With a new season of plays about to begin at University Players, the theatre company is launching a bold new logo and palette of posters.
The six shows of its 60th anniversary season promise a thrilling and dramatic look at the theme of love and war, accompanied by special events throughout the school year, says Tina Pugliese, director of the School of Dramatic Art.
“We look forward to captivating our audiences with this year’s selection of classic and contemporary works,” she says. “Theatre can be a life-changing experience by its power to make us think, feel, and wonder about all sorts of possibilities; this season is filled with a variety of themes that are sure to entertain and inspire.”
Dr. Pugliese calls the first show of the season, Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another. It runs September 21 to 30.
October 26 marks the much-anticipated University Players’ debut of A Streetcar Named Desire, and late November will observe the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War with the poignant historic drama, A Journey’s End.
The second half of the season will open with Margaret Atwood’s feminist retelling of the ancient Greek myth of Penelope and Odysseus in The Penelopiad — a narrative told through the voices of Penelope and her 12 maids. Next, politeness turns to disorder and incivility, when two sets of parents come together in God of Carnage and help audiences to appreciate the chaos and absurdity of parenthood.
The season will close March 22 to 31 with Love and Information, a provocative modern drama-comedy that challenges audiences’ appreciation for the multiple meanings of love.
Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at www.universityplayers.com or by calling the box office at 519-253-3000, ext. 2808. Both the box office and the website also offer more information about anniversary events.