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UNIVERSITY THEATRE 2018-2019 SEASON


University Theatre is total entertainment!

Sept. 21-30

OKLAHOMA FESTIVAL BALLET BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE L’ENFANT ET LES SORTILÈGES Oct. 11-14

Nov. 2-11 Nov. 30-Dec. 8 Jan. 24-27

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

YOUNG CHOREOGRAPHERS’ SHOWCASE Feb. 13-17

March 1-10 April 5-14

DOGFIGHT

RODELINDA

GRAND HOTEL, THE MUSICAL

CONTEMPORARY DANCE OKLAHOMA April 26-May 4

TWELFTH NIGHT


University Theatre is total entertainment!

University Theatre has carefully selected a season of plays, musicals, operas and dance productions that will take your breath away. Some are familiar, some are new, some are traditional and some are surprising.

Pick the package that’s right for you! COMPLETE PACKAGE This package gives you the entire season of “LIVE” theatrical entertainment with nine exciting productions of dance, drama, opera and musical theatre. VARIETY PACKAGE Sample four entertaining productions throughout the season, one each of dance, drama, opera and musical theatre.

Benefits for our valued subscribers! PRIORITY SEATING Subscribers receive first choice of the best seats in the house. GREAT SAVINGS Purchase season tickets and save up to 24 percent off the single-ticket price. DELIVERY OF TICKETS For your convenience, tickets are mailed directly to you, eliminating waiting in line. EXCLUSIVE EXCHANGE PRIVILEGES Only season subscribers can exchange tickets at no charge. REPLACEMENT TICKETS Should your tickets be lost, replacement tickets are provided as a courtesy.

Welcome from the University Theatre Producer Dear Loyal Theatregoers and Friends, Please accept my thanks on behalf of all at University Theatre for your enthusiastic interest in our students and programs, and our entire season of productions! All of us – designers, directors, technicians, performers and staff—deeply appreciate your attendance at our productions as well as your support of our dedicated efforts to bring you a season that surpasses expectations. Whether you are new to our season or a longtime attendee, we are pleased to welcome you to the 2018—2019 season. Following our highly successful 2017-2018 season, “What’s Next at University Theatre” will delight our audience with the discovery of a new script, plot, score or piece of choreography. It may also be a favorite reimagined by our talented artistic staff of directors, designers and technicians. From a Shakespearean classic to a musical set in the 1960s military to the majesty of Rodelinda and the cool, clear neoclassicism of Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, “What’s Next” becomes a season of rich surprises. Add Dickens’ beloved A Christmas Carol in a brand-new adaptation that capitalizes on everything you love about the original, to the dynamism and physicality of modern dance, two one-act operas high on drama, and a truly grand Grand Hotel, and it becomes a season we rejoice in sharing with you! It’s a pleasure to announce that ticket sales have taken an upward turn so be certain to order your season tickets today. We greatly look forward to sharing all the artistry and excitement of our 2018-2019 season. You’re going to love it! Stay cool and remember opening night is Sept. 21!

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A world premiere ballet tribute set to Maya Angelou’s poem, Still I Rise!

Oklahoma Festival Ballet Choreography by George Balanchine, Alejandro Cerrudo, Amy Hall Garner and Nilas Martins 8 p.m. Sept. 21, 23, 27, 28 • 3 p.m. Sept. 23, 30 Elsie C. Brackett Theatre 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Maya Angelou’s modern day classic, And Still I Rise. Join us as we celebrate this powerful work of literature with a world premiere by New York City-based choreographer, Amy Hall Garner. This diverse production will also feature the return of George Balanchine’s stunning Concerto Barocco to the company’s repertoire in addition to Nilas Martins’ Les Noces. Rounding out the program will be the Oklahoma premiere of internationally renowned choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo’s Lickety Split. Experience the resilience and power of the human spirit through the art of dance with Oklahoma Festival Ballet.

Everything in the universe Has a rhythm, Everything dances.

This production is suitable for all audiences.

— Maya Angelou

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CELEBRATING 100 YEARS

HOLMBERG HALL

BÉLA BARTÓK

Bluebeard’s Castle L’enfant et Les Sortilèges Béla Balázs, Librettist

MAURICE RAVEL

Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, Librettist

Jonathan Shames, Artistic Director and Conductor William Ferrara, Stage Director 8 p.m. Oct. 11, 12, 13 • 3 p.m. Oct. 14 Reynolds Performing Arts Center Is humankind condemned to endlessly repeat its tragic history? Is it our nature to destroy what we love? OU Opera and the OU Symphony Orchestra come together to explore these themes in two fascinating 20th century one-act operas.

