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Unless noted, all performances are Friday-Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm


Dancing at Lughnasa

This extraordinary play is the story of five unmarried sisters eking out their lives in a small village in Ireland in l936. We meet them at the time of the festival of Lughnasa, which celebrates the pagan god of the harvest with drunken revelry and dancing. Their spare existence is interrupted by brief, colorful bursts of music from the radio, their only link to the romance and hope of the world at large. The action of the play is told through the memory of the illegitimate son of one of the sisters as he remembers the five women who raised him, his mother and four maiden aunts. He is only seven in 1936, the year his elderly uncle, a priest, returns after serving for twenty-five years as a missionary in a Ugandan leper colony. For the young boy, two other disturbances occur that summer. The sisters acquire their first radio, whose music transforms them from correct Catholic women to shrieking, stomping banshees in their own kitchen. And he meets his father for the first time, a charming Welsh drifter who strolls up the lane and sweeps his mother away in an elegant dance across the fields. From these small events spring the cracks that destroy the foundation of the family forever. Widely regarded as Brian Friel's masterpiece, this haunting play is Friel's tribute to the spirit and valor of the past.

Playwright: Brian Friel

Runs September 11-12, 2015 
Mainstage Theatre


Ticket prices: Adults: $16; Senior Citizens/Active Military: $12; Non-UWF Students/UWF Faculty/UWF Staff: $10; Youth: $5; UWF Students with valid Nautilus card: Free


Rocky Horror Picture Show featuring a shadow cast

Original film directed by Jim Sharman

Probably the oddest, most off-the-wall cult film ever made, this kinky rock'n'roll science fiction horror satire is everybody's favourite midnight show. A young couple stumbles into a castle inhabited by weirdos from the planet Transylvania including Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry) a transvestite Frankenstein in rhinestone heels. A marvelous musical spoof which urges, "Give yourself over to absolute pleasure."

Runs September 26, 2015 
Mainstage Theatre
 

 

Three Postcards 

The place is a trendy restaurant in Greenwich Village, empty except for Bill (the pianist) and Walter (the waiter). Three young women, Big Jane, Little Jane and K.C., arrive for dinner, and for the conversation, daydreams and memories which then engage them. Deceptively simple and often very funny their table talk is mostly about everyday things, but in the fantasies to which they escape the veneers of their lives are peeled back as they regress to childhood, take an imagined trip to outer space, or reveal the problems besetting their marriages and careers. Punctuated by songs, accompanied (and sometimes joined in) by Bill, and with Walter (the waiter) assuming a variety of roles as the action requires, the play probes deftly and surely ever deeper until (in the words of Edith Oliver) "At the end, when Little Jane hands her credit card to Walter, there is little we do not know about the inner and outer lives of these three women over the years."

By Craig Lucas and Craig Carnelia
 
Runs October 16-18 & 23-25, 2015
Studio Theatre
 

Space is extremely limited, so reservations are highly recommended. Due to the layout of the seating, latecomers will not be admitted until intermission.

Ticket prices: Adults: $16; Senior Citizens/Active Military: $12; Non-UWF Students/UWF Faculty/UWF Staff: $10; Youth: $5; UWF Students with valid Nautilus card: Free


A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas

This theatrical and spirited version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL puts the phantasmagoric qualities of Charles Dickens' classic tale center stage. A swirling, dancing chorus of ghosts that weave through this uplifting holiday story of redemption, magic and hope. The play has been performed for almost a million people over the years at Houston's Alley Theatre, Hartford Stage and Washington, D.C.'s historic Ford's Theatre.

By Charles Dickens, Adapted for the stage by Michael Wilson

Runs December 4-6 & 11-13, 2015
Mainstage Theatre
 


Ticket prices: Adults: $16; Senior Citizens/Active Military: $12; Non-UWF Students/UWF Faculty/UWF Staff: $10; Youth: $5; UWF Students with valid Nautilus card: Free


Oklahoma!

Rodgers & Hammerstein's first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love's journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA!

By Hammerstein and Rodgers, Based on the Lynn Rigg’s 1931 play

Runs February 19-21 & 26-28, 2016 
Mainstage Theatre
 

Ticket prices: Adults: $16; Senior Citizens/Active Military: $12; Non-UWF Students/UWF Faculty/UWF Staff: $10; Youth: $5; UWF Students with valid Nautilus card: Free


On the Verge

The play follows the adventures of three Victorian women explorers into what they believe to be Terra Incognita, a new, unexplored land. The three are from very different exploration backgrounds but all exhibit their own form of independence. From the world in general and specifically men. The three together discuss many aspects of their pasts in exploring, with Mary and Fanny frequently trying to outdo each other. As the ladies progress on their travels it becomes apparent that they are not on an ordinary journey.

By Eric Overmyer
 
Runs April 8-10 & 15-17, 2016
Studio Theatre
 

Space is extremely limited, so reservations are highly recommended. Due to seating configuration, latecomers will not be seated until intermission.

Ticket prices: Adults: $16; Senior Citizens/Active Military: $12; Non-UWF Students/UWF Faculty/UWF Staff: $10; Youth: $5; UWF Students with valid Nautilus card: Free