Theatre season rolls out contemporary with classics


By Natalie C. McGovern, Contributor

lassic Shakespearean tragedy, contemporary drama, comedy and vaudeville are set to hit the UNO stage with a bang. This season’s lineup packs dark art, and some lighter humor with serious nuanced pieces.
William Shakespeare’s “Titus Adronicus” opens Sept.  26 – 29, and again on Oct. 3 – Oct. 6. Theatre-goers should be prepared for theatrical carnage at its finest. “Titus” encompasses the themes of war, honor, family and revenge, and resonates these elements in the royal-wrath fury of a defeated queen against the Roman Empire.
“Mirror of the Invisible World,” a poetic contemporary drama by Mary Zimmerman follows. Adapted from a 12th century Persian epic, the mystical romance saga tells the story of a polyandrous prince and his love for seven princesses hidden away in pavilions built for his many brides. The enchanting selection is sure to enthrall audiences. “Mirror of the Invisible World” runs Nov. 14 to 17 and Nov. 28 to Dec. 1.
Next up is “Or,” by Liz Duffy Adams and directed by Sarah Fogarty Campbell. Set in the restoration period but echoes off the 1960’s era. The farce reflects the life of a spy turned playwright and her many conquests that prove to be exasperating diversions in her efforts to write a screenplay. “Or” is set to play next semester, Feb. 20 to 23, and Feb. 27 to March 3.
Caridad Svich makes a poignant return after last season’s “Twelve Ophelias,” as yet another masterpiece is heralded with “Archaeology of Dreams,” a kaleidoscope exploration of events portraying origin, history and memory of the iconic time period of 1963. “Or” and “Archaeology of Dreams” will be in a rotating repertory, where shows will alternate weekly and unite during the last showing, where they will then alternate from day to day.
“Female Transport” by Steven Gooch and directed by Douglas Paterson, showcases a journey of English captives to an Australian penal colony and their newfound land and life in the outback. It’s set to run April 10 to 13 and 17 to 20.
Two sets of auditions will commence for Fall shows “Titus Andronicus,” directed by D. Scott Glasser and “Mirror of the Invisible World,” directed by Dr. Cindy Melby Phaneuf. Theater majors and minors will audition exclusively on Aug. 21 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Sign-ups are required.  
From 8 p.m-9 p.m. auditions are open to other UNO students and community members. No sign-ups are required.  
Auditions are also open Aug. 19 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.,  for theatre majors and minors, other UNO students and community members with no sign-up required.  
All auditions will be in WFAB 333.  Prepared monologues/scenes are encouraged and are required for theatre majors and minors, but there will be sides available to read at auditions. For further information contact the management office at (402) 554 – 3167.