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Theatre Arts Mainstage productions in spring 2013

Spring 2013 Mainstage productions in the A&S Department of Theatre Arts include  a  once-act musical by the AATP, a WWII drama, and an exploration of the sleeping mind. Mark your calendars and see for details.

Once On This Island, by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty

  • January 30-February 3
  • Directed by Nefertiti Burton
  • When a poor peasant girl sacrifices everything for a rich young man from another class, the gods compete for control of her fate. Based on the 1985 novel My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl by Trinidadian writer Rosa Guy, this one-act musical fills the stage with suspense, romance, dance and song. An African American Theatre Program production.

The White Rose, by Lillian Groag

  • February 27-March 3
  • Directed by Russell Vandenbroucke
  • Nazi Germany, 1942: five University of Munich students oppose the war and solicit support to resist it and German atrocities by distributing their ideas throughout Germany and Austria in anonymous leaflets titled "The White Rose." Youthful ideals and courage confront Hitler's state in this timeless drama.

Sleep Rock Thy Brain, by Lucas Hnath, Rinne Groff, and Anne Washburn

  • April 10-14
  • Directed by Rinda Frye
  • A collaboration among UofL, Actors Theatre of Louisville, ZFX Flying Effects, Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School, and JCPS. For most of history, the study of sleep and dreaming has been relegated to psychology, philosophy and literature. Only in the last few decades have scientists begun to investigate the why’s and wherefores of sleep: how it works, and why we all need it. With Sleep Rock Thy Brain, playwrights will collaborate with choreographers from ZFX Flying Effects, harnessing the rich movement vocabulary of flight to explore the mysteries and complexities of the sleeping brain.
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