BARTÓK &RAVEL TWO ONE-ACT OPERAS

Hungarian composer Béla Bartók ’s Bluebeard’s Castle is a dark retelling of the familiar tale: Judith, Bluebeard’s new wife, insists on knowing what is hidden behind the locked doors of his castle — but as she opens each door, Judith gradually uncovers Bluebeard’s terrible secret. Presented in English. By contrast, Maurice Ravel’s surreal fantasy L’enfant et Les Sortilèges (The Child and the Enchantments) presents a more hopeful view of human nature. As the opera opens, an angry little boy throws a destructive temper tantrum. Suddenly, a series of strange and wonderful creatures come to life to scold, punish, and ultimately forgive him. Presented in French. This production contains adult themes.

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A young soldier learns the power of compassion when he plays a cruel joke on an unsuspecting girl.

Dogfight Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul with Book by Peter Duchan Lyn Cramer, Director and Choreographer 8 p.m. Nov. 2, 3, 8, 9 • 3 p.m. Nov. 3, 4, 11 Weitzenhoffer Theatre The Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre presents the hauntingly beautiful musical, Dogfight, by lyricists Pasek and Paul (Dear Evan Hansen, LaLa Land, The Greatest Showman) and Peter Duchan (book). The intimate show was praised by countless critics and nominated for numerous awards, winning the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. Based on the 1991 Warner Brothers film, Dogfight takes audiences on a romantic and heartbreaking theatrical journey that stays with you long after the performance. It’s Nov. 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.

This production contains adult themes.

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Dickens’ classic tale of love and redemption is the perfect entertainment for the holiday season.

A Christmas Carol Story by Charles Dickens Adapted and Directed by Tom Huston Orr 8 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 6, 7 • 3 p.m. Dec. 1, 2, 8 Elsie C. Brackett Theatre Open your heart to Charles Dickens’ beloved story of one man’s ultimate journey of redemption. Let the magic, music and dance whisk you into the Yuletide spirit! Soon to be one of OU’s favorite holiday traditions, A Christmas Carol is a perfect gift of theatre for children and adults of all ages. Celebrate the season with the ones you love!

This production is suitable for all audiences.

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An entire evening of choreographic premieres you must see!

Young Choreographers’ Showcase 8 p.m. Jan. 24, 25, 26 • 3 p.m. Jan. 27 Reynolds Performing Arts Center

Young Choreographers’ Showcase highlights a variety of innovative works choreographed by School of Dance students. Specially selected for this production, these dance works feature a wide array of movement styles and incorporate lighting design by students from the Helmerich School of Drama. Young Choreographers’ Showcase is an imaginatively creative collaboration and an annual favorite guaranteed to entertain.

This production is suitable for all audiences.

CELEBRATING 100 YEARS

HOLMBERG HALL

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“The human voice is the soul made audible.” — William Ferrara

Rodelinda George Frideric Handel, Composer Nicola Francesco Haym, Librettist Jonathan Shames, Artistic Director and Conductor William Ferrara, Stage Director 8 p.m. Feb. 13, 14, 15, 16 • 3 p.m. Feb. 17 Weitzenhoffer Theatre A mother’s courage and fidelity are tested when her husband is presumed dead and the life of their child is threatened. A husband feigns his own death in one of several attempts to save his family. These interlocking dramas and their protagonists—a royal family of Lombardy— gain impetus from the background of power politics against which they take place. Handel’s gorgeous music perfectly expresses the passion and heartbreak in this taut and moving drama. Presented in Italian.

This production includes adult themes.

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1920s extravagance and opulence sweep across the stage in this Tony Award-winning musical.

Grand Hotel, The Musical Book by Luther Davis Music and Lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest with Additional Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston 8 p.m. March 1, 2, 8, 9 • 3 p.m. March 3, 10 Elsie C. Brackett Theatre

Come spend a night or two in the world’s most luxurious and mysterious hotel. The esteemed Luther Davis provides the book in collaboration with the prolific, distinguished composer-lyricist team of Robert Wright and George Forrest to create Grand Hotel, a seamless musical that won multiple Tony and Drama Desk awards. It is 1928. The world is between wars, the stock market is booming, Berlin is the center of high life and optimism rules the day. However, underneath it all, much is happening in the lives of Grand Hotel’s illustrious clients. Inspired by Vicki Baum’s period novel, issues of life and death, financial ruin, love and murder converge as people come and go through the lobby of the Grand Hotel. This production is suitable for all audiences.

