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2019-2020 USF Theatre and Dance Season

Find yourself in the theatre at USF! Play Readings, Musicals, Dance Concerts, Contemporary Plays and Shakespeare - the 2019-20 Theatre and Dance season has something for everyone!

Fall 2019

Staged Readings Series

Find yourself listening the stories of people navigating the joys and challenges of life in two plays being considered for the next season. Be in on the selection process and "hear" the play you may "see" next year.

All performances are free and open to the public.

Performance location:
TAR 120 (USF Theatre Centre Building)
please call 813-974-2323 for more information

There will be post-show discussions with the cast after every performance so that the audience can give feedback on the play.

PLEASE NOTE: Seating is limited and there will be no late seating for these performances. These shows contain adult content and language and are not suitable for children under 15.

How I Learned to Drive, by Paula Vogel, directed by Stephen Huff
Sat Sept 7@ 7:30 & Sun Sept 8 @ 3:00, 2019
Through non-chronological flashbacks, Li’l Bit, now in her forties, uses learning to drive as a metaphor for her learning about sex, and about life, from her aunt’s husband, Peck, with whom she has a relationship.

Intimate Apparel, by Lynn Nottage, directed by Fanni V. Green
Sat Sept 14 @ 7:30 & Sun Sept 15@ 3:00, 2019
In 1905, New York City, Esther, a black seamstress, lives in a boarding house for women and sews intimate apparel for clients. She begins to receive beautiful letters from a Caribbean man named George, and over time George persuades her that they should marry, sight unseen. When George arrives in New York, he turns out not to be the man his letters painted him to be, and he absconds with Esther's savings. Deeply wounded by the betrayal, but somehow unbroken, Esther returns to the boarding house determined to use her gifted hands and her sewing machine to refashion her dreams.

October -- Spanish Staged Reading at Stageworks, directed by Dora Arreola

Stageworks and the USF Department of Theatre Acting in Spanish Class present:
The Staged Reading in Spanish of La Casa de Rigoberta Mira Al Sur (The House of Rigoberta Faces South) by Aristides Vargas, directed by Dora Arreola

Sunday, October 13, 6:00 PM

Description: La Casa de Rigoberta Mira Al Sur traces the political strife of Nicaragua, and tells the story of Rigoberta’s grandmother and parents. While Rigoberta roams through their minds and home, her mother can’t forget, and her father tries unsuccessfully to adjust to the post-revolutionary era.

Cast: USF Acting in Spanish Class Students:

RIGOBERTA....Maya Quiñones
ABUELA..........Gabrielle Wyatt
ELLA ...............Jada Canty, Chloe Baiza and Eliette Rogers
EL ..................Carlos Tunnermann and Paul Delbecq

 

The Wolves

Illustrated poster for The Wolves, featuring a soccer ball in the lower right corner on a green field, with the title "The Wolves" in all caps standing behind the ball.

The Wolves

The Wolves

by Sarah DeLappe
Directed by Dan Granke
Theatre 2

Thurs, Sept 26 - Sat, Sept 28 at 7:30
Sun, Sept 29 at 3:00

Tickets:
Student/Senior/Active Military $10
General Admission: $15

For tickets and further information: usf.edu/arts or 813-974-2323

The mystery of the restricted title is solved! Join TheatreUSF for our production of The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe, directed by Dan Granke.

Find yourself on a wide open green field – getting ready to go on the attack against an opposing team and navigating the rough waters of friendship and rivalries among teammates. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, this indoor girls soccer team tackles big questions and wages tiny battles with the power of a pack of adolescent warriors.

PLEASE NOTE: This show contains adult themes and content. It is intended for high school students and up.

Costume Design: Nadalia Hiraldo Morales
Scenic Design: Sasha Beers
Lighting Design: Jayce Bertucelli

World premiere produced by The Playwrights Realm (Katherine Kovner, Artistic Director l Roberta Pereira, Producing Director) on September 8, 2016 and remounted on December 5, 2016 by special arrangement with Scott Rudin and Eli Bush.

Originally presented by New York Stage and Film and Vassar in the Powerhouse Season, Summer, 2016.

Playwrights Horizons Theatre School produced a workshop of The Wolves in 2015 in association with Clubbed Thumb, where the play had been developed previously.

Winner of the 2016 Sky Cooper New American Play Prize at Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley, CA. Jason Minadakis, Artistic Director; Keri Kellerman, Managing Director

Produced by Lincoln Center Theatre, New York City, 2017

 

2019 Fall Dance Concert

Poster for the 2019 Fall Dance Concert, featuring a female dancer posing in front of an orange background. She bends her body to the side, her arms raised. Her legs are lowered to the ground.

