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April 12 - 13, 2014
F. Loren Winship Drama Building

The Latin@ Performance Symposium engages University of Texas at Austin students and the community in dialogue around issues of Latino/a performance and ethics of identity and representation. Activities include scholarly discussions, panels and workshops with professional performance companies, staged readings, talkbacks, and opportunities to create bonds with UT Austin and greater Austin performance community. A detailed itinerary follows. All events, with the exception of the performance of In the Heights and the April 12 dinner, are free to attendees.

Ticketing
Register today to save your seat! A limited number of rush tickets will be available for each event at the venue. Reserved seats may be released five minutes prior to the event. We encourage you to arrive early.

For more information, please contact email theatreanddance@utexas.edu or call (512) 471-5793.

Schedule of Events:

APRIL 12

10:00-10:45 a.m. — Opening Ceremony
Keynote address by Dr. Tiffany Ana López, Professor in the Department of Theatre at University of California Riverside
Location: B. Iden Payne Theatre

11:00-11:45 a.m. — The Peculiar History of Latina/o Casting in U.S. Popular Performance
A talk about the long history of how Latina/o actors and Latina/o characters have been cast in U.S. popular performance led by Dr. Brian Herrera, Assistant Professor of Theatre in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University
Location: B. Iden Payne Theatre

12:00-12:45 p.m. — Lunch and Dialogue
A reflection on the prior talks through facilitated questions. Pizza provided.
Location: Winship Atrium

1:00-2:45 p.m. — AND THE EARTH DID NOT DEVOUR HIM: A New Play Reading
A staged reading of a new play by Dr. Tiffany Ana López, directed and performed by a collaboration of University of Texas at Austin and University of Texas-Pan American students.
Location: Lab Theatre

3:00-3:45 p.m. — Teatro Vivo, ALTA Teatro, Aztlan Dance Company, and Texans United for Families
A panel discussion with local Latin@ theatre, dance, and performance artists. Artists will discuss their organizations’ work, history, experiences, and goals for the future.
Location: Lab Theatre

4:00-4:45 p.m. — Workshops with Local Performance Companies
Participate in a hands-on workshop with an Austin-based performance company. Choose from a workshop by Teatro Vivo, ALTA Teatro, Aztlan Dance Company, or artists from Texans United for Families.
Location: Winship Classrooms. Seating is limited. Reservations are encouraged.

5:00-5:45 p.m. — Workshops with Local Performance Companies
Participate in a hands-on workshop with an Austin-based performance company. Choose from a workshop by Teatro Vivo, ALTA Teatro, Aztlan Dance Company, or artists from Texans United for Families.
Location: Winship Classrooms. Seating is limited. Reservations are encouraged.

6:00-7:30 p.m. — Dish ‘n Dish
Sign-up with a facilitator to walk to a local eatery and discuss various topics from the day’s discussion with Latin@ theatre and performance over dinner. Attendees will pay for their own meal.

8:00-10:30 p.m. — IN THE HEIGHTS
The University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents In the Heights directed by Jerry Ruiz, guest artist from New York City. A short conversation with the production dramaturgs will follow the performance.

Visit Texas Performing Arts for tickets. Attendees will purchase their own tickets.
Location: B. Iden Payne Theatre


APRIL 13

10:00-10:45 a.m. — Contemporary Latin@ Theatre in the United States
A panel discussion with US-based Latin@ theatre practitioners, scholars, and educators that focuses on their experiences with contemporary Latin@ performance.
Location: Winship Atrium

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. — Comida & Dialogue
An open dialogue with guest artists, students, and faculty members about identity, cultural representation, and casting in Latin@ theatre and Latin@s in US theatre as a whole. This includes a discussion around Latin@s in higher education. Breakfast provided.
Location: Winship Atrium

12:15-1:00 p.m. — BETWEEN BROTHER AND SISTER: A New Play Reading
A new play reading of Between Brother and Sister, written by Brian Oglesby, M.F.A. playwriting candidate from the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin.
Location: Lab Theatre

1:15-2:00 p.m. — Remarks, Reflections y Recuerdos
Closing remarks by Dr. Brian Herrera.
Location: Winship Atrium

2:00-3:00 p.m. — Snacks & Dialogue
A dialogue that synthesizes the lessons and experiences from this symposium to create future action. Snacks provided.
Location: Winship Atrium

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Preview Production of
Advance Man
Written by Abe Koogler
Directed by Will Davis

February 28, March 6, 8 at 8:00 p.m.
March 2 at 5:00 p.m.
Lab Theatre

About the play
Bear Creek is a small town. So when rumor spreads of an impending visit from the President himself, everyone gets very excited. There’s just one problem – no one knows when he’s coming, or why. And who’s that mysterious man in a dark suit, asking all those questions? A dark comedy about the way we live now.

This play includes mature content.

Ticket Information
Purchase individual tickets for $12. Or, buy a UTNT Discount Two-Pack, including a ticket to Advance Man and Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven. Two great shows for $20! Tickets now available online, by phone at 512-477-6060 or 800-982-BEVO or in-person at the Box Office.

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Enhanced Reading of
Or, “The One with the Dogs”
Written by Briandaniel Oglesby
Directed by Jeremy Lee Cudd

March 1 at 2:00 p.m.
March 8 at 11:00 a.m.
Lab Theatre

The presentation of Or, “The One with the Dogs” is FREE. Tickets will be distributed beginning one hour prior to curtain at the Lab Theatre Box Office.

This play contains mature content.

