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Theatre Season 2016-2017

A Sense of Purpose – University Theatre Season 2016-2017

University of the Ozarks Theatre is proud to announce the 2016-2017 season – A SENSE OF PURPOSE.  This year we celebrate our 97th anniversary of producing theatre with three widely different mainstage productions – each offered with a unique production style:  TRUE WEST (Comedy) by Sam Shepard, SHOOTING STAR by Steven Dietz and LAUNDRY AND BOURBON/ LONE STAR by James McLure.  These theatre pieces are bound by a simple question: “What is our sense of purpose?”


The desire to identify one’s own purpose in this world perplexed even the ancient Greeks.  Socrates, a Greek Philosopher who died in 339 BC, once exclaimed, “The unexamined life is not worth living.   The propositions put forward by these three pieces remain forthright: when we can look at ourselves through the perspectives of others, we can develop true self-awareness-- based not on fantasy, denial, and assumption, but on compassion, love, and forgiveness. This season, we use these three unique productions as springboards for our study of a sense of purpose, one derived from an examined life. We hope that you will join us in this investigation as we explore what it means to become self-aware, to develop a sense of purpose, and the perils we risk if we choose to remain inwardly blind.

    The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, and to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”    ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

We open this season with the 1983 Pulitzer Prize Finalist play TRUE WEST by Sam Shepard.  

TRUE WEST will be our entry into the Arkansas State, Kennedy Center, American College Theatre Festival in late October.

 

TRUE WEST by Sam Shepard (pending rights approval)

October 13, 14, & 15

7:30 pm on Thursday and Friday

3:00 pm on Saturday

Walton Fine Arts Center - Seay Theatre

Content advisory: Adult Language.

 The story:  This American classic explores alternatives that might spring from the demented terrain of the California landscape. Sons of a desert dwelling alcoholic and a suburban wanderer clash over a film script. Austin, the achiever, is working on a script he has sold to producer Sal Kimmer when Lee, a demented petty thief, drops in. He pitches his own idea for a movie to Kimmer, who then wants Austin to junk his bleak, modern love story and write Lee's trashy Western tale.

"'True West' has ... arguably become Shepard's signature piece, the leanest, most pointed of his full-length works." - David Krasner, A Companion to Twentieth Century American Drama.

"Shepard's masterwork.... It tells us a truth, as glimpsed by a 37 year old genius." - New York Post

"It's clear, funny, naturalistic. It's also opaque, terrifying, surrealistic. If that sounds contradictory, you're on to one aspect of Shepard's winning genius; the ability to make you think you're watching one thing while at the same time he's presenting another." - San Francisco Chronicle

In December we offer up our Theatre Student Showcase featuring our acting and directing students.  The Theatre Student Showcase will feature monologues and scenes from 20+ shows. 

THEATRE STUDENT SHOWCASE

December 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Walton Fine Arts Center – Black Box Theatre

Content advisory:  Adult themes and language. 

 

Continuing in our examination of a sense of purpose, we next present ta romantic comedy, SHOOTING STAR. 

 

SHOOTING STAR by Steven Dietz

February 23, 24, & 25

7:30 pm on Thursday and Friday

3:00 pm on Saturday

Walton Fine Arts Center – Black Box Theatre

Content advisory:  None. 

 

Finally, bringing the 97th theatre season to a close, we present James McLure's comedies, LAUNDRY AND BOURBON / LONE STAR

 

 

Laundry & BOURBON / LONE STAR by James McLure

April 20, 21, & 22

7:30 pm on Thursday and Friday

3:00 pm on Saturday

Walton Fine Arts Center - Seay Theatre

Content advisory:  Adult humor. 

 

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