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SMU Meadows School of the Arts
(214) 768-3785 or (214) 768-2788

April 4, 2003

SMU's Meadows School Of The Arts Presents Jeffrey Hatcher's Comic Play SMASH!

DALLAS (SMU) -- The Division of Theatre at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts will present the comic play SMASH! by Jeffrey Hatcher from April 23-27 in the Bob Hope Theatre of the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. Greg Leaming, former artistic director of the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT, and new head of directing at the Meadows School, will direct. 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 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.

SMASH! is Jeffrey Hatcher's adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's first and only novel, "An Unsocial Socialist," and charmingly blends Shavian wit and intelligence with Hatcher's contemporary comic sensibilities. Set in 1910, the story revolves around Sidney Trefusis, a wealthy anarchist bent on radically changing society. He decides to establish a girls' school as his center of operations, only to learn that no political ideology can match the power of romance and sex. It is women, discovers Sidney, who are capable of truly smashing society into smithereens.

Greg Leaming, associate professor and head of directing at the Meadows School, joined SMU last August from the Long Wharf Theatre, 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. There he directed numerous productions, including the world premieres of Constance Congdon's Losing Father's Body and Keith Curran's Church of the Sole Survivor, both of which won the national W. Alton Jones New Play Award.

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.