Published on August 27th, 2016 | by TLV News0
Ole Miss Theatre New Season Begins in September
Ole Miss Theatre’s new season of shows begins in September. This season will showcase an eclectic array of productions. From gentrification and ‘80s rock to improvised comedy and black magic, this season Ole Miss Theatre has it all!
Opening the season is the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris. A spin-off of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, this satire takes a jab at race and real estate in a fictional Chicago neighborhood. The play begins in 1959 as a black family moves into a white enclave. Act Two takes us back to the same house in 2009 as gentrification sets in and the roles are reversed. The show, directed by Rory Ledbetter, opens September 23 and runs through October 9 in Meek Auditorium.
Next will be the ‘80s influenced musical The Wedding Singer! Step back into 1985 where a rock-star wannabe, Robbie Hart, is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party, until his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. Robbie then makes every wedding as disastrous as his own, while Julia, a winsome waitress, winds up catching his eye. As luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever. Directed by René Pulliam, the show will run November 11–13 in Fulton Chapel.
2017 will open up with the madcap farce of love triangles, intrigue, and the world’s worst dentist, The Tooth-Puller. A sixteenth-century plotline fleshed out with newly-written jokes, slapstick, and songs all created by the cast. It’s a contemporary recreation of the classic Commedia dell’Arte style, featuring young sweethearts, greedy old men, incompetent servants, and, maybe, a happy ending for all. Ole Miss Theatre will use ensemble improvisation to re-write long forgotten dialogue and re-invent classic physical comedy routines, to create a unique comedy piece. Directed by Matthew R. Wilson, the show will debut February 17 and play through February 26 in Meek Auditorium.
The final production of our 2016–2017 season is Dark of the Moon. Based on the mountaineer version of the popular ballad “Barbara Allen,” the play tells the story of John, a witch-boy. The Conjur Woman consents to turn him into a human for one year so that he can court and marry the beautiful Barbara Allen, but if she’s unfaithful to him in that year, John must return to being a witch forever. The production will be directed by Dex Edwards and will run April 28–30 in Fulton Chapel.
In addition, Ole Miss Theatre will continue its “Patron Appreciation Night,” which will be the first Friday of each production. Only patrons, season ticket holders, and friends of Ole Miss Theatre will be able to purchase tickets for these performances providing the perfect environment for those who enjoy the magic of the theatre.
Individual Tickets are $12.50 for adults, $9 for University of Mississippi students, and $8 for Seniors/Children. For ticket information, please contact the UM Box Office, (662) 915-7411 or visit: http://theatre.olemiss.edu.