URI Theatre announces 2007-2008 season

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KINGSTON, RI — August 27, 2007 – University of Rhode Island Theatre selections for the 2007-2008 season offer something for everyone: political satire, musicals, drama, and comedy.

The award-winning department will again offer its popular public Sunday MatChats, short for matinee chats, following the first matinee of each production. The public can chat with the director, cast, crew and designers, getting answers to questions such as: How do you pick your shows? How did you make the character disappear in a puff of smoke? Do you have trap doors under the stage? Was that the character’s real hair? Who builds the sets and creates the costumes?

Plays will be performed in the Robert E. Will Theatre or J Studio of the Fine Arts Center, Kingston campus. For reservations call the URI Theatre Box Office at 401-874-5843. For group rate information, call 401-874-2712. For mailing list or additional questions, call 401-874-5921 or 5922.

Here are the four plays in this year’s lineup:

•STUFF HAPPENS by David Hare. “Stuff Happens” is what Donald Rumsfeld said four years ago during the looting of Baghdad. David Hare’s controversial historic play takes the audience behind the political and diplomatic run-up to the Iraqi War. The events depicted actually occurred. Plan to leave the theater with completely absorbing insights into the character of our nation’s leadership in these times of historic decision-making. Hare’s dynamite drama is riveting political theater. Bring an open mind.

Performances: Oct. 11 through 13 and 18 through 20, 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 14 and 21 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $14 for general admission, $10 for seniors, URI faculty/staff, and $8 for students.

•LITTLE WOMEN, the musical, book by Allan Knee, music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s novel about her family’s experiences, Little Women follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America. This wonderful narrative has been brought to life as an exhilarating new musical filled with glorious music, dancing, and heart. The powerful score soars with the sounds of personal discovery, heartache and hope—the sounds of a young America finding its voice. Six generations have read this story. This one will sing it.

Performances: Nov. 29 through Dec. 1, and Dec. 6 through 8, 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 2 and 9, 3 p.m. Tickets are $18 general, $14 seniors, URI faculty/staff, and $12 students.

•AMADEUS by Peter Shaffer. Set amidst the opulence and splendor of 18th Century Vienna, this thrilling and often wickedly funny play pits blazing human ambition against heavenly genius in what becomes a battle of life and death.

Performances: Feb. 28 through March 1 and March 6 through 8, 2008, 7:30 p.m. and March 2 and 9, 2008, 3 p.m. Tickets are $14 general admission, $10 for seniors, URI faculty/staff and $8 for students.

•THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE by Jay Presson Allen based on the novel by Muriel Spark. The play takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland in the 1930s when Fascism was rising in the world. Miss Jean Brodie is a spellbinding, unconventional teacher at a girls’ school who, with her opinionated, anecdotal and eccentric teaching style grasps the imagination of a group of girls – the “crème de la crème” during the most impressionable time of their lives. Her male colleagues are also drawn to the tour de force of a woman who is often the bane of the traditional headmistress. Serious and comedic, the action of the play moves to its startling conclusion: “Give me a girl at an impressionable age, and she is mine for life.”

Performances: April 17 through 19 and 24 through 26, 2008, 7:30 p.m. and April 20 and 27, 2008, 3 p.m. Tickets are $14 general admission, $10 for seniors, URI faculty/staff and $8 for students.

Motif Magazine Theatre Awards for 2007 named URI Theatre Department’s production The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas “Best College/University Production,” “Best Scenic Design” and “Best Costume Design.” “Best Performance” was awarded to the Chicken Ranch Girls female ensemble. In addition, Motif Magazine awarded “Best Performance” to Josh Short and Amanda Ruggeiro who appeared in Fat Pig.