UT New Theatre (UTNT) Presents “Good Day”

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Preview Production of
Good Day

By Diana Lynn Small
Directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh

December 5 at 7:30pm
December 7 at 2:00pm
Lab Theatre

About the play
Isaac an exterminator shows up at a San Francisco East Bay McMansion to remove a wasp nest, but Anna, the daughter of the house who’s returned after a long absence, refuses to move from the front lawn irrationally arguing she’s on a hunger strike. Refusing to move from the “pest area” prohibits Isaac from doing his job and forces the two into an unexpected and passive-to-aggressive confrontation. Played in real time, the two adult children strike-up a feud & friendship as they conceal & confess fears about family, spirituality, and illness. The play performs west coast rhetoric, narcissism, and sunshine to uncover the sincerity behind these Californian stereotypes and defends love and longing as universal hungers, regardless of weather.  

Ticket Information
Available October 31.

About the playwright
Diana Lynn Small makes art for a live audience. She writes, acts, and directs for the stage. She is a songwriter and singer. Diana is a M.F.A. candidate in the Michener Center for Writers at The University of Texas at Austin focusing on playwriting and poetry. She’s made new theatre with Westmont College (Muéveme Muévete, Beauty Bomb, They Must Be Wings, Jupiter I Love You, Songs for Girls), UT Austin (Suspicious Dinner, Be Still and Know Nothing), Theatre Masters (Dogfight), the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (We’re Still Kids), Ratatat Theater Group (Nina in the Morning), FronteraFest (Mad & a Goat) and ZaACH Theatre (Dream: A Midsummer Forrest Tour). She’s a member of the Lit Moon Theatre Company. She co-formed the music collective, Patience, which premiered its rock-narrative Water Will Rise in 2010. Diana returns to stories about the American West, past and present. She grew up in Martinez, California. Diana’s new play Enter a Woman, Pretty Enough will premiere as part of the UT Season in March 2015.

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 the ADA 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 $6 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.

About UTNT (UT New Theatre)
Curated by Steven Dietz and Cara Phipps, UTNT (UT New Theatre) presents newly developed work of emerging playwrights from The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance and Michener Center for Writers. Other 2014 UTNT artists include Patrick Shaw, Eva Suter, and Brian Kettler.

Learn about UTNT’s 2014 line-up today. For more information, call 512-471-5793.

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UTNT (UT New Theatre) Presents “Karlstad”

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Preview Production of
Karlstad

By Patrick Shaw
Directed by Tamara Carroll

December 3 at 7:30pm
December 6 at 2:00pm
Lab Theatre

About the play
Sally and Pam’s roommate, Jules, leaves them in the lurch when she takes off for Germany to understand her roots. Now, in the mysterious company of their new middle-aged German sublet, the young women begin to question if they’re living the life they feel they deserve. But when Jules returns with a second German stranger, they uncover an improbable link between the Occupy movement, East German prisons, and the cheap furniture filling their lower Manhattan apartment.

Ticket Information
Available October 31.

About the playwright
Patrick Shaw writes plays, acts, dances, and makes music. His scripts have been produced at The Flea, The Drilling Company, Galapagos Art Space, Cherry Pit, Hudson River Guild, Flushnik Art Space, Bradley University (Peoria), Gorilla Tango (Chicago), the Frontera Fest (Austin), and has developed work at Norm’s Fish Camp. A Miracle Study and Autobiography of a Sparrow, and Lushly have all been semifinalists for the National Playwrights Conference, and his play, HAMLETTES, was a finalist for the Lark Workshop and was later published by Playscripts, Inc. A graduate of Kenyon College and the National Theater Institute, Patrick has performed with Spessard Dance, Bakerloo Theatre Project, the Duplicates, and Underbelly.  He was a founding member of FullStop Collective.  www.patrickshawplays.com

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 the ADA 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 $6 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.

About UTNT (UT New Theatre)
Curated by Steven Dietz and Cara Phipps, UTNT (UT New Theatre) presents newly developed work of emerging playwrights from The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance and Michener Center for Writers. Other 2014 UTNT artists include Eva Suter, Diana Lynn Small, and Brian Kettler.

Learn about UTNT’s 2014 line-up today. For more information, call 512-471-5793.

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UTNT (UT New Theatre) Presents “Lyla School”

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Preview Production of
Lyla School 

By Brian Kettler
Directed by Jess Hutchinson

December 6 at 7:30pm 
December 7 at 5:00pm
Lab Theatre

About the play
Mary and Ahmed are best friends at Lyla School, a progressive, arts-based academy. They are driven apart when a violent event occurs during a process-drama simulation. Twenty years later, they reconnect as broken adults. Still haunted by their shared, tragic past, they fight to move forward with their lives and uncover the lingering mysteries of Lyla School. 

Ticket Information
Available October 31.

About the playwright
Brian is a third-year M.F.A. candidate in playwriting at The University of Texas at 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 In School Suspension, Personal and Poor Boys’ Chorus, which premiered at UT earlier this year. His short play, Clown Room, was featured in the 2014 Theater Masters National M.F.A. Playwrights Festival, with productions in Aspen and New York City. 

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 the ADA 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 $6 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.

