2014-15 Season

Anton in Show Business   

Oct. 2-4, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 5, 2014 at 2 p.m.

Written by Jane Martin
Directed by Brian LeTraunik
Studio Theatre

This madcap comedy follows three actresses across the footlights, down the rabbit hole and into a strangely familiar Wonderland that looks a lot like American theatre. As these women pursue their dream of performing Chekhov in Texas, they're whisked through a maelstrom of "good ideas" that offer unique solutions to the Three Sister's need to have life's deeper purpose revealed. In the tradition of great backstage comedies, Anton in Show Business conveys the joys, pains and absurdities of "putting on a play" at the turn of the century.



Eleemosynary

Nov. 6-8, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 9, 2014 at 2 p.m.

Written by Lee Blessing
Directed by Deena Conley
Studio Theatre

Lee Blessing often focuses on family dynamics in his plays. Eleemosynary , one of his most acclaimed works, is no exception. The play focuses on the lives of three Wesbrook women:  Dorothea, Artie and Echo. Dorothea, an admitted New Age eccentric, has complicated the lives of the two other Wesbrook women by imposing her thwarted dreams on them. Blessing presents fragmented vignettes of the lives of the three women as they struggle to define themselves both as individuals and as part of a family unit. In this poignant and mature study of familial relationships, Blessing highlights the human need for connection and forgiveness.


Academic Lecture Series: Judith Jamison, Alvin Ailey Artistic Director

Nov. 10, 2014, 7:30 - 9 p.m.
University Theatre

Judith Jamison - American dancer, choreographer and artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - is a legendary icon in the world of the performing arts. Ms. Jamison, who as a dancer with the troupe, from 1965 to 1980, became the most stellar of modern dance's female performers, was appointed artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in December 1989 at the request of her mentor, Alvin Ailey, who personally chose her to succeed him before his untimely death. In her decades at the helm of one of the most respected dance companies in America, Ms. Jamison has successfully kept the Alvin Ailey brand alive.

The Lamar University Academic Lecture Series, sponsored by the students, brings a significant element to the university experience by allowing Lamar’s academic community to offer two lectures each year featuring prominent speakers from disciplines represented by each of the university’s colleges. Previous speakers include astronaut Sally Ride, entrepreneur Jerry Greenfield, journalist Tony Snow and professional basketball player Bob Love.

The lecture is free to the public.


Fall Dance Concert

Nov. 21, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 22, 2014 at 2 p.m.

University Theatre

Guest choreographers and artists will enhance the varied dance offerings in this concert.


The Glass Menagerie

Feb. 26-28, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
March 1, 2015 at 2 p.m.

Written by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Joel Grothe
Studio Theatre

In Tennessee Williams’ classic drama of American theatre, an aging Southern Belle longs for her youth and dreams of a better life for her children. Her restless son Tom, a would–be poet and the story’s narrator, gets swept up in his mother’s funny and heartbreaking schemes to find his painfully shy sister, Laura, a husband. Read more...


Spring Dance Concert

April 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
April 11, 2015 at 2 p.m.

University Theatre

Guest choreographers and artists will enhance the varied dance offerings in this concert.


The Last Night of Ballyhoo

April 30-May 2. 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
May 3, 2015 at 2 p.m.

Written by Alfred Uhry
Directed by Brian LeTraunik
University Theatre

Alfred Uhry's Tony Award-winning look at anti-semitism in the South centers on the planning of the Atlanta Jewish community's annual Ballyhoo ball during the excitement surrounding the premiere ofGone with the WindRead the University Press article for an in-depth look at our final production of the year.