Contact: Victoria Winkelman or Kami Duncan
SMU Meadows School of the Arts
(214) 768-3785 or (214) 768-2788

April 10, 2002

SMU'S MEADOWS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS CONCLUDES ITS MAIN STAGE SEASON WITH "HEARTBREAK HOUSE" BY GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, APRIL 24-28

DALLAS (SMU) -- The Division of Theatre at Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts will conclude its Main Stage Season with George Bernard Shaw's comedy "Heartbreak House," Apr. 24-28 in the Greer Garson Theatre of the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. Parking is available at Hillcrest and Binkley and in the parking garage beneath the Meadows Museum. Show times are 8 p.m. Wed. -- Sat. and 2 p.m. Sat. & Sun. Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for seniors and $6 for students and SMU faculty and staff. For more information, call the Meadows Ticket Office at 214-768-2787.

"Heartbreak House" was written in 1916 at the height of the First World War in Europe, and is reported to have been Shaw's favorite play. Set during a house party at the home of the eccentric Captain Shotover and his daughter Hesione, the comedy takes an inquisitive look at the conflict between old-fashioned ideals and the realities of the modern age.

The play will be directed by Michael Connolly, associate professor of theatre at the Meadows School of the Arts. Connolly has worked with theaters around the country, including the Pennsylvania Festival Theatre, Boston Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theater Center and Water Tower Playhouse, and he has done voice-overs and made appearances in numerous national and regional commercials. At SMU he has directed "The Merchant of Venice," "Lysistrata," "The Learned Ladies" and "Major Barbara," among other works. This summer he will return for his third season with the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespearean Festival.

The 2001-2002 theatre season of SMU's Meadows School of the Arts is sponsored by The Dallas Morning News.


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