Summer Update 2019: Part Two

In this two-part series, we continue to highlight the work of Texas Theatre and Dance students and faculty as they share their talents outside of Winship during the summer months.

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Summer Update 2019: Part One

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With the 2018–2019 academic year and production season over, summer settles into the Winship Drama Building. No rest, however, for the artistic! Texas Theatre and Dance faculty, staff and students are making their way all around the globe for a range of creative and scholastic projects. In this two-part series, we give a brief glimpse into the whos, whats and wheres of Summer 2019. This installment: our notes for June.

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Hollywood Comes to Austin

Theatre and Dance Live Design Faculty Karen L. Maness, Scenic Art Supervisor at Texas Performing Arts (TPA), details an important arrival on campus as part of the Art Directors Guild Backdrop Recovery Project.

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PODCAST: A Conversation With Daria Miyeko Marinelli

Ryan Alvarado sits down for a conversation with Daria Miyeko Marinelli, playwright of UTNT (UT New Theatre)’s 30 Floods, on stage at the Winship Drama Building through March 31, 2019. Information and tickets available at JoinTheDrama.org

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Meet the Cast: The Women of _______ (a song not song)

Meet the cast of The Women of _______ (a song not song), a production inspired by Euripides’ The Women of Troy, a tragedy in which the Trojan women mourn their fates after their husbands are killed and Troy burns. Written by I-Chia Chiu, kt shorb and the ensemble, the play invites the audience to join a group of nameless ghosts on a multilingual journey through poems and tales, to restore dead memories, to trace linguistic and cultural annihilation and to speak for the silenced voices in history. As a partially-devised work collecting the voices of historically marginalized people, the play explores trauma, political wars and our personal battles against ourselves.

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The World of THE WOMEN OF _______ (A SONG NOT SONG)

Dramaturg Alexis Riley guides us through the processes, worlds and histories of The Women of _______ (a song not song).

“This is a play about how songs are washed away, and how they forgot they were songs after the rain.”

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Alumni Spotlight: Felicia Fitzpatrick

Amid her busy life as the Director of Social Media at Playbill, Texas Theatre and Dance alumna Felicia Fitzpatrick (B.A. 2014) found time to answer our questions about her daily duties, the state of social media in American theatre and her time at UT.

Photo by Mark J. Franklin.

Photo by Mark J. Franklin.

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Meet the Cast: The Merchant of Venice

Meet the cast of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice which tells the story of a businesswoman, hated for being Jewish, who tries to break into the clique of rich men who run Venice. A wealthy merchant seeks to buy the love of a young man. A sheltered heiress attempts to escape her dead father’s will. One of Shakespeare’s most controversial and misunderstood plays, this production of The Merchant of Venice tackles, head-on, the topics of anti-Semitism, misogyny and homophobia in society.

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PODCAST: In Conversation — Tackling “The Merchant of Venice”

Burgess Byrd (Shylock), Bella Medina (Portia) and Adam L. Sussman (Director) sit down with Texas Theatre and Dance Marketing and Events Assistant Ryan Prendergast to discuss the challenges and rewards of one of Shakespeare’s most controversial and misunderstood plays. Part scathing social satire, part romantic comedy, part revenge thriller, The Merchant of Venice defies expectations and asks us to examine what hatred we hold in our hearts.

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Experiencing Dance Through Emerging Technologies

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The works of Dance Repertory Theatre’s Fall For Dance explore embodiment, community, diversity and introductions. Dorothy O’Shea Overbey’s new work, Invention in Three Parts, features the work of faculty and students from the Department of Theatre and Dance and Radio-Television-Film in a collaborative performance blending virtual reality, motion capture technology and contemporary ballet.

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