UAB Department of Theatre 2011-2012 Season

A national award-winning UAB student play, time travelers, the play that cannot be named and super-shorts, all in Theatre UAB’s new season.

UAB_TheatreOct. 5-9

Theatre UAB presents “The Caucasian Chalk Circle”

Written by Bertolt Brecht, in a new translation by Alistair Beaton, directed by Jack Cannon

“The Caucasian Chalk Circle” is Brecht’s masterful retelling of an ancient Chinese tale and the biblical judgment of King Solomon. When an infant is abandoned by the governor’s wife during a military coup, servant girl Grusha rescues the child and risks her life for his protection. When the child is reclaimed by his opportunistic mother the question arises: Who has parental rights, the woman who gives a child life, or the one who sustains it? Shows at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 through Saturday, Oct. 8, with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday Oct. 9, in UAB’s Alys Stephens Center Sirote Theatre, 1200 10th Ave. South. General admission tickets are $12 and $15; student tickets $6; UAB employees and senior citizens $10. Call 205-975-2787. Visit the UAB Department of Theatre at www.uab.edu/theatre.

Nov. 9-12 and Nov. 16-20

Theatre UAB presents “Postcards to J. Bird”

Written by Theatre UAB alumni Stephen Webb, directed by Dennis McLernon

Joanna has spent her life locked in the past, struggling to reclaim the fulfillment she once felt with a childhood mentor and compromising the present with her son. A poignant work that explores the damaging effects of denying one’s own truth, “Postcards to J. Bird” tackles themes of abandonment, conformity and identity.  Webb won the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival 2011 David L. Shelton Full-Length Student Playwriting Award for “Postcards to J. Bird.” Shows at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 through Saturday, Nov. 12 and Wednesday, Nov. 16 through Saturday, Nov. 19, with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, Nov. 20, in UAB’s Alys Stephens Center Odess Theatre, 1200 10th Ave. South. General admission tickets are $12; students $6; UAB employees and senior citizens $10. Call 205-975-2787. Visit the UAB Department of Theatre at www.uab.edu/theatre.


Feb. 22-26, 2012

Theatre UAB presents “On the Verge, or The Geography of Yearning”

Written by Eric Overmyer, directed by Karla Koskinen

Overmyer’s mirthful fantasy “On the Verge” tracks the exploits of three Victorian lady explorers spinning through time. For these intrepid “sister sojourners” the future weaves a rich tapestry of history, geography, feminism and fashion. Theirs is a serendipitous adventure through darkest Africa, highest Himalaya and terra incognita. Shows at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 through Saturday, Feb. 25 with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, Feb. 26, in UAB’s Alys Stephens Center Sirote Theatre, 1200 10th Ave. South. General admission tickets are $12 and $15; students  $6; UAB employees and senior citizens $10. Call 205-975-2787. Visit the UAB Department of Theatre at www.uab.edu/theatre.


ten-minute-play-clockMarch 12-16

Theatre UAB’s annual Festival of Ten-Minute Plays

Produced by Lee Shackleford

Theatre UAB’s edgy, tremendously popular Festival of 10-Minute Plays features eight super-short original plays. The 2012 theme is “Get Me Out of Here!” and features stories of cages, prisons and traps of all kinds. All plays are written, directed and performed by UAB students, staff and faculty. Shows at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 12 through Friday, March 16, in UAB’s Alys Stephens Center Odess Theatre, 1200 10th Ave. South. All tickets $5. Plays do contain adult language and themes. Call 205-975-2787. Visit the UAB Department of Theatre at www.uab.edu/theatre.


April 18-22

Theatre UAB presents “Macbeth”

Written by William Shakespeare, directed by Dennis McLernon

Fair is foul, and foul is fair in this tale of murder, greed and untimely death: “Macbeth.” The prophecy of three witches sends ambitious Macbeth on a ruthless quest for power. Goaded by his restless, scheming wife, bloody treason spirals into paranoia and guilt from which they cannot escape. Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy is also his most gripping, intense and psychologically thrilling. Shows at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 through Saturday, April 21 and a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, April 22, in UAB’s Alys Stephens Center Sirote Theatre, 1200 10th Ave. South. General admission tickets are $12 and $15; students $6; UAB employees and senior citizens $10. Call 205-975-2787. Visit the UAB Department of Theatre at www.uab.edu/theatre.

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