Poor Boys’ Chorus, November 7-9, 12-16

By Brian Kettler
Directed by Natalie Novacek

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As a general rule. Closer to law. 
The first commandment in our town reads: 
Poor Boys don’t talk to Rich Girls. 

About the play
Summer in a small town. Beautiful Annabel strikes up a tentative friendship with Steeds, a poor orphan. A carnival sweeps through, featuring the mysterious illusionist, Bill the Magnificent. Plans are hatched, promises are broken, and innocent mistakes produce tragic consequences. Poor Boys’ Chorus uses rhythm, light and magic to tell a story that is poignant, timeless and uniquely theatrical. 

There will be a total of eight performances across two weekends. 

November 7-8, 12-15 at 7:30pm
November 9 & 16 at 2:00pm 

About the Playwright
Brian Kettler is a third-year M.F.A. candidate in Playwriting at UT-Austin. He is a graduate of Kenyon College and the National Theater Institute. He was the recipient of the 2012 Oregon Literary Fellowship in Drama. His full-length plays include School Suspension, Personal and Poor Boys’ Chorus.His short play, Clown Room, was featured in the 2014 Theater Masters National M.F.A. Playwrights Festival, with production in Aspen and New York City. 

About the Director
Natalie Novacek tells raw and daring stories with effortless staging through contemporary, language-driven scripts. She is the artistic director of Loudmouth Collective, known in her hometown of Minneapolis, MN for tackling challenging solo performance and engaging small-ensemble theatrical events. Natalie was a Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival National Selection Team Directing Fellow. She is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. 

Student Activities Center Blackbox
Located on The University of Texas at Austin campus 
2201 Speedway, Austin, TX 78712

Admission is free. Seating is limited.

Production Team
Brian Kettler - Playwright
Natalie Novacek - Director 
Rachel Atkinson - Lighting Design
Jessica Forte - Assistant Stage Manager
Joseph Heike - Stage Manager 
Teena Sauvola - Scenic Design 
Kelsey Vidic - Costume Design 

Parking Information 
The University requires all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to pay for parking on campus. Please be aware when you come to a performance that UT parking has changed and new signage has been posted in regards to the changes. All parking on campus – both ADA and non-ADA requires a permit or payment of fees – this does include theADA on Robert Dedman Drive. Patrons to the Texas Performing Arts complex are encouraged to park in university parking garages or LBJ surface lots. A discounted parking rate of $3 can be purchased on-line at:https://utcofaparking.clickandpark.com/venue. The discounted parking is only available online until 10pm, the day prior to an event. Please read signs carefully.

$12 Event Parking is also available for purchase in person on the day of your event at the entrances to the surrounding surface lots and garages.

Ensure that you select “Department of Theatre and Dance” as your venue to find links to parking. 

For more information, call 512-471-5793.

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The Trojan Women, October 23-26

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By Euripides 
Translation by Edith Hamilton
Directed by Patricia Daniels 

About the play
First presented in 415 BCE, The Trojan Women begins after the fall of Troy, met with grieving gods and the female prisoners along with the now dethroned Queen Hecuba, gathered together to await their fate as slaves of the Greek victors. The herald Talthybius arrives to execute the son of Hector, along with Menelaus, general of the Greek army, who seeks to reclaim his wife, Helen of Troy. 

An Undergraduate Acting Project Production
Performance Information:

                     October 23-25 at 7:30pm
                     October 26 2:00pm

Winship Room 2.180

Admission is free. Seating is limited.

From the Director
Euripides was known as “the poet of the world’s grief.” Edith Hamilton writes, “In this play about war, Euripides sounds the deepest depths of that grief. How not, he would have said, since no other suffering approaches that which war inflicts.” 

In the face of this suffering, this play examines, through exploration of character and tragic circumstances, the inextinguishable ties and radical love of family and community that endure despite inhumanity, powerlessness, violence, and death. 

"In spite of the fact that the play is 2000 years old, we see the circumstances of these defenseless women of Troy acted out everyday on our present world stage. As an audience we are offered the opportunity through the production to re-awaken ourselves to the damage of war and violence, and open our hearts to the plight of its victims." 

