UR Free Theatre and Dance

UR Free Theatre and Dance Fall 2021 Season

The Department of Theatre and Dance has created the UR Free Theatre and Dance initiative in order to remove economic barriers and make theatre and dance accessible to everyone. The department is committed to the theatre as a vibrant cultural force that engages audiences in meaningful ways and addresses important issues of our time through compelling live performances. 

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Scapino, The Trickster

By Moliere
Adapted and translated by Matt DiCintio

Directed by Walter Schoen
Costume Design by Johann Stegmeir 
Light & Sound Design by Robby Williams
Scenic Design by Vicki Davis

September 29 – October 2, 2021 at 7:00 PM
Jenkins Greek Theatre
Reserve Tickets

In Moliere’s homage to the slapstick elements of the classic comedy form known as commedia dell’arte, Scapino “bamboozles” two crusty, old fathers to pave the path of true love for their children.

 


Les Blancs

By Lorraine Hansberry

Directed by Tawnya Pettiford-Wates, Ph.D.
Costume Design by Johann Stegmeir 
Light & Sound Design by Maja E. White
Scenic Design by Vicki Davis

November 18-20, 2021 at 7:30 PM
November 21, 2021 at 2:00 PM
Modlin Center for the Arts
Alice Jepson Theatre
Reserve Tickets

Les Blancs by Lorraine Hansberry is an epic story that embraces generations, legacy, time and both the ancestral and spiritual planes. It uses ritual, music, dance and story to weave a passionate and heroic tale. The story takes place in a fictional African nation called Zatembe where an old European Mission sits at the center of the activities for the native village people and the mission’s residents in around the mission compound. Hansberry’s work explores themes of honor, duty, family, dignity and loss as Tshembe Matoseh returns to his ancestral home to ceremonially bury his father with his three brothers, and encounters Charlie Morris, a white American journalist come to do an expose’ on the exalted Reverend Nielsen, who founded the mission so many years before. Charlie’s article is supposed to be somewhat of a tribute to the work and “sacrifice” of the missionary life. He is most particularly focused on the honorable Reverend Nielsen who dedicated himself and his life to living and working in and amongst the native people. Upon meeting Tshembe, all of Charlie Morris’ plans and assumptions about the mission, the Reverend, and the villagers come into question and the play dives deeply into an interrogation of colonialism, white supremacy, and rebellion. In returning home to Africa, Tshembe is faced with his own doubts, fears and contradictions about his identity and his legacy as an African man whether of the past, the present or the future to come. Hansberry’s play is bold and fiercely honest as it interrogates the cost of liberation and freedom measured against the rising tide of resistance, the rejection of imperialism, and the blind allegiance to God and country.