Published On: Mon, Sep 16th, 2019

FAU Department of Theatre and Dance Announces 2019-20 Season

Boca Raton, FL – Florida Atlantic University’s Department of Theater and Dance in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters has announced its 2019-20 season, opening with “Uncle Vanya” from Friday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Oct. 6 in Studio One Theatre on FAU’s Boca Raton campus at 777 Glades Road. Tickets are $22 and can be purchased at www.fauevents.com or by calling 561-297-6124.

In “Uncle Vanya,” a play by Anton Chekhov, Vanya has dedicated his whole life to a pedantic old fart who can’t get it up. That same old fart is married to the beautiful woman Vanya desperately loves, but she finds Vanya tedious and pathetic. His mama doesn’t love him, he can’t shoot straight, and the doctor won’t let him overdose on morphine. What’s a man to do to get some relief! In this sunny, funny play of desperate people, one man tries to escape his misery but his misery just won’t let go.

The remainder of FAU’s Department of Theatre 2019-20 season includes:

+ Dead Man’s Cellphone by Sarah Ruhl

Directed by Kathryn Johnston                     October 18-27, 2019                                       Studio 2 Theatre

The winner of the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, Dead Man’s Cell Phone is a beautiful, and mysterious exploration of how modern technology both unites and isolates people. When a young woman in a café grows frustrated by the endless ringing of a cellphone, she discovers its owner is dead. With his phone in hand, she embarks on a funny, scary, and at times surreal journey through the man’s life leading her to people, dark corners, and discoveries she never expected.

Tickets: $12

+ Urinetown: The Musical by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis

Directed by Lee Soroko                                  November 15-24, 2019                  Studio 1 Theatre

Set during a horrific water shortage where the use of private toilets has been banned, this hysterical musical satire of corporate greed and political malfeasance has an unlikely hero emerge from the populace to decry he’s had enough! He needs to pee and refuses to pay for it! The winner of three Tony Awards, Urinetown is an outrageous, wickedly modern, comedic romp that will leave you laughing ‘til you pee!

Tickets: $22

+ Nut Cracked                                                     January 17-18, 2019                                        University Theatre

David Parker & The Bang Group, a New York-based contemporary dance company, and FAU’s Repertory Dance Theatre Ensemble and FAU dance minors, perform The Bang Group’s “Nut/Cracked,” a hilarious rendition of the holiday classic mixing Tchaikovsky’s original score with music by Duke Ellington, Glen Miller, and others. You’ll never watch “The Nutcracker” the same way again!

Tickets: $22

+ The Provoked Wife by John Vanbrugh

Directed by Jean Louis Baldet      February 21-March 1, 2020                                          Studio 1 Theatre

In this timely, forward-thinking Restoration comedy, we meet Lady Brute and her husband, the over-sexed and drunken Sir John Brute. Provoked by their loveless marriage, Lady Brute finds solace in the arms of a younger man but, when solace and spice threaten to turn into scandal, Lady Brute does all she can to protect her happiness. In true Restoration style, this satirical poke in the eye evokes waves of laughter while providing plenty of biting social commentary.

Tickets: $22

+ Richard III by William Shakespeare

Directed by Lynn McNutt              April 17-26, 2020                                                             Studio 1 Theatre

Richard III is an electric and visceral play about power, murder, and justice. Insecure and desperate to prove himself a man, Richard, the hunchbacked, charismatic villain leaves a trail of blood and despair as he works his way to the throne. Driven by fatalism and anger, his tyranny is unmatched and he is content to bring his nation down with him if it will serve his purpose.

Tickets: $22

+ Dances We Dance Spring Showcase

Directed by Clarence Brooks                    May 1-2, 2020                              University Theatre

Dances We Dance is a capstone experience for students enrolled in all genres and levels of dance at FAU. These students create dances, learn choreography, explore expressiveness, and give thrilling performances of dance in a wide array of genres.

Tickets: $15

Group and package tickets are available by calling 561-297-6124. Box Office fees may apply. For more information about FAU’s Department of Theatre, visit www.fau.edu/theatre.

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