @ 7:30 p.m.
Evenings: Friday and Saturday @ 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Friday and Sunday @ 2:30 p.m.
Tired of war and the perpetual absence of their men, the women of Athens unite around a plan conceived of by Lysistrata. Taking a vow of chastity, the women reluctantly swear to avoid the bedroom until the men secure the peace. The results are both comic and profound. Written by one of ancient Greece’s most famous satirists, and originally performed in Athens in 411 B.C., LYSISTRATA has shocked, amused, and engaged audiences for over two thousand years. This modern translation updates the classic battle of the sexes, providing a fresh take on this timeless and timely piece.
|THE LARAMIE PROJECT: 10 YEARS LATER|
by Moisés Kaufman, Leigh Fondakowski, Greg Pierotti, Andy Paris, and Stephen Belber
Preview: Thursday, March 21 @ 7:30 PM
Evenings: Friday and Saturday @ 7:30 PM
Matinees: Friday and Sunday @ 2:30 PM
On November 6, 1998, gay college student Matthew Shepard left a bar in Laramie, Wyoming. The following day he was discovered on a prairie at the edge of town, tied to a fence, brutally beaten, and close to death. Six days later Matthew Shepard died. On November 14th, 1998, ten members of Tectonic Theatre Project traveled to Laramie, Wyoming and conducted interviews with the people of the town. These texts became the basis for the play The Laramie Project. Ten years later, five members of Tectonic returned to Laramie to try to understand the long-term effect of the murder. They found a town wrestling with its legacy and its place in history. In addition to revisiting the folks whose words riveted us in the original play, this time around, the company also spoke with the two murderers, as well as Matthew's mother, Judy Shepard. THE LARAMIE PROJECT: TEN YEARS LATER is a bold new work, which asks the question, "How does society write its own history?"
In the fall of 2003, TLU Dramatic Media produced THE LARAMIE PROJECT. Over sixty students, faculty, staff, and community members participated in the production, provoking reflection and dialogue. Now, a decade later, and supported by a campus visit by Judy Shepard on January 30, 2013, TLU will commemorate a ten-year return to this important subject.
Featuring TBA Improv!
Specific content and times TBA
The 13th annual XpressFest showcases original student plays, movies, and class projects. In addition, be sure to catch the return of TLU’s own improvisational troupe, TBA IMPROV!
|Ticket Pricing (unless otherwise noted): |
$10 for Adults
$5 for Senior Citizens and Students
FREE with TLU ID
Tickets are available at the door.