LOVE WILL SHAKE
Adapted and directed by John Schmor
Robinson Theatre Ages 16+
November 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17
From William Shakespeare’s sonnets, LOVE WILL SHAKE weaves several narratives across the four seasons, as fourteen characters love, lust, betray, lose, pine, whine and play. This new work has something for everybody who has interest in Shakespeare: songs, dancing, swordplay, clowning, a couple of ghosts, and several famous love scenes, not to mention highly speculative “history,” just the way Will liked it. Come watch the sonnets spring to life in this tapestry celebrating the many “patterns of love.”
By Heidi Schreck
Tricia Rodley directs: Hope Theatre Ages 13+
Jan 24, 25, 26, 31, Feb 1, 2, 3
After being pestered by devils for more than half a year, Margery Kempe – new mother, mayor’s daughter, and proprietress of a highly profitable beer business – is liberated from her torment by a vision of Jesus Christ in purple robes.
Visions are hard to come by, even in 1401. Should we trust the new Margery, with her fasting and her weeping and her chastity fixation, or burn her with the other heretics? Can a woman of insatiable appetites just up and audition for sainthood? Playwright, OBIE-winning actor, and UO alumni Heidi Schreck conjures a collision of contemporary and medieval imaginations: a very funny, a little bit scary new play about faith and its messengers.
Faculty Dance Concert
February 14, 15, 16
This annual favorite returns to the Robinson Theatre. Enjoy exciting new contemporary dance works choreographed by the UO dance faculty and performed by their students.
9 Parts of Desire
By Heather Raffo
Michael Najjar directs: Hope Theatre
March 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
On the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War, University Theatre presents a portrait of the extraordinary lives of a whole cross-section of Iraqi women: a professional mourner, a tortured artist, a confused adolescent, a radical communist, a war-zone doctor, a lonely exile, a jilted wife, a second-generation Iraqi-American, and a passionate lover. Raffo’s drama delves into the many conflicting aspects of what it means to be a woman in the age-old struggle that is Iraq. 9 Parts of Desire is a timely meditation on the ancient, the modern, and the feminine in a country dogged by war but always longing for peace.
The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde
Kirk Boyd directs: Robinson Theatre All ages
Apr 26, 27, May 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11
A delightful and memorable social comedy; Wilde’s most well-known and best loved play. Its title is meant as a double-entendre. The protagonist, called Jack in the country and Ernest in town, is chasing a young lady who will only marry a man named Ernest because she desires the quality of being earnest above all others in her future husband. Rollick with laughter while experiencing the moral hypocrisies at the heart of Victorian society.
BREAKING THE CODE
by Hugh Whitemore Based on the book Alan Turing,
The Enigma by Andrew Hodges
Joseph Gilg directs: Hope Theatre ages 13+
May 30, 31, June 1, 6, 7, 8, 9
An exceptional biographical drama about a man who broke too many codes: the eccentric genius Alan Turing played a major role in winning World War II by breaking the complex German code called Enigma. He was also the first person to conceive and describe computers. After the war he was put on trial for breaking another code- the taboo against homosexuality. This play is about who he was, what happened to him and why.