Sneak Peak: The Real Inspector Hound
The Real Inspector Hound
By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Desdemona Chiang, MFA '09
We are thrilled to welcome back UW alumna director Desdemona Chiang as she takes on Tom Stoppard's hilarious1968 play-within-a-play. Since graduating in 2009, Desdemona founded the critically acclaimed Azeotrope theatre in Seattle and is currently the Associate Artistic Director of Impact Theatre in Berkeley.
The Real Inspector Hound is an Agatha Christie-style murder-mystery set at an isolated country manor. Theatre critics Moon and Birdboot are swept into the whodunit they are viewing and must navigate the satirical trappings set by mysterious strangers, a bitter love triangle and, of course, a madman on the loose!
Check out the sneak peak video above and then come watch our third-year graduate students showcase their comedic acting skills.
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Performing Arts Lecture Series - Radical Acts: Performance and Social Change
For the second season of our Performing Arts Lecture Series, professors from the School of Drama and Ethnomusicology consider the weaponization of performance across genre and media.
There are two lectures remaining in the series. Join us on Tuesday, October 15 as School of Drama's new Associate Professor Scott Magelssen explores protest theatre and environmental activism.
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Meet New Associate Professor Scott Magelssen
Scott Magelssen holds a PhD in Theatre History, Theory, and Dramatic Literature from the University of Minnesota, and teaches Theatre History and Performance Studies. His work treats the ways tourism, businesses, and the military use live simulation and performance to create and reinforce meaning for participants. His book Simming: Participatory Performance and the Making of Meaning, will be published this year by University of Michigan Press. He is the author of Living History Museums (2007), and co-editor of Enacting History (2011), Theatre Historiography: Critical Interventions (2010), and Querying Difference in Theatre History (2007).
Scott is the President of Mid-America Theatre Conference, outgoing editor of Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, and Associate Editor of Southern Illinois University Press’s Theater in the Americas book series. He hosts the website theater-historiography.org with Henry Bial, and serves on the editorial boards for Theatre Topics, Theatre History Studies, and Theatre/Practice.
Scott recently took some time to answer a few questions. To hear more, be sure to join us for Scott's lecture on October 15 and help us extend an enthusiastic welcome to the UW School of Drama.
1. What makes you excited about joining the UW and School of Drama?
Ever since I started getting into academic theatre, nearly twenty years ago now, I have admired the UW School of Drama and the rigor and excellence of its programs. The School's faculty and graduate students have always had a high-profile presence at academic conferences with their exciting and innovative research in theatre history and theory. To now be able to join the community and count these fine scholars as my colleagues and students is an amazing thing.
2. Can you tell us about a surprising discovery or experience you’ve had as a result of your research and/or teaching?
What my most recent project has taught me is how many "non-theatre" people use theatre and performance in their every day lives, from performative simulations in job training and research, to the armed services and civil defense volunteers using theatre to prepare for future contingencies, to museums using theatre to remember the past.
3. What one thing about Seattle and/or the UW has made the biggest impression?
Apart from the striking beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and the friendliness of the people around here, I've been really struck by how environmentally conscientious Seattle and the UW are, from earth-friendly packaging, to compost pick-up, to the greening of urban spaces. When I got to the airport, the cab that drove me into town was a Prius!
4. When not teaching, writing or researching, what could one find you doing?
I've enjoyed exploring Seattle and the Puget Sound area with my family: visiting museums, exploring the bike trails and parks, and taking advantage of the rich cultural (and culinary) offerings!
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The Undergraduate Theater Society Presents Love Song
By John Kolvenbach
Directed by Rosalind Phelps
October 24 - November 3
The Undergraduate Theater Society kicks-off their 2013-2014 season with John Kolvenback's off-beat comedy, which walks the line between imagination and reality and explores the power of love in all its forms.
Beane is an exile from life—an oddball. His well-meaning sister, Joan, and brother-in-law, Harry, try to connect with him and alter his outlook, but find their own busy lives too absorbing. Following a burglary in Beane's apartment, Joan is baffled to find her brother blissfully happy and overflowing with enthusiasm. Joan and Harry become inspired by Beane's new perspective on life as they attempt to unravel the story behind his mysterious new love.
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Summer 2013 Wrap-Up
Summer might be the time of easy living, but UW School of Drama faculty, students and alums were busy acting, directing and creating plays across the country.
If you haven’t been following us on Facebook and Twitter you may have missed our bragging about the following accomplishments of our students and alums:
Ron Simons, MFA '01, premiered two films - Blue Caprice and Mother of George.
Desdemona Chiang, MFA '09, directed Azeotrope's Northwest premiere of Gruesome Playground Injuries, starring UW alums Richard Sloniker and Amanda Zarr.
Professor Valerie Curtis-Newton directed Trouble in Mind as part of Intiman Theatre's Summer Festival.
Bobbin Ramsey, BA '13, directed Arts on the Waterfront's Waiting for Godot, starring Jay Myers, BA '12, Ben Phillips, BA '13, and Spencer Hamp, BA '14. Many other UW alums and students rounded out the team.
Marya Sea Kaminski, PATP '04, Aaron Blakely, PATP '09, Pamela Reed, BA '75, and Lori Larsen, BA '72, starred in ACT Theatre's Other Desert Cities, with scenic design by retired faculty Robert Dahlstrom.
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In the Community
Seattle Repertory Theatre’s The Hound of the Baskervilles
November 15 – December 15, 2013
Expect suspense and laughs alike in Seattle Repertory Theatre’s world premiere of this popular Sherlock Holmes tale adapted by veteran Seattle theatre artists David Pichette and R. Hamilton Wright. Witty sensibility is brought to this classic Victorian whodunit about an attempted murder tied to the legend of a fearsome, diabolical hound.
Tickets at seattlerep.org
Huskies receive 10% off tickets during Seattle Rep's 2013-2014 season with the discount code DAWGS at:
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