UNO Theatre Preview: Variety of works forecast a strong set of performances

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By Andrew Aulner, Contributor

Students looking for a poetic, dramatic, exciting, or musical experience need look no further than the upcoming shows of the November University of Nebraska at Omaha Theatre Festival. Unlike Hedda Gabler, the play from the month of October, the Theatre Festival will feature a variety of shows to please its audience members and celebrate the importance of UNO Theatre. Members of the design team (ex. scenic design, costuming) will display their work for the incoming theatregoers. Over the course of two weeks on two separate stages, the Weber Fine Arts Building will house four different productions, including:

“Spoken Word—(on) the road (less),” a production helmed by well-known Omaha writer Katie F-S, concerning an exploration of the modern word through slam poetry;

“9 Parts of Desire,” 
The story of the lives of nine different Iraqi women and the cultural struggles that they face, told in a manner that questions war in the Middle East, in a play written in 2003 by professional playwright Heather Raffo and directed by UNO graduate student Elizabeth Nye;

“MixTape,” 
A two-part, all-ages play (“Side A” is an original piece directed by UNO alumna Angela Horchem with influences from the “Commedia Dell’Arte” of classic Italian theatre; “Side B” is presented by Theatre 3, whose motto is “Physical. Experiential.”) that is focused on various elements of physical theatre;

And “Journeys, A Musical Cabaret,” directed by UNO graduate student Doran Schmidt and focused on the use of song and music and featuring the talents of both current and former UNO students.

The Weber Fine Arts Building’s Mainstage Theatre is planned to house Spoken Word—(on) the road (less) (Nov. 12-15, 7:30pm) and MixTape (Nov. 19-22, 7:30pm), while the Studio Theatre has been announced to serve as the venue for 9 Parts of Desire (Nov. 12-15, 7:30pm) and Journeys, A Musical Cabaret (Nov. 19-22, 7:30pm). 

As always, UNO students can obtain tickets for free with their Mavcards at the Box Office, which will open on Nov. 10; the Box Office phone number is 402-554-PLAY (7529). Non-students can purchase tickets for $5. Tickets can also be bought online at www.unotheatre.com.

The 2014 UNO Theatre Festival, an event that will take place at the university for half of November, looks to offer something for everyone, from more family-friendly and musical fare to more serious and dramatic pieces. Whether the average UNO student wants to go to the theatre to laugh or cry, sing along or be enchanted by the power of the modern world, he or she will be able to find a production to suit his or her tastes.

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