About the play
In a crappy house surrounded by a dead walnut orchard, brothers Boomer and Dirt struggle with each other, with themselves, and with their dog-breeding business. As their prized pregnant pooch swells, they seem on the way to strike it big. Their dreams are disrupted when Boomer brings home Marisol, who should be a one-night stand, and Dirt finds a boy who will never grow up.

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Presentation of
'ratio
Visual Narrative by William Anderson
Text Narrative by David Turkel
Directed by Jess Hutchinson

March 1 at 11:00 a.m.
March 8 at 2:00 p.m.
Lab Theatre

The presentation of 'ratio is FREE. Tickets will be distributed beginning one hour prior to curtain at the Lab Theatre Box Office.

About 'ratio
In the weeks following Hamlet’s death, Horatio navigates a harrowing regime change at Elsinore under the rule of bloody-minded prince Fortinbras.

A collaboration by playwright David Turkel and designer William Anderson, ‘ratio is an art-script that intertwines visual and textual narratives. Equal ‘authors’ to the work, Anderson and Turkel have developed the work over the course of a year, workshopping ‘ratio with Dan Rothenberg, Artistic Director of Pig Iron Theatre Company (Philadelphia, PA) and now with UTNT director Jess Hutchinson.

Visual by William Anderson; Text by David Turkel

UTNT patrons will experience a first draft of the physical and media texts of 'ratio. In collaboration with media designer Daniel Berkowitz, the creative team and cast explore a variety of possible shapes that a physical embodiment of the art script could take. Rather than a traditional reading or a definitive staging of the piece, the creative team will present snippets of possible performance texts that will cover the entirely of the extant art script in order.

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Enhanced Reading of
Still Now
Written by Katie Bender
Directed by Rudy Ramirez
Choreography by Abel Coelho

March 2, 9 at 2:00 p.m.
Lab Theatre

The presentation of Still Now is FREE. Tickets will be distributed beginning one hour prior to curtain at the Lab Theatre Box Office.

About the play
After witnessing the fall of the twin towers, Annie heads to Japan to study Butoh, looking for a dance form that expresses the destruction she can’t comprehend. Ten years later, Annie is diagnosed with stage four cancer and returns to Butoh to prepare for her final dance. Still Now confronts us with the accelerated motion of a woman learning and losing her body, accompanied by the doctors, teachers, friends and lovers that become her partners in movement, to ask the question: what can our bodies teach us that our minds cannot fathom?

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Preview Production of
Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven

Written by Reina Hardy
Directed by Natalie Novacek

February 27, March 1, 7 at 8:00 p.m.
March 9 at 5:00 p.m.
Lab Theatre

About the play
Annie Jump is a 13-year-old science genius whose alien-obsessed father is the laughingstock of Strawberry, Kansas. One night in August, a meteor falls, and Annie meets Althea, an intergalactic supercomputer that manifests itself in the form of a mean girl with really nice hair. Althea’s here to help Annie take humanity from the earth to the stars, but being the Chosen One isn’t all glory. What is Althea hiding? And what will Annie have to sacrifice to fulfill her destiny?

Ticket Information
Purchase individual tickets for $12. Or, buy a UTNT Discount Two-Pack, including a ticket to Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven and Advance Man. Two great shows for $20! Tickets now available online, by phone at 512-477-6060 or 800-982-BEVO or in-person at the Box Office.

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Meet the cast of THE FAULT
A premiere of a new play by Katie Bender
Opening December 3rd at the Oscar G. Brockett Theatre

A small ragged house stands perched on a fault, pressed between the redwoods and Pacific Ocean. The Davies family resides within, holding together and splitting apart.
The Fault features an all-star cast including: Lowell Bartholomee, Estrella Gonzales, Ellie McBride, Alison Stoos and Raquel Watson
Direction by Charles Otte Ÿ- Costume Design by Hope Bennett - Scenic/Projection Design by Stephanie Busing - Technical Direction by W. Scott Bussey - Sound Design by Billy Henry - Lighting Design by Larry Lehew - Stage Management by Kristian Wolf Piña

Performance Information:
December 3-7 at 8:00 p.m. and December 7 at 2:00 p.m.
Oscar G. Brockett Theatre (300 E. 23rd St.), located in the F. Loren Winship Drama Building on the UT campus.

Buy your tickets today online or by phone at 512-477-6060.

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Alum Randall Rapstine (BFA 1985) just completed his first year in the Master of Fine Arts in Performance and Pedagogy program at Texas Tech University. Prior to graduate school, Randall served as the Region VI representative to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s Institute of Theatre Advocacy and Journalism. This summer he will be participating in Texas Tech’s Wild Wind Performance Lab. He will also participate in the National Critic’s Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Connecticut and the Kennedy Center Directing Intensive in Washington, D.C. Lastly, his screenplay GENIUS is in development in Hollywood. For more information on Randall Rapstine visit randallrapstine.com

Program Area: Playwriting/Directing

  • Sarah Rasmussen is thrilled to be in her first semester teaching at UT. This May, she heads back to New York to direct the world premiere of Lila Rose Kaplan’s Bureau of Missing Persons.
  • She’s looking forward to directing Two Gentlemen of Verona on Oregon Shakespeare’s Elizabethan Stage and a new Lauren Gunderson project at Marin Theatre.
  • New work in development this season included collaborations with New Dramatists, La Jolla Playhouse and a Princess Grace grant with OSF.
  • She continued her love of directing contemporary heightened text via productions of Will Power’s The Seven for Ten Thousand Things Theater and Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room.

Learn more about Sarah Rasmussen on our website!