University of Rochester

New Theater Season Offers Variety with Four Popular Plays

October 3, 1997

This year, the University of Rochester International Theatre Program will stage four widely favored plays. Composing the new season's line-up will be a classic American drama, two modern American comedies, and a Spanish tragedy. Michael Frayn's hilarious Noises Off launches the season, followed by the Spanish-translated The House of Bernarda Alba, Arthur Miller's classic Death of a Salesman, and the modern comedy Beyond Therapy.

Mervyn Willis, now in his sixth season as the Theater Program's artistic director, and South African Nigel Maister, embarking on his second year as associate director, lead the program's gathering of international talent, which includes Russian designer Nikita Tkachuk.

ADMISSION: All productions are $8 for general admission; $7 for staff, faculty, and seniors; and $5 for students. Group discounts are available. Visa and MasterCard accepted. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or by calling (585) 275-4088.

STAGE: Todd Theater in Todd Union, corner of Wilson Boulevard and Alumni Road on the University of Rochester River Campus

PARKING: Free parking is available after 7 p.m. and all weekend in University lots and on Wilson Boulevard.

NOISES OFF by Michael Frayn

OPENS: Thursday, Oct. 23 DATES: Oct. 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31 and Nov. 1, 2 TIMES: All shows are at 8 p.m., except Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 matinees at 3 p.m.

The season begins with Michael Frayn's modern comic farce, Noises Off. A success on Broadway and in London's West End, the play follows the trials and tribulations, on stage and off, of a batch of actors attempting to stage an "impossible play" and take it on tour. Theatrical laughs and mayhem follow, when art and life intertwine and collide. Mervyn Willis will direct. Featured will be sets and costumes by Nikita Tkachuk, lighting by Joel Tishcoff, and sound design by Obadiah Eaves. THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA by Federico Garcia Lorca translated by Michael Dewell and Carmen Zapata

OPENS: Thursday, Dec. 4 DATES: Dec. 4-7, 11-13 TIMES: All shows are at 8 p.m., except Dec. 7 matinee at 3 p.m.

The House of Bernarda Alba is considered one of the masterpieces of Spanish drama. This production--a tribute to the brief life of the playwright, who was born 100 years ago in 1998--is a tragedy about women imprisoned by family, tradition, and desire. Nigel Maister will direct; the play will feature sets and lighting by Scott A. Perich, costumes by Kristin Loeffler, and an original score and sound design by Obadiah Eaves.

DEATH OF A SALESMAN by Arthur Miller

OPENS: Thursday, Feb. 26 DATES: Feb. 26-28 and March 1, 5-7 TIMES: All shows are at 8 p.m., except March 1 matinee at 3 p.m.

This classic American drama, long considered one of the great plays of the 20th century, has been staged numerous times and adapted into a successful film starring Dustin Hoffman. It is a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about the frustrations, failures and tragic shortcomings of the American dream. The University's production is directed by Nigel Maister. Production designers are: Kristin Loeffler, sets and costumes; Jeff Croiter, lighting; and Obadiah Eaves, sound.

BEYOND THERAPY by Christopher Durang

OPENS: Thursday, April 23 DATES: April 23-26 and 30, and May 1, 2 TIMES: All shows are at 8 p.m., except April 26 matinee at 3 p.m.

Beyond Therapy pairs a mismatched couple with two unstable therapists. Writer Christopher Durang is an Obie-award winning, Tony-nominated playwright and one of America's funniest writers. Director Mervyn Willis' interpretation of this modern comedy of psychotherapeutic manners will feature sets and costumes by Craig Clipper, lighting by Mark Scarborough, and original score and sound design by Alexandros.