UM Jerry Herman Ring Theatre Announces its 2010-2011 Season

UM's Department of Theatre Arts Presents Five Plays This Season

Coral Gables (May 26, 2010) — The University of Miami’s Department of Theatre Arts presents its 2010-2011 Season which kicks off on September 29, 2010 with Urinetown, a Tony award winning comedy. Other season highlights include Big Love and Carousel for a total of five plays that highlight the shining talent of UM’s rising stars of the stage.

The Ring Theatre 2010-11 season includes:

URINETOWN
September 29 – October 9, 2010
Music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann; book and lyrics by Greg Kotis
Don’t let the title turn you off! Urinetown is one of the most uproariously funny Broadway musicals in recent years. A satirical tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is literally worth its weight in gold, Urinetown is set in a Gotham-like city where a terrible water shortage has led to a government-enforced ban on all private toilets and all bathrooms are now regulated by a single malevolent, greedy corporation. An irreverently hilarious spoof and timely comment on corporate greed, Urinetown won 2002 Tony Awards for Best Script and Best Score and was nominated for Best Musical.

HEDDA GABLER
November 10 – 20, 2010
By Henrik Ibsen
Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen has been lauded as one of the most significant dramatists of the modern theatre for his unflinching realism, his controversial subject matter, and his revolutionary portrayal of women as independent thinkers. Hedda Gabler, his endlessly fascinating and controversial heroine, has intrigued audiences for over 100 years. What is the source of her mystery? “Probably her mystery itself,” wrote drama critic Ben Brantley in the New York Times. “No matter how many times we encounter her, how many new angles we view her from, Hedda remains strangely inscrutable, her essence as elusive as the murky depths of our own tangled psyches.” Ibsen's taut masterpiece unflinchingly leads us to its shocking yet inevitable conclusion.

BIG LOVE
February 16 – 27, 2011
By Charles L. Mee
Based on Aeschylus’ classic Greek tragedy The Suppliant Women, playwright Charles L. Mee’s contemporary version, Big Love, seizes its timeless plot by the throat, updates it, and spins an explosively theatrical experience. Centering on fifty brides rebelling against their arranged marriages to fifty grooms, Big Love is both a somber mediation on the ancient themes of justice and revenge and also a wild, sometimes hilarious celebration of the enduring power of love. From the arrival in Italy of the fleeing brides as they occupy a grand villa, to their maniacal dance macabre at play's end, Big Love is both diabolically shocking and outrageously funny. “The audience alternatively laughs, hisses, and gasps, at times in horror, and at others in delight.” (Curtain Up).

LYSISTRATA
February 17 – 26, 2011
By Aristophanes
Ancient Greece is now in the 21st year of its war with Sparta and there seems to be no prospect of peace. The weary women of Athens, emboldened by Lysistrata, barricade themselves in the Acropolis and shock their warrior spouses by declaring that there will be no lovemaking until the war has been ended! Needless to say, peace is rapidly summoned by their soldier husbands more in need of physical affection than mortal combat. With its bawdy humor, its satirical and timeless commentary on both politics and war, and its still-relevant-today portrait of the ageless battle of the sexes, Aristophanes’ 2,000-year-old play is just as titillating, hilarious and rewarding now as it was when it first rocked the massive amphitheatre of Athens.
(Big Love and Lysistrata alternate performances over two weeks)

CAROUSEL
April 13 – 23, 2011
Music by Richard Rodgers; book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
In a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, the swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries the naive millworker, Julie Jordan. So begins one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved Broadway musicals, Carousel. Exactly the kind of musical people refer to when they say, “They don’t make ‘em like that anymore,” Carousel has been dazzling and moving audiences around the world since its premiere in 1945. With such classic songs as The Carousel Waltz, If I Loved You, June is Bustin' Out All Over and You'll Never Walk Alone, Carousel is dramatic, inspiring, and impassioned, and promises to be sold out before it even opens. Subscribe so you won’t miss it!

Season subscriptions for all five shows are on sale now through October with savings of 18% off the cost of individual tickets. Individual ticket prices are $16-$22 for weeknights and matinees; $18-$25 for Friday and Saturday nights. There are discounts for UM faculty, staff and alumni, seniors (65 and older) and students. Call the theatre at 305-284-3355 for more information or log on to http://www.miami.edu/ring.

The Jerry Herman Ring Theatre is located at 1312 Miller Drive on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus. The theatre is wheelchair accessible, has handicapped parking, and offers free infrared hearing devices. Parking is free and plentiful adjacent to the theatre.

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