2019 Fall Dance Concert

DanceUSF Presents the

Fall Dance Concert

Theatre 1
Thurs, Oct 3 - Sat, Oct 5 at 7:30
Sun, Oct 6 at 3:00

Tickets:
Student/Senior/Active Military $10
General Admission: $15

For tickets and further information: usf.edu/arts or 813-974-2323

Find yourself gliding across the stage, being lifted through the air and landing with perfect grace. This will be an evening of fast paced movement and agile choreography by our talented DanceUSF Faculty and guest artist Erik Wagner.

DanceUSF Professors Jeanne Travers and Bliss Kohlmyer will be taking their pieces from this concert and traveling with DanceUSF students to Beijing, China to participate in the International Creative Dance Seminar at Beijing Normal University.

The USF / China Exchange Program is a unique opportunity for dancers to have an artistic, cultural and educational experience in China. The International Creative Dance Seminar offers students the chance to interact with faculty and students from many different countries that come together to share the common language of dance. Through diverse classes such as Chinese Traditional Folk Dance, Tibetan Dance, Contemporary Modern Dance, Dance Improvisation and World Dance students will gain a rich knowledge about the artistry of different world cultures.

Guest Artist

Erik Wagner is a native of Clearwater Beach, and is thrilled to be home, and making work at the University of South Florida. His history performing with the San Francisco Ballet, Béjart Ballet Lausanne, Ballet X, and the Stadttheater Bern Ballet lay an eclectic foundation upon which his practice in teaching and choreography is built. In June 2019, Dance Teacher Magazine published his views on teaching adagio, and in 2018 Dance Magazine live-streamed his ballet class via Facebook. He recently assisted staging and choreography for the Fischerspooner concert in San Francisco, where his dances have been featured in the West Wave Dance Festival, Kunst-Stoff Festival, Joe Goode Feedback, The Garage, The News: Fresh Queer Performance, and the Lines Ballet Training Program. From 2013-2015, Erik served as a Guest Lecturer of Dance at Stanford University.

 

Cabaret

Poster for Cabaret, featuring a chair against a dark red background. Another chair in the back has fallen over, its legs visible. There is a lone hat sitting on the ground next to the standing chair. The dates for the play are written along the bottom of the poster.

Cabaret

Cabaret (1998 Version)

Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, and Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play I Am A Camera by John van Druten and The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood
Original Production Co-directed and Choreographed by Rob Marshall
Original Production Directed by Sam Mendes

USF Production Directed by Douglas S. Hall
USF Production Choreographed by Michael Foley

Fri, Nov 15 - Sat, Nov 16 & Thur, Nov 21 - Sat, Nov 23 @ 7:30
Sun, Nov 17 & Sun, Nov 23 @ 3:00
Theatre 2, USF Tampa Campus

Tickets:
Student/Senior/Active Military $15
General Admission: $20

For tickets and further information: usf.edu/arts or 813-974-2323

In a Berlin nightclub, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the CABARET. With the Emcee’s bawdy songs as wry commentary, CABARET explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken by English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally’s boarding house, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish. Musical numbers include “Willkommen,” “Cabaret,” “Don’t Tell Mama” and “Two Ladies.”

PLEASE NOTE: This show contains adult themes and content. It is intended for high school students and up.

Choreographer: Michael Foley
Music Director: Jeremy Silverman
Costume Design: Marilyn Gaspardo Bertch
Scenic Design: Soledad Sanchez Valdez
Lighting Design: Beau Edwardson
Sound Design: Karla Hartley

CABARET is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK.

 

Spring 2020

Staged Readings Series

The House of Bernarda Alba, Sat Feb 1 @ 7:30 & Sun Feb 2 @ 3:00

The Religion Thing, Sat Feb 8 @ 7:30 & Sun Feb 9 @ 3:00

Find yourself listening the stories of people navigating the joys and challenges of life in two plays being considered for the next season. Be in on the selection process and "hear" the play you may "see" next year.

All performances are free and open to the public.

Performance location:
TAR 120 (USF Theatre Center Building), please call 813-974-2323 for more information.

There will be post-show discussions with the cast after every performance so that the audience can give feedback on the play.

PLEASE NOTE: Seating is limited and there will be no late seating for these performances. These shows contain adult content and language and are not suitable for children under 15.

