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Theatre Season 2017-2018

University of the Ozarks - Department of Theatre celebrates our 98th anniversary this year.  We open our season with the 2010 Obie Award winning Best New American Play for Performance, Ensemble, and Directing, CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION, a comedy by Annie Baker.  CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION was also nominated for the Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Play and Outstanding Director of a Play, and the cast was awarded a special Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performances. It was the second most produced play in the United States in 2010.

This season our theatre productions take a closer look at a human process that does not necessarily align itself with any particular dogma, creed, or religious doctrine, but instead is an experiential practice of the ways we live our lives.  Our season theme for 2017-2018 is Involution.  Involution is the evolution of our inner-self.

The idea that we enslave ourselves due to a lack of a deeper understanding of our nature is peculiar; our lack of self-awareness can only prolong the loneliness we each undergo at different points in our lives.  When we examine the process of Involution, we realize that self-awareness is an essential building block of inner transformation and freedom. 

Barbara Fredrickson is a leading scholar within social and positive psychology. In her research, she examines how micro-moments of positivity have profound and lasting effects on human relationships. Life happens in these micro-moments, not just the macro-moments of our conscious awareness, and it’s these small moments that change us the most. It is my hope that as our audiences witness characters from our plays this season learning to live in the now, we will all be encouraged to look inward and begin to know our own hearts more fully. 

·        Annie Baker’s comedy, CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION lets us focus in on the process of involution as we begin to “see with hilarious detail and clarity, the antic sadness of a motley quintet” as they overcome loneliness in their lives and discover, by looking inward, what they can actually become.  CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION is about the transformation of the inner self to free the outer self and plays: October 12, 13 & 14, 2017 in Seay Theatre. General admission: $8, Faculty, Staff, & Students of Ozarks: Free with Ozarks ID. (Limited Seating)

·         Dec 1 – Showcase, Black Box Theatre: THEATRE STUDENT SHOWCASE

This showcase features monologues and scenes from a variety of works and introduces our new theatre students to the Ozarks stage.  The showcase has only one performance on Friday, Dec. 2 with free admission with limited seating.

·         Feb 22, 23 & 24, 2018 – Winter Show, Black Box Theatre: TBA. General admission: $8, Faculty, Staff, & Students of Ozarks: Free with Ozarks ID. (Limited Seating)

·         April 26, 27 & 28, 2018 – Spring Show, Seay Theatre: TBA. General admission: $8, Faculty, Staff, & Students of Ozarks: Free with Ozarks ID.

Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”   C.G. Jung

 What I do is the truest mirror of who I am.”   Craig D. Lounsbrough

 Bruce B. Brown

 

Walton Professor of Theatre

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