About UTNT (UT New Theatre)
Curated by Steven Dietz and Cara Phipps, UTNT (UT New Theatre) presents newly developed work of emerging playwrights from The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance and Michener Center for Writers. Other 2014 UTNT artists include Patrick Shaw, Diana Lynn Small, and Eva Suter.

Learn about UTNT’s 2014 line-up today. For more information, call 512-471-5793.

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UTNT (UT New Theatre) Presents “Hold Me Well”

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Preview Production of
Hold Me Well 

By Eva Suter
Directed by Katie Bender

December 4 at 7:30pm 
December 6 at 11:00am
Lab Theatre

About the play
Years ago, a brutal war wiped out half of the world’s population (the half with Y chromosomes). Now a group of women protect a cooler containing the hope for human future. As dangerous forces loom nearer and nearer, paranoia and jealousy turn shadows of trees into grabbing hands and misunderstanding into betrayal. In a world where so much has changed, what is still the same?

Ticket Information
Available October 31.

About the playwright
Eva Suter is a Northwest based writer, theater artist, and M.F.A. candidate through the Michener Center at UT Austin. In Portland, OR, Eva was a founding member of The Working Theatre Collective, a DIY based company dedicated to the production of new and devised works in unexpected spaces. Eva is a Portland Drammy recipient for Medusa, A Perfectly Normal Girl (2010) and an Oregon Literary Arts Fellow in Drama (2012). In the last year she was a participant in The Great Plains Theatre Conference We Only Go Home in Retrograde and Theater Masters’ Nona Who Swallowed a Bird. Eva hosts the Beer and Cookies Occasional Cabaret, rides a bike, bakes bread, and probably thinks too much about the comparative merit of different grocery stores.

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 the ADA 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 $6 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.

About UTNT (UT New Theatre)
Curated by Steven Dietz and Cara Phipps, UTNT (UT New Theatre) presents newly developed work of emerging playwrights from The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance and Michener Center for Writers. Other 2014 UTNT artists include Patrick Shaw, Diana Lynn Small, and Brian Kettler.

Learn about UTNT’s 2014 line-up today. For more information, call 512-471-5793.

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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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Alumnus’ Play to Premiere at Finborough Theatre

Kevin Kautzman's (M.F.A. 2013) play, Dream of Perfect Sleep premieres this June at the Finborough Theatre in London, directed by Max Pappenheim. Conceived at The University of Texas at Austin and produced in 2013 UTNT (UT New Theatre), Dream of Perfect Sleep won both the Southwest and Kernodle playwriting competitions, at Stage West and the University of Arkansas. It will be published this summer in the UK by Oberon.

Dream of Perfect Sleep, presented in UTNT (UT New Theatre), 2013. Photo: Josh Rasmussen, Courtesy of The University of Texas at Austin

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UT Family Weekend Festivities: An Insider’s View of Theatre & Dance, October 25, 2014

Department of Theatre and Dance families are invited to an insider’s view of theatre and dance during The University of Texas at Austin’s annual Family Weekend.

Join us in the Winship Atrium, the students’ favorite gathering space, and

  • catch a sneak peek of Fall For Dance, the annual concert by the award-winning student company Dance Repertory Theatre .
  • learn about The Trojan Women, an acting project being presented October 23-26. Meet the director and actors as they discuss their approach to the play. View design sketches for the play and learn how those designs are realized in the production.
  • attend a rehearsal of Fame The Musical, the pop culture hit, coming to our stage November 21-December 6.
  • attend a luncheon for students, their family members and our faculty.

WHEN:   Saturday, October 25 at 11:00AM
WHERE:  F. Loren Winship Drama Building Atrium, 300 East 23rd St., Austin, Texas 78712

Reservations are required.

Register through October 17 online.

For late registration beginning October 18, please email theatreanddance@utexas.edu and include “Family Weekend Registration” in the subject.

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Some of our West Coast Longhorns reunited in May to catch up and reminisce about their time at Theatre and Dance. Smiles all around - it looks a great time was had by all!

Thanks from T&D to Steve Krauss, Wendell Grayson, Candace Sorensen, John Forster, Margaret Valenta Davis, Pete Puckett, Gretchen German, Jody Wassel, Jim Hensz, Kimberly Aileen Scott and Joseph Catmull for sharing.

We love hearing from our alumni! It’s easy to stay connected - send us your latest news today and let us brag on you.

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Stephen Blackburn (MFA 1997) wrote the one-man play Douglass, one of three short plays comprising Lincoln Adjacent, which will run during the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June. Actor Rif Hutton stars as Frederick Douglass. Meanwhile, Fierce Backbone Theatre Co, of which Blackburn is a founding member, is entering its seventh year of existence and will be presenting four original plays at the Fringe Festival, all of which were developed in the company’s weekly workshops.

Stephen Blackburn (MFA 1997) wrote the one-man play Douglass, one of three short plays comprising Lincoln Adjacent, which will run during the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June. Actor Rif Hutton stars as Frederick Douglass. Meanwhile, Fierce Backbone Theatre Co, of which Blackburn is a founding member, is entering its seventh year of existence and will be presenting four original plays at the Fringe Festival, all of which were developed in the company’s weekly workshops.

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