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University Theatre announces 2016-‘17 performance season

Thursday, August 25, 2016

LAWRENCE — The University Theatre’s upcoming season will continue to push artistic boundaries with shows that are thoughtful, entertaining and paradigm-shifting. Through classic and contemporary productions, the season will address how and why people make the choices that change or alter their lives and the lives of those around them.

“Theatre allows us to see inside a person and observe the world from their point of view,” said Dennis Christilles, University Theatre artistic director and associate professor of theatre. “This is particularly relevant with this year’s season because of the many diverse lives and perspectives that will be presented.”

This season the directors and students will explore gender identity issues, encourage audience interaction, review a William Inge classic, showcase a Broadway hit and more.

 “In the best tradition of theatre, audiences will leave with an experience that sticks to the roof of their mind – for the students working on these productions, few will find the journey less than life-altering .”

Tickets are on sale now for all shows at kutheatre.com or by calling 785-864-3982. Season tickets for all eight shows are available for $130. Special pricing also available for senior, faculty/staff and student/child season tickets.

The 2016-2017 season:

“Picnic” by William Inge
Directed by Jack Wright
Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 2*, 5, 6
Crafton-Preyer Theatre

“Late, A Cowboy Song by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Jane Barnette
Oct. 21, 22, 23*, 25, 26, 27
William Inge Memorial Theatre

“Pooter McGraw Is Not Dead Party by Padraic Lillis
Directed by Peter Zazzali
Nov. 11, 12, 13*, 17, 19, 20*
Stage Too!

“R.U.R.by Karel Čapek
Translated by Paul Selver
Directed by Blair Lawrence Yates
Dec. 2, 3, 4*, 5, 7, 8
William Inge Memorial Theatre

“Seminar” by Theresa Rebeck
Directed by Drew Hafling
Feb. 9, 10, 11, 12*, 2017
William Inge Memorial Theatre
Staged in cooperation with the Jayhawk Initiative for Student Theatre

Book by George Furth, music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Leslie Bennett
March 3, 4, 5*, 10, 11, 12*, 2017
Crafton-Preyer Theatre

“Anon(ymous)” by Naomi Iizuka
Directed by Jason Bohon
March 31, April 1, 2*, 4, 5, 6, 2017
William Inge Memorial Theatre

“Don Giovanni” Music by Wolfgang Mozart, Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
Directed by John Stephens
April 21, 23*, 27, 29, 2017
Crafton-Preyer Theatre
Staged in cooperation with the School of Music, featuring the KU Symphony Orchestra under the direction of David Neely.

Unless noted, all performances are at 7:30 p.m. or *2:30 p.m. matinees.

Ticket prices and purchasing information is available at www.kutheatre.com or by calling 785-864-3381.

For more information on the University Theatre, visit www.KUTheatre.com or follow @KUTheatre on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.