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UH School of Theatre & Dance Announces 2022-23 Season Featuring 10 Productions

The season kicks off in September with the classic Moliére comedy "The Learned Ladies," directed by Brandon Weinbrenner.

UH School of Theatre & Dance Announces 2022-23 Season Featuring 10 Productions


The School of Theatre & Dance at the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts at the University of Houston has announced its 2022-23 season. Featuring 10 productions, the season promises to be one of the school's most ambitious in recent memory.

For the first time ever, this production season will feature professional guest directors leading each play.

"We have been hiring more and more professional directors in recent years, and the 2022-23 season is the culmination of that initiative," said Robert Shimko, director of the School of Theatre & Dance. "Some of these exciting guest artists have prior connections to our school, while others are making their UH directing debuts."

The season kicks off in September with the classic Moliére comedy "The Learned Ladies," directed by Brandon Weinbrenner, associate producer and casting director at The Alley Theatre.

"Brandon directed a wonderful production of 'Picnic' at UH last year, and we are very excited for

his hilarious 90s sitcom-inspired take on 'The Learned Ladies,'" Shimko said.

November will see the world premiere of "Fish's Belly," written by UH senior playwright Jaurius Norman and directed by recent alum ShaWanna Renee Rivon. Inspired by George C. Wolfe's modern classic "The Colored Museum," "Fish's Belly" centers a thematically-linked set of narratives about missing Black youths.

"Jaurius' play tackles the underreported problem of missing Black kids in America," Shimko said. "It's an incredibly powerful piece of work-a truly amazing debut play by a rising young star."

Other highlights in the fall semester include a highly imaginative young audiences production of "Rumpelstiltskin," as well as José Zayas directing the Obie Award-winning magical realist play "Marisol." Zayas has directed over 100 productions in New York, regionally and internationally, and directed a show at The Alley Theatre last year. The fall semester will conclude with the annual Emerging Choreographers Showcase, featuring a diverse selection of new works from up-and-coming dance UH artists.

The spring semester begins in February with "The Wolves," a recent Pulitzer Prize finalist about a girls' high school soccer team, directed by Sophia Watt.

Aaron Brown, a first-time UH director and professor of directing at Sam Houston State University, will helm a dynamic production of "Shakespeare in Love," a stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning film.

Also included is the eleventh annual 10-Minute Play Festival, featuring nine brand new works from the school's Bachelor of Fine Arts playwriting program. The season will conclude with UH Ensemble Dance Works, featuring a slate of exciting original pieces choreographed by UH Dance faculty and professional guest artists.

FALL 2022

"The Learned Ladies" by Moliére

Directed by Brandon Weinbrenner

Wortham Theatre

Performances: Sept. 23 - Oct. 2

Young Henriette is in love with the dashing Clitandre, but her mother wants her to marry the intellectual Trissotin. And even though her father wants her to follow her heart, her sister wants her to quit it with the boys and get back to studying! And of course, there's a hefty dowry to factor in. What's a girl to do? In a production that is simultaneously a seventeenth-century French satire and a '90s sitcom set in New Orleans, "The Learned Ladies"?invokes laughter, love, and politics to ask the question: Do you know what's good for your own life?

"Marisol" by José Rivera

Directed by José Zayas

Quintero Theatre

Performances: Oct. 21 - 30

Brooklyn is a war zone, coffee is extinct, the moon has disappeared, and angels are trading in their wings for machine guns. As a celestial battle against an old and senile God brews in heaven, the rebellion spills over into New York City. Without the protection of her guardian angel,?Marisol?Perez begins a surreal journey through the chaos of a crumbling world to find her way home. Met by vagrants and vagabonds at every turn, she must salvage what hope remains amidst the rubble of the apocalypse.?

"Fish's Belly" by Jaurius Norman?

Directed by?ShaWanna Renee Rivon


Performances: Nov. 11 - 13

This world premiere, written by UH School of Theater & Dance senior Jaurius Norman, presents a stylized, episodic chronicle of individuals navigating an America where Black children go missing at higher rates than their peers. Inspired by George C. Wolfe's modern classic "The Colored Museum," "Fish's Belly"?centers a thematically linked set of narratives about missing Black youths, an issue that all too frequently goes underrepresented in the media.?

