August 17, 2011

New Theatre UAB season: adventure, edgy originals, “Macbeth”

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A UAB alumni’s award-winning play, a mirthful fantasy about time-traveling Victorian ladies and the “Scottish play” are among offerings the UAB Department of Theatre will present for their 2011-2012 season. Click here to see the full season.

A scene from 'We Three,' part of Theatre UAB’s
2010-11 season

The UAB Department of Theatre and their company, Theatre UAB, present a full season of plays at UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. The plays feature student actors, designers, stage managers and crew, led by faculty who also are professional theater artists.

The season will open Oct. 5-9, 2011, with Bertolt Brecht’s “The Caucasian Chalk Circle,” a masterful retelling of an ancient Chinese tale and the biblical judgment of King Solomon. Next up Nov. 9-20 is the poignant “Postcards to J. Bird,” written by UAB Theatre alumnus Stephen Webb. “Postcards” won the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival 2011 David L. Shelton Full-Length Student Playwriting Award.

“On the Verge, or The Geography of Yearning” by Eric Overmyer will take the audience on an adventure through darkest Africa, highest Himalaya and terra incognita, with three Victorian lady explorers spinning through time, Feb. 22-26, 2012.

Theatre UAB’s annual Festival of Ten-Minute Plays, an edgy, tremendously popular festival that features eight super-short original plays written, acted and directed by UAB students, staff and faculty, will move from the fall to the spring – it’s set for March 12-16, 2012. The 2012 festival theme is “Get Me Out of Here!” and will include stories with cages, prisons and traps of all kinds.

Finally, fair is foul, and foul is fair when Theatre UAB presents one of the world’s most famous tales of murder, greed and untimely death, Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” April 18-22, 2012, to close the season. Call 205-934-3236 or visit the department online at

Theatre UAB offers a bachelor of arts degree in theater, a broad study of acting, design, directing, technical theater and theater history with three tracks of specialization: general theater, pre-professional performance and pre-professional design and technology. Many graduates go directly from college to working in the theatre and entertainment industries. Others continue their training in some of the most prestigious training programs in the country.

Theatre UAB courses are taught by experienced artists who are also gifted educators with specializations including movement and stage combat, vocal production and dialects, costume design and technology, lighting design and technology, scenic design and technology, acting, directing, stage management, playwriting, screenwriting, theatre history, dramaturgy and more.

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