Sunday, October 21, 2018

UTA’s Department of Theatre Arts presents MavLab Plays

The University of Texas at Arlington’s Maverick Theatre Company presents MavLab. Experience the exciting, thought provoking plays that make up the Maverick Theatre Company’s MavLab! This semester’s series includes THE SHOCK OF RECOGNITION by Robert Anderson, directed by UTA Theatre Arts student Coy Rubalcaba, LADIES IN WAITING by Michele Palermo, directed by Assistant Professor of Instruction Detra Payne, and the world premiere of SOME SUNNY DAY written and directed by UTA Theatre Arts student Straton Rushing.

THE SHOCK OF RECOGNITION, by Robert Anderson, breaks in on a difference of opinion between an earnest young dramatist and his matter-of-fact producer who doesn’t like the opening moment of the play. A wife is having breakfast in bed and she says something to her husband, who is in the bathroom. He comes out, jaybird naked, and yells to her, "You know I can’t hear you when the water’s running." The producer doesn’t think this confrontation is quite nice or necessary. The author insists that the scene is quite important and, after all, it lasts only an instant. A quarrel over taste develops.

LADIES IN WAITING is written by Michele Palermo. In a room at All Saints Church fifty minutes before her wedding, Julie and her bridesmaids are together for the first time in over a year. As they get dressed, do makeup and their hair, they talk about marriage, careers, dating and even death.

SOME SUNNY DAY, written by Theatre Arts student Straton Rushing, is derived from the lines of Vera Lynn’s song “We’ll Meet Again”. The play follows a year in the life of Will Kolikov, a young man living in the early 2000s, who is trying to make a career in radio when things begin to fall apart for him. This bittersweet play explores how we pick up the pieces and start over through music, poetry, and the stories that need to be told most.

THE SHOCK OF RECOGNITION and LADIES IN WAITING will be performed on the same evening with THE SHOCK OF RECOGNITION performing first, followed by a brief intermission with LADIES IN WAITING performing after. The price of admission includes both performances. Performances are presented October 31 & November 2 at 8:00 p.m. and November 3 at 2:30 p.m.. SOME SUNNY DAY will be presented November 1 & 3 at 8:00 p.m. and November 4 at 2:30 p.m.. All performances will be at 502 S. Cooper Street, The Studio Theatre, Room 137 of Fine Arts Building North. Tickets are $10 for general admission.

For further information, please contact the UT Arlington Department of Theatre Arts box office at 817.272.2669.

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