October 10, 2003

SMU's Meadows School Of The Arts Presents Plays "Love's Fire" And "It's All True," Oct. 23-Nov. 2

DALLAS (SMU) - The Division of Theatre at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts will present two productions from Oct. 23 - Nov. 2: "Love's Fire," featuring guest director René Moreno, and "It's All True," directed by Greg Leaming. The plays will be staged in the Margo Jones Theatre of the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. "Love's Fire" will be performed at 8 p.m. on Oct. 24, 26, 30 & Nov. 1, and at 2 p.m. Oct. 26 and Nov. 1. Show times for "It's All True" will be 8 p.m. on Oct. 23, 25, 29 & 31, and 2 p.m. Oct. 25 and Nov. 2. Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for seniors and $6 for SMU students, faculty and staff. Parking is available at Hillcrest and Binkley and in the garage beneath the Meadows Museum. For more information, call the Meadows Ticket Office at 214-768-2787.

"Love's Fire" is a series of one-act plays by five of America's most exciting playwrights: Eric Bogosian, William Finn, John Guare, Tony Kushner and Wendy Wasserstein. In 1997, The Acting Company - a classical repertory theatre troupe established by John Houseman to showcase young actors - commissioned these nationally known playwrights to create the short works in response to an assigned Shakespeare sonnet. The varied results reflect each artist's creative expression and interpretation of one of the Bard's love poems.

"Love's Fire" guest director René Moreno, an award-winning director and Broadway, theater, TV and film actor, is a Dallas native. He attended Arts Magnet High School and earned both a B.F.A. (theatre and dance, 1981) and an M.F.A. (theatre directing, 2001) from the Meadows School of the Arts. He also studied acting at the Michael Howard Studio in New York City. As a director, Moreno has worked for the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, the Guthrie Theater/Guthrie Lab, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Dallas Theater Center, among others. He received two Dallas Theater Critics' Forum Awards for outstanding direction ("Othello" - Shakespeare Festival of Dallas and "Miss Julie" - Kitchen Dog Theater) and was recently named Best Theater Director by the Dallas Observer. As an actor, Moreno has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, at major regional theaters across the country, in film, on radio and on television. He is a recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation USA Award-Theatre Fellowship for his work with the New York Shakespeare Festival Players (The Joseph Papp Public Theatre/NewYork Shakespeare Festival) and an L.A. Drama-Logue Award for outstanding performance by an actor in "The Comedy of Errors" (Old Globe Theatre).

"It's All True," by Jason Sherman, is set in 1937 in New York City and tells one of the great stories of the American theatre: how a fledgling director named Orson Welles and his visionary producer John Houseman struggled to premiere a working-class opera titled "The Cradle Will Rock" while squaring off against artistic egos, political imbroglios and a country in the throes of the Great Depression. "It's All True" will be directed by Greg Leaming, associate professor and head of directing at the Meadows School.

Greg Leaming joined SMU last year from the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT, where he served as director of artistic programming from 1997-2001 and as acting artistic director from 2001-2002. At Long Wharf, Leaming developed and produced the theatre's eight-play season and directed the world premieres of "Abstract Expression," "Syncopation," "The Third Army" and "An Infinite Ache." From 1992-96, Leaming was the artistic director of the Portland Stage Company in Maine. Leaming also served as the producing director of the Hartford Stage Company from 1996-97 and as associate artistic director of the theatre from 1988-92.