2015-2016 Season

All performances are held in Todd Theatre on the University of Rochester's River Campus.

Fall 2015

Under Milk Wood

By Dylan Thomas

Director & Set Design, Nigel Maister
Costume Design, Tilly Grimes
Lighting Design, Seth Reiser
Sound Design & Original Music, Obadiah Eaves
Voice & Acting Coaching, Alexa Scott-Flaherty

October 8–17, 2015

Show Times
October 8–10 at 8:00 a.m.
October 10–11 at 3:00 p.m.
October 14–17 at 8:00 p.m.

The UR International Theatre Program opens its 26th season with a rare, fully staged production of Dylan Thomas’s glorious and haunting poetic drama, Under Milk Wood, directed by Nigel Maister.

Thomas’s beloved theatrical work for voices is given clarity, power and is imaginatively re-invented in a staging that uses objects, multi-media, and music to bring Thomas’s small town world of a village in Wales to life. One of the most idiosyncratic and evocative works for the theatre written in the 20th century, Under Milk Wood traces the subtlety of love and desire with affection, humor, insight, and some of the most beautiful language ever written for the English stage.

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The Sundance Kid Is Beautiful—A Special Event

Writers, Christopher Knowles, Noah Khoshbin
Performer, Christopher Knowles
Staging, Noah Khoshbin, Andrew Gilchrist
Lighting Design, Scott Bolman, John Torres
Sound Design, Paul Coleman, Benjamin Manglos, Bryce Kretchmann
Stage Design, Eugene Tsai, Noah Khoshbin, Andrew Gilchrist

October 26, 2015

Show Times
October 26 at 7:00 p.m. (followed by a talk with the artist)

The Sundance Kid is Beautiful presents the work of Christopher Knowles, the multitalented poet, performer, and visual artist in a staged environment that incorporates many of his diverse approaches.

Knowles performs multiple actions in different time and scale registers in concert with more than a dozen short texts, including The Sundance Kid is Beautiful, selections from his libretto for Robert Wilson and Phillip Glass’s landmark opera Einstein on the Beach, and others. Knowles’s performance draws the audience into his whimsical, witty, and dream-like world, allowing viewers to engage with his compelling practice on its own mesmerizing terms.

This event is free and open to the public, with tickets only needed for entry and only available at the door.

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By Federico Garcia Lorca

Director, Gisela Cardenas
Set Design, Arnulfo Maldonado
Costume Design, Oana Botez
Lighting Design, Mike Inwood
Sound Design & Original Music, Brendan Connelly
Voice & Acting Coaching, Alexa Scott-Flaherty

December 3–12, 2015

Show Times
December 3–5 at 8:00 p.m.
December 6 at 3:00 p.m.
December 9–11 at 8:00 p.m.
December 12 at 6:00 p.m. (Please note early curtain time!)

Lorca’s magnificent and brutal drama about yearning and desire in rural Spain comes to life in a dazzling production by Gisella Cardenas.

Desperation, longing, and passion are the hallmarks of Lorca’s work, and Yerma, considered to be one of his masterpieces, contains some of the most searing and powerful poetry ever written for the stage. One woman’s desire to conceive, frustrated by her husband and society, lead to a shocking transgression of a restrictive world’s concepts of duty, honor, and fidelity.

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Spring 2016

UR Performing! The Talent Edition

January 22–23, 2016

Show Times
January 22–23 at 8:00 p.m.

URPerforming! The Talent Edition is a celebration of all performers and performance genres at the University of Rochester. This year's edition aims to create a "UR's Got Talent" format, with individual and small-group performers across as many mediums as we can muster competing for a large cash prize...talent, celebrity judges and more!

Open Round on Friday, January 22, 2016 is followed by the Final on Saturday, January 23, 2016!

Seating is limited for this free event. Tickets are only needed for entry, and available only at the door.

Eighteenth Annual One-Act New Play Festival

Written, Acted, Designed and Directed by Students
Curator, David Henderson

March 17–19, 2016

Show Times
March 17–19 at 8:00 p.m.
March 19 at 3:00 p.m.

This production is written, acted, designed and directed by students and curated by David Henderson. Tickets are $3 and available only at the door, one hour before the show.

Mother Courage and Her Children

Original Score and Musical Direction, Matt Marks
Director, Nigel Maister
Set Design, Amy Rubin
Costume Design, Tilly Grimes
Lighting Design, Thomas Dunn
Sound Design, Obadiah Eaves
Movement & Choreography, Missy Pfohl Smith

April 7–23, 2016

Show Times
April 7–9 at 8:00 p.m.
April 10 at 2:00 p.m.
April 13–16 at 8:00 p.m.
April 17 at 2:00 p.m.
April 20–23 at 8:00 p.m.

The UR International Theatre Program commissions its first original theatrical score, a pop-rock version of Bertolt Brecht’s timely and powerful work about the brutality and sacrifice of war, with music by acclaimed up-and-coming composer, Matt Marks, and directed by Nigel Maister.

Brecht’s original play (Mother Courage and her Children) is considered by many to be the greatest anti-war play ever written and one of the towering achievements of 20th-century drama. Marks’ contemporary music, which mixes genres from rock to pop, imbues this superb drama about greed, hunger, and the rapacity of conflict with a driving immediacy and explosive contemporary energy. Score World Premiere.

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