2013-2014 Season

The Beggar’s Opera

Written by Vaclav Havel Translated by Paul Wilson Directed by Wilson Milam April 23 – May 4Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse

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Former Czech Republic president, political dissident, and playwright Vaclav Havel borrowed characters and plot elements from the iconic 18th century The Beggar’s Opera and the more recent Three Penny Opera to create an entirely new commentary on 20th century society. This updated non-musical version of The Beggar’s Opera is set in a farcical underworld where no one can be trusted. Read More

The Workroom

Written by Jean-Claude Grumberg Directed by Andrew Tsao May 28 – June 8Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theatre

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Jean-Claude Grumberg’s The Workroom is a stunning portrait of two male and six female laborers surviving in Paris after World War II. Little changes in their cramped, airless tailor’s workroom except the fabrics they stitch together. Read More

Previous Shows

The Arabian Nights

Written by Mary Zimmerman Adapted from The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night Directed by Leah Adcock-Starr February 26 – March 9Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse

Leah Adcock-Starr, a student in our Professional Director Training Program (PDTP), will direct her first full-length feature production for the School of Drama. In Mary Zimmerman’s hypnotic play, Arabian Nights, the audience is dazzled with a lush swirl of vibrant carpets, luxurious fabrics and shadowy lanterns. Read More

Reading to Vegetables

Written by EM Lewis Directed by Tina Polzin January 29 – February 9Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theatre

The opportunity to bring a brand new play from page to stage is rare for student directors. With Reading to Vegetables, Tina Polzin, a student in our Professional Director Training Program (PDTP), will work directly with Portland-based playwright EM Lewis to create a Hitchcockian world of suspense on stage for the very first time. Read More

Fifth of July

Written by Lanford Wilson Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton November 13-24Meany Studio Theatre

At one point in their careers, Jeff Daniels, Swoosie Kurtz, William Hurt, Christopher Reeve, Kathy Bates, Richard Thomas, Cynthia Nixon, John Procaccino and UW alumna Lori Larsen all sank their teeth into the meaty roles of this comedic drama. Now faculty member Valerie Curtis-Newton directs second-year PATP students and gives them that same exciting opportunity. Read More

Performing Arts Lecture Series - Radical Acts: Performance and Social Change

UW Faculty October 1, 15 & 29 Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theatre

Conscientious artists throughout history have used their performance as sites of social intervention. Sometimes contentious, sometimes effective, always provocative, the activist-artist situates performance in a necessary act of engagement. This series of three Tuesday night lectures considers the weaponization of performance across genre and media. Read More

The Real Inspector Hound

Written by Tom Stoppard Directed by Desdemona Chiang October 16-27Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse

Director and UW alumna Desdemona Chiang takes on Tom Stoppard’s hilarious 1968 play-within-a-play, The Real Inspector Hound. Stoppard unveils his brilliant sense of the absurd in this Agatha Christie-style murder-mystery parody set at an isolated country manor. Read More