$15 General Admission
$10 LU/LIT Faculty and Staff, Senior Citizens, Non-LU Students
$7 LU/LIT Students with a valid ID (limit one student ticket per ID)
Tickets may be purchased in person at the box office, open Monday-Friday from 2:30-4:30 p.m. and one hour before each performance. Tickets may also be reserved over the phone at (409) 880-2250. The box office accepts cash, checks, and all major credit/debit cards.
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A Kind of Alaska and The Dumb Waiter
By Harold Pinter
Directed by Joel Grothe
Feb. 9-11 at 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 12 at 2 p.m
LU Theatre presents two one act plays from different periods of the career of Nobel prize-winning British dramatist Harold Pinter. In The Dumb Waiter (1957), in a nondescript basement room, two hitmen - Gus and Ben - anxiously await their next assignment. "Small but perfectly formed, The Dumb Waiter might be considered the best of Harold Pinter's early plays, more consistent than The Birthday Party and sharper than The Caretaker. It combines the classic characteristics of early Pinter – a paucity of information and an atmosphere of menace, working-class small-talk in a claustrophobic setting – with an oblique but palpable political edge and, in so doing, can be seen as containing the germ of Pinter's entire dramatic oeuvre." -Michael Billington.
A Kind of Alaska, written in 1982, tells the story of Deborah, who suffered from encephalitis lethargica or 'sleepy sickness' and has been in a comatose state for 30 years. She still has the mind of 16 year old, and must confront a body that has aged without her consent. The play was inspired by the book Awakenings by Oliver Sacks, which documented the encephalitis epidemic that plagued Europe in the early 20th century before L DOPA was invented. More details.
In the news: University Press article.
Still Life With Iris
By Steven Dietz
Directed by Meredith Taylor
April 6-8 at 7:30 p.m.
April 9 at 2 p.m
Still Life with Iris is a fantastical adventure which centers on a little girl's search for the simplest of things: home. Iris lives with her mom in the land of Nocturno, a magical place in which the workers make, by night, all of the things we see in the world by day. Also, in Nocturno, memories do not reside in people's minds but instead are kept in their coats (called "Past Coats"). The rulers of Nocturno, the Great Goods, are determined to have the "best" of everything on their island, and therefore take Iris away from her home and bring her to Great Island to be their daughter. To ease the pain of this separation, they remove her Past Coat, leaving her with no memory of her home or her family. All that remains of Iris' past is a single button from her coat. Using the button as a clue, Iris joins with friends she meets on her journey - Annabel Lee (a young woman from the sea) and Mozart (the composer, age 11), and frees herself from the Great Goods.
Spring Dance Concert
April 21-22 at 7:30 p.m.
April 23 at 2 p.m.
Previously This Year:
By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Guest Director Amelia Fischer
Sept. 29 - Oct. 2, 2016
The Department of Theatre & Dance presents Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson, based on the true story and science of early 20th century female “computers” at Harvard Observatory. Astonishing discoveries await Henrietta Leavitt as she maps distant stars in galaxies beyond our own. But this brilliant, headstrong pioneer must struggle for recognition in the man’s world of turn-of-the-century astronomy.
In this exquisite blend of science, history, family ties, and fragile love, a passionate young woman must map her own passage through a society determined to keep a woman in her place. The play was a finalist for the Jane Chambers Award 2013. Headed by guest director Amelia Fischer, this production will be in the Studio Theatre. More details.
By Marc Camoletti, Translated & Adapted by Beverly Cross
Directed by Brian LeTraunik
Nov. 3 - 6, 2016
Lamar University’s Department of Theatre & Dance will present the Tony Award-winning comedy “Boeing Boeing,” by Marc Camoletti, translated and adapted by Beverly Cross, Nov. 3 to Nov. 6, in the University Theatre. The 1960s French farce tells the story of Bernard, a self-styled Parisian lothario, who is simultaneously engaged to three different airline hostesses. His master plan backfires when all three wind up at his apartment on the same day. More details.
Fall and Recovery
Fall Dance Concert
Nov. 18 - 20, 2016
Tickets will go on sale Nov. 14.
The Department of Theatre and Dance will present its fall dance concert, “Fall and Recovery,” Nov. 18 - 20 in the University Theatre. The evening of dance works performed by LU students encompasses many genres, including tap, jazz, musical theatre, modern, contemporary, and aerial silks, and is choreographed by dance faculty and select students.
New to the dance concert this fall is an aerial silks performance, in which dancers perform aerial acrobatics while hanging from a fabric. More details.