We’re proud of the long history and success of UW Summer Theatre, which at 62 years old is the second oldest program west of the Mississippi!
This summer, we're not quite finished with construction and into our new performing space in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts, but summer theatre is back to its full season of three shows over six weeks.
We are excited to announce the 2015 summer theatre season will open with the widely acclaimed play ON GOLDEN POND, featuring UW and Wyoming's own Pete and Lynn Simpson, followed by THE MOUNTAINTOP, an imaginative and powerful depiction of MLK's last night, and MAD GRAVITY, playwright-in-residence William Missouri Downs' zany farce about living authentically and the meaning of life.
Here's a look at our upcoming 2015 summer season.
ON GOLDEN POND
Written by Ernest Thompson
DRAMA/COMEDY Lovable curmudgeon Norman Thayer is as tart-tongued as ever. His spirited wife, Ethel, delights in all the small things that have enriched their lives. Together, they are returning to their summer home on the lake for the 48th year and are soon visited by their adult daughter, her uptight fianceé, and his rebellious teenage son. ON GOLDEN POND is a heartwarming story about revisiting the past and forging new bonds across generations. This modern classic remains an inspiring celebration of the joy and romance of everyday living, love, and family. ON GOLDEN POND is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., New York, NY.
"ON GOLDEN POND is a work of rare simplicity and beauty, and in Thompson our theatre has found a fresh new voice." —NY Daily News
"…a rare and memorable theatrical experience…" —Variety
"What courage it must have taken for Mr. Thompson in the 1970's to write a play with so much affection in it!" —The New Yorker
By Katori Hall
A Broadway hit and winner of the 2010 Olivier Award for New Play, THE MOUNTAINTOP is a bold reimagining of the last night of the historic life of Dr. Martin Luther King. The exhausted civil rights leader has just retired to his room at the Lorraine Motel after delivering one of the most memorable speeches of his career. But when a feisty young maid arrives with some unexpected news, King is forced to confront his own humanity, his legacy, and the fate of our nation.
"Daring, rousing and provocative” — Entertainment Weekly
"Remarkable." —The Guardian
"Inventive and startlingly moving." —The Times (of London)
“Soul-stirring.” — Variety
Written and Directed By William Missouri Downs
WINNER, 2013 Reva Shiner Comedy Award from the Bloomington Playwrights Project
COMEDY/FARCE Performance artists Archie and Eudora have taken the idea of “theatre as life and life as theatre” a little too seriously — every night they “act” out their lives on a stage in their living room before a studio audience. But when their teenage daughter wants to marry the son of Joe and Mary and all parties convene to talk at Archie and Eudora’s house/theatre, their guests freak out at being put on display. The “performance” goes even more absurdly awry when a comet the size of Manhattan threatens to plunge the earth, the dinner party, and their audience into total darkness. Suddenly teenage nuptials seem the least of their concerns: Is this a sign from God or is it just gravity? And, among the great philosophical questions of life, what the hell is performance art?
"For a wildly different evening of fun theater.” - Bloomington Herald Times
"Downs is playing clever, agile games with reality, perception and identity here. This play is a highly elastic exercise in irony and self-awareness of from that put me in mind of The Stunt Man, and perhaps I’m a sucker for this stuff, but Mad Gravity is inspired satire and one of the best times you’re likely to have in a theatre this month.” - Arts Louisville
“funny, fast and thought-provoking” - Insider Louisville
Tickets are not yet on sale.
Individual admission prices are:
$10.00 for general public
$7.00 for students and seniors (and children over 5)
Group Sales – 20 or more tickets, 10% off anytime.
The Performing Arts Ticket Office is located in the Lobby of the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts.
HOURS: Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tickets can be ordered in person at the Ticket Office, or by calling 307-766-6666 or going online to the Performing Arts Ticket Office.
PLEASE NOTE: No refunds or exchanges after ticket purchase.
Summer seating for shows in the Studio Theatre is general admission and first come, first served. Please arrive early to secure the best seats.