Cast
Julia Bauer - Hecuba 
Kailey Moore - Andromache
Jordan Moranto - Cassandra 
Hollin Haley - Helen of Troy 
Gage Robinson - Talthybius
Bret Finholt - Poseidon/Menelaus
Aya Seidemann - Athena/Chorus Women
Kathleen Brown, Carson Campbell, Amanda Sarabia, Bria Washington, Kylie Zeko, Shanaya Kapai - Chorus Woman

Parking Information 
The University requires all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to pay for parking on campus. Please be aware when you come to a performance that UT parking has changed and new signage has been posted in regards to the changes. All parking on campus – both ADA and non-ADA requires a permit or payment of fees – this does include theADA on Robert Dedman Drive. Patrons to the Texas Performing Arts complex are encouraged to park in university parking garages or LBJ surface lots. A discounted parking rate of $3 can be purchased on-line at:https://utcofaparking.clickandpark.com/venue. The discounted parking is only available online until 10pm, the day prior to an event. Please read signs carefully.

$12 Event Parking is also available for purchase in person on the day of your event at the entrances to the surrounding surface lots and garages.

Ensure that you select “Department of Theatre and Dance” as your venue to find links to parking. 

For more information, call 512-471-5793.

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Alumna joins touring company of “Joseph and the Amazing Technical Dreamcoat”

Allison Ebling (BA 2011) has joined the national touring company of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as the A2 (Assistant Sound). The tour stars Broadway and American Idol stars Ace Young (“Joseph”) and Diana DeGarmo (“Narrator”) as well as a talented ensemble.

The tour is scheduled through April 2015, and includes destinations all over the United States, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Houston, and Washington D.C.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Photo provided courtesy of Allison Ebling.

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Catherine Ann Jones (BFA 1965), is an award-winning playwright (Calamity Jane, On the Edge, The Women of Cedar Creek) and screenwriter (The Christmas Wife, Unlikely Angel, Touched by an Angel series). A Fulbright Scholar to India studying shamanism with over thirty years teaching experience, Jones is a writing consultant and author of The Way of Story. Her latest book, Heal Your Self with Writing, has been recognized with the Nautilus Book Award for 2014. Established in 1998, the award celebrates books in the genre of social and environmental justice. Past winners include The Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra and Desmund Tutu.

Catherine Ann Jones (BFA 1965), is an award-winning playwright (Calamity Jane, On the Edge, The Women of Cedar Creek) and screenwriter (The Christmas Wife, Unlikely Angel, Touched by an Angel series). A Fulbright Scholar to India studying shamanism with over thirty years teaching experience, Jones is a writing consultant and author of The Way of Story. Her latest book, Heal Your Self with Writing, has been recognized with the Nautilus Book Award for 2014. Established in 1998, the award celebrates books in the genre of social and environmental justice. Past winners include The Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra and Desmund Tutu.

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Alumna to train at prestigious talent agency

Colleen Washington (BA, BS 2013) has been accepted into the Agent Training Program at Agency for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California. Agency for the Performing Arts (also known as APA) is considered an industry leader in the field of talent and literary representation for nearly fifty years. They represent artists and performers across all media platforms, including feature film, television, music, theatre, publishing and digital.

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Celebrating the Life of Eli Wallach

Best known for his role as “Tuco Ramirez” (shown above) in Sergio Leone’s classic The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, University of Texas at Austin alumnus Eli Wallach passed away June 24, 2014 at the age of 98.

A history major at UT (BA ‘36), Wallach was a member of the university’s Curtain Club. Formed in 1908 by English Professor Stark Young, the Curtain Club was created for “some form of dramatic expression at The University of Texas.” The all-university, extra-curricular club grew in popularity and three decades later helped launch the Department of Drama (now Department of Theatre and Dance) in 1938.

Wallach’s six decade career included roles in The Magnificent SevenHow the West Was WonThe Misfits, and The Godfather Part III. In 2010, he received the 2010 Honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Join us in reflecting on his prolific career, flipping through the images above from the Curtain Club’s productions of Both Your Houses (1935) and Liliom (1936).

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Alumnus Dink O’Neal Garners Many Roles in 2014

Dink O’Neal (BFA 1984) recently appeared as Jeffrey Dahmer’s father on Killer Kids. He shot two “spec” commercials for Virgin Atlantic Airlines and another for the NY Lotto, the latter of which will be screened in competition for the Young Director’s Award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. In addition, Dink played the title role in The Crying Man, an independent short film which will be available for online viewing beginning June 4th on nobudge.com. He continues writing as a theatre critic for ArtsInLA.com.

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