The House of Bernarda Alba, by Federico Garcia Lorca, Translation by Emily Mann, directed by Dora Arreola
Sat Feb 1 @ 7:30 & Sun Feb 2 @ 3:00
Upon her second husband's death, domineering matriarch Bernarda Alba imposes an eight-year mourning period on her household in accordance with her family tradition. Bernarda has five daughters, aged between 20 and 39, whom she has controlled inexorably and prohibited from any form of relationship. The mourning period further isolates them and tension mounts within the household.

The Religion Thing, by Renee Calarco, directed by Douglas S. Hall
Sat Feb 8 @ 7:30 & Sun Feb 9 @ 3:00
Mo and Brian are a picture-perfect DC couple: they’re smart, they’re witty, and they have a beautifully remodeled kitchen. But when Mo’s best friend Patti announces she’s found Jesus and is putting her own career on hold, Mo must take a closer look at the harder truths surrounding her own marriage. A comedy about relationships, faith, and the fine line between compromise and regret.

 

 

Orlando

Illustrated poster for Orlando, featuring a close-up of a person with long wavy hair brushed to one side of their face. They look ahead with a solemn face.

Orlando

Orlando

by Virginia Woolf
Directed and Adapted by Helen Tennsion*
Theatre 2

Thurs, Feb 27 - Sat, Feb 29 at 7:30
Sun, March 1 at 3:00

Find yourself traveling through time, space and gender on a sweeping romantic journey with Orlando. An original adaptation of the Virginia Woolf novel. TheatreUSF British International Theatre Production.

Tickets: $10 Student/Senior/Active Military
$15 General Admission

For tickets and information please visit the Arts Box Office or call 813-974-2323.

Projection Design: Eva Auster*
Composition and Sound Design: Matt Eaton*
Costume Design: Elizabeth Bourgeois
Set Design: David Castellano
Lighting Design: Samantha Spiro

*denotes TheatreUSF British International Theatre Guest Artist

Orlando has always been an outsider... His longing for passion, adventure and fulfillment takes him out of his own time. Chasing a dream through the centuries, he bounds from Elizabethan England and imperial Turkey to the modern world. Will he find happiness with the exotic Russian Princess Sasha? Or is the dashing explorer Shelmerdine the ideal man? And what form will Orlando take on the journey - a nobleman, traveler, writer? Man or... woman?

British International Theatre Program
The USF School of Theatre and Dance’s British International Theatre (BRIT) Program has been alive and well for more than 25 years, bringing a wide range of outstanding guest artists from the United Kingdom to work side by side with our TheatreUSF students. Professional directors and choreographers, leading actors in theatre, television and film, voice and speech experts and top rate designers have all been guest teachers and artists in residence. TheatreUSF will be forever grateful to the founders Hinks and Elaine Shimberg, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, John and Lisel Gale, and Dan Doyle for the vision and financial resources that make this program possible.

 

2020 Spring Dance Concert

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2020 Spring Dance Concert

Spring Dance Concert

Theatre 1
Thurs, April 2 - Sat, April 4 at 7:30
Sun, April 5 at 3:00

Find yourself transported by our DanceUSF students as they move across the stage. An exciting evening of dance with choreography by faculty members Paula Nunez and John Parks as well as DanceUSF alumni Macy’s Guest Artists Alex Jones and Sadie Lehmker.

Tickets: $10 Student/Senior/Active Military
$15 General Admission

For tickets and information please visit the Arts Box Office or call 813-974-2323.

Choreographers

Alex Jones is a graduate of the University of South Florida. In addition to his collegiate training at USF, Alex received his dance training from The Dance Center at Satya Life, Highlands School of Dance, Harrison Arts Center, and LINES Ballet BFA Program. He has had the opportunity to work with Alonzo King, Bill T. Jones in Serenade/The Proposition, and Doug Varone in The Rite of Spring. He has performed in Tunisia, Africa with the University of South Florida on behalf of the American Embassy and the Tunisian Dance Federation. He has performed for Walt Disney World in Dream Along with Mickey, Beauty and the Beast Live Onstage, Hocus Pocus Villian Spelltacular, and Lion King: Concert in the Wild as the Spirit of Simba. Alex has presented three evening length works at the Studio@620 in St. Petersburg, one of which was funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Recently, Alex is the artistic director of Collective Soles Dance Company in Tampa. He is honored to take the company to new heights and explore and grow in his craft.

Sadie Lehmker is a freelance dancer and choreographer currently based in the Tampa Bay area, where she is an active member of the dance community.

