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2021-2022 Production Season

WELCOME BACK!

The students and faculty of the University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance are thrilled to welcome you, our patrons, back for in-person theatre and dance performances this production season!

Last year, we committed to creating and presenting work despite the challenges created by the COVID19 pandemic, social distancing, and theatres remaining closed. We learned new technologies and ways of interacting on stage to help us stay connected with each other and with you.

We approach an ambitious new production season with gratitude for the opportunity to share again together in the magic of live performance. We proceed bearing in mind the very real necessity to protect the health and safety of our company members and patrons, and mindful that the future is still somewhat uncertain.

Come join us for the first WYOpen Stages offerings to support diverse work; a top-shelf fall dance concert; a dramatization of the story of the “radium girls,” whose solidarity made workplaces safer; a collaborative production with UW Symphony of two full-length ballets from the Ballet Russes; a dynamic Koresh Dance Company performance; and an original new comedy about the interplay of perception and reality.

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Las Pajaritas (WYOpen Stages)

By Jordan Ramirez Puckett
Produced by Cecilia Aragón & Patrick Konesko
Directed by Anne Mason

October 22 -23, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Buchanan Center for the Performing ArtsThrust Theatre

Our WYOpen Stages intiative, which features diverse voices and performers, kicks off with a staged reading of “Las Pajaritas,” which follows Lita, Anita, and Taylor, a close-knit, multigenerational family of Chicana women who live in the same apartment. As Taylor returns from her first year of college, the women struggle to understand one another, their evolving relationships, and the competing demands of duty and cultural identity.


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A Midsummer Night's Dream and Invited Works (Dance)

Choreographed by Marsha Knight, Paul Taylor, Keith Saunders, and Cat Kamrath

November 3 - 6, 2021, 7:30 p.m., November 7, 2021, 2:00 p.m. 
Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Main Stage

This full evening of dance begins with an original dance adaptation of Shakespeare’s fantastical comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and also features a remounting of renowned choreographer Paul Taylor’s beloved dance work, “Junction” (1961), as well as original new works by former Dance Theatre of Harlem ballet master Keith Saunders and UW Theatre & Dance faculty member Cat Kamrath.


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These Shining Lives (Drama)

By Melanie Marnich
Directed by Patrick Konesko

December 2 -4, 2021, 7:30 p.m., December 4, 2021, 2:00 p.m. 
Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Thrust Theatre

This award-winning play chronicles the strength and determination of the “radium girls,” who worked in a factory in the 1920’s and 30’s painting the faces of watches and clocks with a radioactive compound that eventually poisoned them. Theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as these young women refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits—or endanger the lives of those who come after them.


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Bless Me, Coatlicue (WYOpen Stages)

By Robert Con Davis-Undiano
Produced by Cecilia Aragón & Patrick Konesko
Directed by Cecilia Aragón

February 11 - 12, 2022, 7:30 p.m. 
Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Thrust Theatre

WYOpen Stages presents a staged reading of Bless Me, Coatlicue. This first play about the great Chicano writer Rudolfo Anaya, who passed away in 2020, tracks Anaya’s development and identity as a writer from the 1960’s through the end of his life, and especially his relationship to the curandera, or spiritual healer, who figures so prominently in his most acclaimed work, “Bless Me, Ultima.”


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Afternoon of a Faun / Petrushka (Ballet)

Choregraphed by Juliana Freude and Cat Kamrath
Conducted by Dr. Michael Griffith

March 29 - April 2, 2022, 7:30 p.m., April 3, 2:00 p.m. 
Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Main Stage

UW Symphony Orchestra joins UW Theatre & Dance in producing two fully-staged ballets from the repertoire of Sergei Diaghilev’s groundbreaking Ballets Russes, “Afternoon of a Faun,” composed by Claude Debussy, and “Petrushka,” composed by Igor Stravinsky. Based in Paris from 1909-1929, the Ballet Russes is widely regarded as the most influential ballet company of the 20th century.


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Koresh Dance Company (Dance)

Presenting special guest artists
The Koresh Dance Company

April 23, 7:30 p.m. 
Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Main Stage

Philadelphia-based Koresh Dance Company takes to the UW stage in a performance of critically acclaimed works. Founded in 1991 by Israeli-born choreographer and artistic director Ronen (Roni) Koresh, the company is known for its engaging performance and technically superb dancers, performing a vast repertoire of work that ranges from explosive and passionate to intimate and restrained.


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Ivanka vs. Reality (Comedy)

Written and directed by Lou Anne Wright & William Missouri Downs

April 21 - 23, 7:30 p.m., April 28 - 30, 7:30 p.m. 
Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Studio Theatre

Join us for playwright-in-residence William Missouri Downs’ last UW production! This new comedy inspired by Ivanka Trump’s line, “Perception is more important than reality” follows Sylvia, a divorced Hollywood screenwriter, as she desperately tries to keep her career from sliding into middle-aged oblivion. Dutifully, she takes a job writing a movie dubiously “based on a true story,” only to discover that Ivanka may be right.


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