News Releases 2009-2010

March 30, 2010 - The Words Afire Festival of New Plays

Celebrating Ten Years of Award Winning Works from the Playwrights in the Dramatic Writing Program at UNM

The University of New Mexico’s Department of Theatre and Dance is pleased to announce the line-up for the 10th Annual Words Afire New Play Festival: a series of innovative new plays written by the talented MFA students in UNM’s award winning Dramatic Writing Program. From Canada to New York, Puerto Rico to China, Poland to Albuquerque, this year’s directors bring a world of experience to our productions. Experience the 10th Annual Words Afire Festival, April 23 through May 2, 2010, in Rodey Theatre and The Experimental Theatre on UNM’s Main Campus.

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March 3, 2010 - The Great Negocio

UNM’s Department of Theatre and Dance and SCRAP Productions come together to bring you The Great Negocio, an imaginative new comedy directed by Laurel Butler and collaboratively created by the cast, March 4-14 in the Experimental Theatre.

The Great Negocio is a physical comedy/dance-theatre/contemporary clown commentary on the surrealism and nonsense of American corporate logic. This allegorical adventure follows the journey of a lone clown as he is unwittingly mistaken for ‘the new temp’ by an ensemble of bizarre and eccentric employees. Our poor hero is whisked through the echelons of accounting, customer service and (gasp!) human resources -- each department more confusing, ridiculous and hyper-productive than the last. Faced with file-cabinet-dwelling receptionists, computers with their own gravitational forces and the occasional cream pie, the clown must uncover what the C.E.O. of this company is really up to…that is, before the clown's endearing and innocent attempts at ‘working’ bring the whole company tumbling to the ground.

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January 31, 2010 - Dead Man’s Cell Phone, by Sarah Ruhl

UNM’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents Dead Man’s Cell Phone, A wildly imaginative new comedy by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Kristen Loree, February 19-28, 2010 in UNM’s Experimental Theatre.

Gordon is dead, but his cell phone lives on. UNM’s Department of Theatre and Dance opens its spring season with Dead Man's Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative new comedy by Sarah Ruhl, directed by UNM Theatre Faculty Member Kristen Loree. Dead Man’s Cell Phone is the quirky and captivating odyssey of a woman forced to confront her assumptions about morality, redemption and the need to connect in a technology-obsessed world. When Jean, a mild-mannered museum worker, answers a dead man’s incessantly ringing phone, she is drawn into the mysterious labyrinth of his bizarre life. 

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October 30, 2009 - RENT, Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson,

UNM’s Department of Theatre and Dance proudly presents Jonathan Larson's rock masterpiece, RENT, directed by Kathleen Clawson, November 20-December 6 in Rodey Theatre.

UNM’s Department of Theatre and Dance proudly presents Jonathan Larson's rock masterpiece, RENT, directed by Kathleen Clawson. Loosely based on Puccini’s opera La Bohème, it tells the story of one year – five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes – in the lives of eight friends in New York's East Village, who struggle with committing their lives to art and their hearts to each other while living in the shadow of AIDS.  Winner of four Tony awards and the Pulitzer Prize, RENT reinvented musicals when it debuted in 1996.  Featuring a brilliant rock score, including the now classic "Seasons of Love", RENT is an emotionally stirring story which celebrates art, friendship and love.

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September 13, 2009 - The Land Beyond the Forest: Dracula and SWOOP

The Land Beyond the Forest: Dracula and SWOOP, two plays by Mac Wellman, directed by Bill Walters, featuring Tricklock Company, guest artists, October 2-11, 2009 in the Carlisle Performance Space.

UNM’s Department of Theatre and Dance ushers in the haunting season with The Land Beyond the Forest: Dracula and SWOOP, two vampire plays by Mac Wellman. Dracula is a macabre masterpiece, an adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic novel that veers wildly into new vampire territory. Using Wellman’s wickedly clever language, a nightmarish world of music, madness, blood, and lust is created by Tricklock Company (UNM’s theatre company in residence) and a talented ensemble of UNM students. Dracula is paired with SWOOP, where, seven miles above the streets of Manhattan , vampires circle over the metropolis, seeking prey and reminiscing about their long, long, long past, and all things vampiric. Not for the faint of heart, both plays contain adult language and content. Those who dare are invited to enter The Land Beyond the Forest: Dracula and SWOOP for an theatrical encounter with darkness like you’ve never had before!

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