In 2017, Sadie received her MFA in Dance at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and additionally received a Graduate Certificate in World Performance Studies from the University of Michigan in 2016. Through her time at the University of Michigan, she worked with Charles Gushue/Gushue Moving Arts, Xan Burley + Alex Spring/the Median Movement, and Meredith Monk, as well as university faculty. In 2010, Sadie received her B.A. in Dance Studies magna cum laude from the University of South Florida with a focus in Dance History and Honors College Distinction. While at USF, Sadie performed in the 2010 USF School of Theatre and Dance’s production of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company’s Serenade/The Proposition. She also had the opportunity to study abroad and perform in France in 2008 and returned in 2009 and 2016 for solo creative research ventures. She has performed across Florida, in New York City, in Michigan, in California, and in Paris.

In Florida, Sadie has set work on St. Petersburg College, Moving Current Dance Collective, Florida Dance Arts, America's Ballet School, Florida Dance Festival, and Shoes at the Door Dance. Her choreography has been accepted into several festivals in Florida, and has been showcased in southeast Michigan. In 2013, Sadie was selected as a Choreographer-in-Residence for the annual Florida Dance Festival. Additionally, she has extensive project and production management through different non-profit organizations in the Tampa Bay area, and works as a stage and house manager at both USF and Florida Southern College.

Currently, Sadie is an adjunct professor of dance at Florida Southern College and the University of South Florida. Sadie also continues to teach master classes and work her own choreographic projects in Florida.

 

Measure for Measure

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Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure

by William Shakespeare
Directed by Fanni V. Green
Theatre 2

Wed, April 22 - Sat, April 25 at 7:30
Sun, April 26 at 3:00

Find yourself taken with Isabella, struggling to make an impossible decision. Would you give up your essential self in order to save someone you love?

Tickets: $10 Student/Senior/Active Military
$15 General Admission

For tickets and information please visit the Arts Box Office or call 813-974-2323.

Costume Design: Marilyn Gaspardo Bertch
Set Design: Soledad Sanchez Valdez
Lighting Design: Beau Edwardson

Shakespeare's Measure for Measure centers around the fate of Claudio, who is arrested by Lord Angelo, the temporary leader of Vienna. Angelo is left in charge by the Duke, who pretends to leave town but instead dresses as a friar to observe the goings-on in his absence. Angelo is strict, moralistic, and unwavering in his decision-making; he decides that there is too much freedom in Vienna and takes it upon himself to rid the city of brothels and unlawful sexual activity.Claudio is arrested for impregnating Juliet, his lover, before they were married and sentenced to death in order to serve as an example to the other Viennese citizens.

Isabella, Claudio's sister, is about to enter a nunnery when her brother is arrested. When she hears of her brother's arrest, she goes to Angelo to beg him for mercy. He refuses, but suggests that there might be some way to change his mind. When he propositions her, saying that he will let Claudio live if she agrees to have sexual intercourse with him, she is shocked and immediately refuses. The Duke, dressed as a friar, intervenes. He tells her that Angelo's former lover, Mariana, was engaged to be married to him, but he abandoned her when she lost her dowry in a shipwreck. The Duke forms a plan by which Isabella will agree to have sex with the Angelo, but then Mariana will go in her place. The next morning, Angelo will pardon Claudio and be forced to marry Mariana according to the law.

John W. Holloway Endowment in Dance and Theatre
The John W. Holloway Endowed Chair in Dance and Theatre provides these programs with funds on an annual basis. John W. Holloway, a TheatreUSF graduate, has systematically donated enhancement funds to build the Theatre and Dance programs to exceptional artistic status. The Holloway Endowed Chair has allowed both theatre and dance majors to work with renowned international artists in the creation of new work and in the preparation of interdisciplinary stage productions on important contemporary subjects.

 

Other Season Events!

Student Theatre Production Board Production
Oct 31 - Nov 2 at 7:30
TAR 120 (Theatre Center)
Free Event

BFA End of Semester Showings
DanceUSF students present their semester end BFA projects! Come and support our talented students!
Dec 3 & April 29 at 7:30
Theatre 1
$10

Student Dance Concert
Our amazing DanceUSF students showcase their own original choreographic work in this once a year concert. From ballet to modern and everything in between this eclectic concert is not to me missed. Come support the talented students of DanceUSF at this Student Dance Production Board sponsored annual performance.
Jan 31 & Feb 1 at 7:30
Feb 1 at 3:00
Theatre 1
Tickets: $10 Students, Seniors, Active Military // $15 General Admission
Tickets sold at the door the night of the performance