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Merce Cunningham’s work is so personal, so rich. — Alastair Macaulay, New York Times

Contemporary Dance Oklahoma Guest choreography by Merce Cunningham with School of Dance faculty Austin Hartel, Leslie Kraus and Roxanne Lyst 8 p.m. April 5, 6, 12, 13 • 3 p.m. April 7, 14 Elsie C. Brackett Theatre Contemporary Dance Oklahoma pays homage to one of the pioneers of modern dance, Merce Cunningham, by celebrating the anniversary of this legend’s 100th birthday with a performance of one of his classic works, How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run. In addition, Austin Hartel’s On the Rim returns to the stage in a remounted version. The work, set to Ferde Grofé’s Grand Canyon Suite, carries the viewer through an awe-inspiring day in the Grand Canyon. This richly diverse program also includes new works by School of Dance faculty members, Leslie Kraus and Roxanne Lyst. There will be something for everyone in this highly expressive production by Contemporary Dance Oklahoma.

This production is suitable for all audiences.


A shipwreck, a love triangle, confusion, pairing, and a happy ending in one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies.

Twelfth Night, or

What You Will By William Shakespeare Alissa Mortimer, Director 8 p.m. April 26, 27, May 2, 3 • 3 p.m. April 27, 28, May 4 Weitzenhoffer Theatre “If music be the food of love, play on!” Set in an upsidedown world like a holiday revel, this Shakespearean favorite unwraps a romantic plot around separated twins, misplaced passions, and mistaken identity. Hailed by critics as one of Shakespeare’s perfectly crafted plays, Twelfth Night will enchant the entire family. This production is suitable for all audiences.

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CHOOSE A SERIES FOR YOUR PACKAGE 2nd FRIDAY SERIES - 8 p.m.

1st FRIDAY SERIES - 8 p.m.

Oklahoma Festival Ballet - Sept. 21 Bartók & Ravel - Oct. 12 Dogfight - Nov. 2 A Christmas Carol - Nov. 30 Young Choreographers’ Showcase - Jan. 25 Rodelinda - Feb. 15 Grand Hotel - March 1 Contemporary Dance Oklahoma - April 5 Twelfth Night - April 26

Oklahoma Festival Ballet - Sept. 28 Bartók & Ravel - Oct. 12 Dogfight - Nov. 9 A Christmas Carol - Dec. 7 Young Choreographers’ Showcase - Jan. 25 Rodelinda - Feb. 15 Grand Hotel - March 8 Contemporary Dance Oklahoma - April 12 Twelfth Night - May 3

1st SATURDAY SERIES - 8 p.m.

2nd SATURDAY SERIES - 8 p.m.

Oklahoma Festival Ballet - Sept. 27* (Thursday) Bartók & Ravel - Oct. 13 Dogfight - Nov. 3 A Christmas Carol - Dec. 1 Young Choreographers’ Showcase - Jan. 26 Rodelinda - Feb. 16 Grand Hotel - March 2 Contemporary Dance Oklahoma - April 6 Twelfth Night - April 27

Oklahoma Festival Ballet - Sept. 27* (Thursday) Bartók & Ravel - Oct. 13 Dogfight - Nov. 3* at 3 p.m. A Christmas Carol - Dec. 8* at 3 p.m. Young Choreographers’ Showcase - Jan. 26 Rodelinda - Feb. 16 Grand Hotel - March 9 Contemporary Dance Oklahoma - April 13 Twelfth Night - May 4*, at 3 p.m.

1st SUNDAY SERIES - 3 p.m.

2nd SUNDAY SERIES - 3 p.m.

Oklahoma Festival Ballet - Sept. 23 Bartók & Ravel - Oct. 14 Dogfight - Nov. 4 A Christmas Carol - Dec. 2 Young Choreographers’ Showcase - Jan. 27 Rodelinda - Feb. 17 Grand Hotel - March 3 Contemporary Dance Oklahoma - April 7 Twelfth Night - April 28

Oklahoma Festival Ballet - Sept. 30 Bartók & Ravel - Oct. 14 Dogfight - Nov. 11 A Christmas Carol - Dec. 2 Young Choreographers’ Showcase - Jan. 27 Rodelinda - Feb. 17 Grand Hotel - March 10 Contemporary Dance Oklahoma - April 14 Twelfth Night - April 27* at 3 p.m. (Saturday)

* Denotes change to normal time or day in series.

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Whether you are new to our season or a longtime attendee, we are pleased to welcome you to the 2018—2019 University Theatre season at the Un...

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Whether you are new to our season or a longtime attendee, we are pleased to welcome you to the 2018—2019 University Theatre season at the Un...

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