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Current Production Season

In this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the show will indeed go on!

UW Theatre & Dance is creating new works and investigating new modes of engaging and connecting with our audiences for the upcoming 2020-2021 production season.

While we’ve had to make some changes to our lineup, and some production plans are still in flux, we are excited to flex our creative muscles in new ways this season and to share our work with you!

Our summer season has helped us to fine tune our technological expertise and make plans to offer our upcoming season productions in a variety of forms, as circumstances dictate.

The first two shows of our season will be available virtually only, but we anticipate perhaps producing spring shows in person.  Watch for more details.

We hope you can join us for this unusual season, as we find the opportunities inherent in every challenge and encourage growth and innovation in our student artists! 


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Asking Strangers the Meaning of Life (COMEDY)

Written and directed by William Missouri Downs

September 24-26, 2020, October 1 - 3, 7:30 p.m. MDT LiveStream Performances

This pandemic comedy designed for Zoom asks the most timely of questions: what is the meaning of life?

When a blasé writer meets the ghost of Franz Kafka, the encounter sets off an existential chain of events that forces him and others to confront their own meaning and purpose. Smart, funny, and insightful, this mash-up of the ideas of Simone de Beauvoir, Voltaire, Fran Leibowitz, Nietzsche, Bangambiki Habyarimana, Victor Frankl, and many more tells a humorous story about existentialism, absurdity, faith, fame, God and the ragged, complicated, paradoxical, joyful inconsistency that is life.

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She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms

Directed by Landee Lockhart

February  23 - 28, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Livestream

She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream (DANCE)

Choreographed by Marsha Knight
Score by Felix Mendelssohn

March 18 - 20, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
March 20 - 21, 2021, 2:00 p.m.
Livestream performance from the BCPA Main Stage

This dance adaptation of Shakespeare’s fantastical comedy depicts the romantic adventures and humorous misadventures of two pairs of mortal lovers and the king and queen of the fairies, as they span the worlds between dream and reality. Masked intrigue and the unexpected vagaries of fate take on new meaning in these challenging times, as our lovers move about in a strange and evocative new world.

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29 (SONG CYCLE)

Book, lyrics, & music by Gaby Alter and Tommy Newman
Directed by Seán Stone, with choreography by Cat Kamrath

Streaming April 9 -17, 7:30 p.m. MST

29 is a dramatic song-cycle that asks, “What does it mean to become an adult?” The show is a tapestry of characters who face defining moments of growing up in their twenties, who experience everything from getting a job and finding a roommate, to an unexpected pregnancy and a parent’s illness. As time and adulthood brings increased separation and loss, its characters struggle to stay connected to each other and to their real selves; even though the world may seem like it is coming undone, we are not alone.

Both the songs and scenes in 29 are self-contained dramatic stories. Each story illustrates a turning point in the familiar journey from innocence to experience.

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As You Like It (CLASSIC)

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Patrick Konesko

April 29 - May 1, 7:30 p.m., May 2, 2:00 p.m.
Location TBA

When Rosalind falls in love with a young man named Orlando, she is banished from court by her uncle Duke Frederick and forced into exile. Joined by her cousin Celia and the court jester Touchstone, Rosalind seeks refuge in the forest of Arden disguised as a boy, Ganymede, wherein begins a beguiling game of love identity. Shakespeare’s slightly subversive romantic comedy is reimagined here as a charming and old-fashioned Foley-style radio show. 


 


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