"Rumpelstiltskin" by Linda Daugherty

Directed by Afsaneh Aayani

Wortham Theatre

Performances: Nov. 17 - 20

In this playful adaptation of the Grimm Brothers' fairytale, a young woman, Alana, must enlist the help of a mysterious stranger to ensure the safety of herself and her father.?However, everything has its price, and her future hinges on Alana discovering the name of this troll-like creature. "Rumplestiltskin" features unique and exciting puppetry to heighten an entertaining comedy about greed, love and trickery.

Emerging Choreographers

Quintero Theatre

Performances: Dec. 2 - 3

For over twenty years, the?UH?School of Theatre & Dance has presented the Emerging Choreographers Showcase to introduce audiences to rising student talent.?UH?School of Theatre & Dance students produce, choreograph, perform, and design the entire evening, showcasing their performance, design, and production skills in a professional theatre setting.?


"The Wolves" by Sarah DeLappe

Directed by Sophia Watt

Quintero Theatre

Performances: Feb. 24 - March 5

Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A competitive girls indoor soccer team warms up. Nationals are just a few weeks away and the pressure is on. Nine young women prepare for adulthood and independence as their endurance and strength is tested both on and off the field.?Relatable and resilient, this pack of adolescent warriors will push and train for their games, while navigating a growing understanding of their complicated world. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, "The Wolves" boldly celebrates the grit and grace of 21st-century American girls.

"Circle Mirror Transformation" by Annie Baker

Directed by Elizabeth Bunch

Studio 208

Performances: March 3 - 5

Five people are each on a search for something that will change them, anchor them, or help them find a new life path. That hunt brings them together for a community-center drama class. As they begin to experiment

with exercises and games, hearts are mended, humor springs from honesty, and tiny wars are waged and won. Winner of the Obie Award for Best New American Play, "Circle Mirror Transformation" is a beautiful diorama, a petri dish in which we see, with hilarious detail and clarity, the antic truthfulness that can be revealed when we put hearts on the line in a rehearsal room.

"Shakespeare in Love" by Lee Hall

Directed by Aaron Brown

Wortham Theatre

Performances: April 7 - 16

Young Will Shakespeare has writer's block. The deadline for his new play is fast approaching, but he's in desperate need of inspiration. That is, until he finds his muse... the feisty, brilliant and beautiful Viola. This crafty young woman is Will's greatest admirer and will stop at nothing (including breaking the law) to appear

in his next play. Against a bustling background of mistaken identity, ruthless scheming and backstage theatrics, Will's love for Viola quickly blossoms, inspiring him to write his greatest romantic masterpiece.?

10-Minute Play Festival

Directed by Various

Quintero Theatre

Performances: April 28 - 30

The UH School of Theatre & Dance is excited to present the eleventh annual 10-Minute Play Festival! This popular showcase highlights some of the best new work from our BFA playwrights, as well as one curated piece selected from our national 10-minute play contest.

UH Ensemble Dance Works

Wortham Theatre

Performances: April 28 - 30

The spring concert features original dance theatre by faculty and guest artists as performed by our pre-professional dance company, the?UH?Dance Ensemble. This show is an annual audience favorite! Come see students shine in new works created especially for them.


General Public - $30; Staff/Faculty/Alumni - $25; Seniors and Students - $25. Contact the KGMCA Box Office at (713) 743-3388 or purchase tickets online at:®id=77&

About the University of Houston

The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recognized with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter for excellence in undergraduate education. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning and strategic industry partnerships. Located in the nation's fourth-largest city and one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse regions in the country, UH is a federally designated Hispanic- and Asian-American-Serving institution with enrollment of more than 47,000 students.

About the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts

The University of Houston's Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts is a premier institution for education, scholarship, and innovation in the arts, where every day we are cultivating the next generation of creative professionals and unlocking the potential of the arts to impact society and change the world. Our students are forging new frontiers and advancing the arts through academic excellence, innovative programming, and-together with our world-renowned faculty-ascending to the highest level of contemporary professional practice. Houston is a first choice for the arts. Houston is a city of culture and diversity, a quintessential arts destination, and a gateway to the international arts community. Steeped in the richness of diverse cultures, Houston and its engaging community network provide a citywide laboratory for research, education, and practice in the performing and visual arts.



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