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

August 23, 2002

SMU'S MEADOWS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS ANNOUNCES 2002-2003 THEATRE AND DANCE SEASON

DALLAS (SMU) -- Award-winning plays, award-winning directors and exciting dance works by acclaimed choreographers highlight the 2002-2003 theatre and dance season of SMU's Meadows School of the Arts.

Four plays and two dance concerts will be offered as part of the Main Stage Season, and three additional plays will be presented during October and April.

The Main Stage Season theatre performances include the Pulitzer Prize-winning Crimes of the Heart by SMU alumna Beth Henley; Sam Shepard's dark comedy Curse of the Starving Class; Marivaux's classic 18th-century French farce Successful Strategies, which will be directed by Carl Forsman, the critically acclaimed artistic director of New York's Keen Company theatre; and Smash!, a new comedy by Jeffrey Hatcher based on the George Bernard Shaw novel An Unsocial Socialist.

The Main Stage Fall Dance Concert will feature the duet masterpiece The Beloved by the great American dancer and choreographer Lester Horton and the Pas de Cinq from Act III of Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty. The Spring Dance Concert includes a new piece by artist-in-residence Max Stone, inspired by the sculpture of renowned contemporary artist James Surls, and a revival of a work by the great Agnes de Mille.

The additional three plays to be offered include Shakespeare's King Lear, which will be a co-production with the Meadows alumni-founded Kitchen Dog Theater; Venus, by Obie-winning playwright Suzan Lori-Parks; and New Visions/New Voices, the school's annual new plays festival featuring works written and directed by senior theatre students.

Subscriptions for the Main Stage Season range from $16 to $60. Individual tickets range from $6 to $15. For more information, call the Meadows Ticket Office at 214-768-2787. Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

All theatres are located in the Owen Arts Center at 6101 Bishop Boulevard on the SMU campus. Event parking is available at the corner of Hillcrest and Binkley avenues and at the Meadows Museum parking garage located at 5900 Bishop Boulevard.

The following schedule lists exact dates, times and locations.

MAIN STAGE SEASON

CRIMES OF THE HEART by Beth Henley
Guest director: Pamela Myers-Morgan
October 2-6, 2002 in the Greer Garson Theatre; 8 PM Wed.-Sat.; 2 PM Sat. & Sun.

Meet the Magrath sisters: the eldest is unmarried and lonely; the middle is an untamed, failed singer; and the youngest is out on bail after having shot her husband. Find out what awaits them in this Pulitzer Prize-winning black comedy as they attempt to understand their mother's suicide. Guest director Pamela Myers-Morgan is co-founder and producing partner of Dallas' Echo Theatre.

CURSE OF THE STARVING CLASS by Sam Shepard
Director: Kevin Kingston
November 20-24, 2002 in the Greer Garson Theatre; 8 PM Wed.-Sat.; 2 PM Sat. & Sun.

A darkly comic exploration of the American family psyche, the play revolves around four characters and their shift into adolescence, adulthood and old age, as they face the loss of their farm to debt and developers. Director Kevin Kingston is a senior theatre student at SMU.

SUCCESSFUL STRATEGIES by Marivaux
Guest director: Carl Forsman
Translation by Timberlake Wertenbaker
February 26-March 2, 2003 in the Greer Garson Theatre; 8 PM Wed.-Sat.; 2 PM Sat. & Sun.

Genuine passion, suffering and bewilderment underlie a shimmering surface of elegance and good manners in this 18th-century French farce about infidelity and revenge. Guest director Carl Forsman is the critically acclaimed artistic director of New York's Keen Company theatre.

SMASH! by Jeffrey Hatcher
Director: Greg Leaming
April 23-27, 2003 in the Bob Hope Theatre; 8 PM Wed.-Sat.; 2 PM Sat. & Sun.

Written by Jeffrey Hatcher, playwright-in-residence at the Old Globe Theatre, this new adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's novel An Unsocial Socialist has been praised as "entertaining and eloquent." The play focuses on a groom who, minutes after his wedding, abandons his wife with the declaration that socialism and marriage don't mix; he decides to take over a girls' school to spread his socialist views, but problems arise when he is discovered by his wife. Director Greg Leaming is former artistic director of the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT, and newly appointed head of directing at the Meadows School.

FALL DANCE CONCERT
November 13-17, 2002 in the Bob Hope Theatre; 8 PM Wed.-Sat.; 2 PM Sun.

The concert features the remarkable duet masterpiece The Beloved by the great American dancer and choreographer Lester Horton, whose influence was reflected in the work of former pupil Alvin Ailey, and the beautiful Pas de Cinq from Act III of Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty.

SPRING DANCE CONCERT
March 26-30, 2003 in the Bob Hope Theatre; 8 PM Wed.-Sat.; 2 PM Sun.

Included are a piece choreographed by artist-in-residence Max Stone and inspired by the sculpture of noted contemporary artist James Surls; a revival of a work by the great Broadway choreographer Agnes de Mille; and a spectacular Las Vegas-style finale staged by alumnus Ralph Perkins.

ADDITIONAL PLAYS

KING LEAR by William Shakespeare
Director: Dan Day
October 23-27, 2002 in the Margo Jones Theatre; 8 PM Wed.-Sat.; 2 PM Sat. & Sun.

Widely regarded as Shakespeare's crowning artistic achievement, King Lear centers on an aged monarch's youngest daughter and her refusal to follow her sisters in professing their love for their father in order to receive his land. This new look at a well-known classic is a co-production with the Meadows alumni-founded Kitchen Dog Theater. Director Dan Day is an SMU faculty member.

VENUS by Suzan Lori-Parks
Director: Rhonda Blair
October 30-November 3, 2002 in the Greer Garson Theatre; 8 PM Wed.-Sat.; 2 PM Sat. & Sun.

Winner of a 1996 Obie Award for Best New American Play, Venus tells the story of an African woman lured to England in the early 19th century with the promise of becoming a dancer, and then caged and forced to perform as a sideshow freak. Director Rhonda Blair is an SMU faculty member with a special interest in feminism, theatre and performance.

NEW VISIONS, NEW VOICES
April 9-13, 2003 in the Margo Jones Theatre; 8 PM Wed.-Sat.; 2 PM Sat. & Sun.

Produced each spring, the Meadows School's annual playwriting festival features original full-length plays written and directed by seniors in theatre studies.


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