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April 21-30, 2017- The School for Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Directed and adapted by Kate Clarke

No one is safe from the salacious slander of Lady Sneerwell and her scurrilous pack of shameless ne’er-do-wells in The School for Scandal!

A rich guardian secretly tests the character of his nephews (who vie for the love of the same woman) to determine which is the worthier heir. A timely tale of love and legacy, this production whirls Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s 18th century comic masterpiece into a heightened and colorful fictional reality influenced by Late 60’s Swinging London. A riotous romp, Sheridan’s sharp-witted satire offers hilarious lessons about the best and worst of human nature.

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UNM’s Department of Theatre and Dance welcomes the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company, as they begin their 25th Anniversary Season and Worldwide Tour in New Mexico

On this one-night-only concert in Albuquerque, March 21 in the Elizabeth Waters Center for Dance in Carlisle Gym, the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Company will perform “Leaving Pusan,”  “Margin” and “Confluence.” Proceeds  from this extraordinary concert will benefit the dance program at UNM. While at UNM, Burgess and the Company will also present a master class for UNM Dance students.

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February 24- March 5, 2017- The Murder Room, by Jack Sharkey, Drirected y Moy Hinojos

The Murder Room is a British mystery farce of mistaken identities and deception, which parodies classic murder mystery theatre.

With a wide array of colorful characters, Sharkey takes you on a journey filled with twists and turns, laughter and gasps of shock, when a distinguished member of the landed gentry, his new bride, the gentleman’s college age daughter and her new American fiancée, a faithful housekeeper, and a witless police constable all must join together to solve a crime. This unlikely group hilariously gathers the clues to solve a mystery that just seems to keep asking more questions with every answer found.  Times says: “Murder has never been this funny. A spoof of all crime is good clean mirth all the way.”

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February 24- March 5, 2017- ARS LONGA vita brevis Faculty Dance Concert, Artistic Director by Donna Jewell

The UNM Department of Theatre and Dance begins its 2017 spring production season with the faculty dance concert ARS LONGA vita brevis, an exhilarating concert of dance, that highlights the talents of UNM dance students.

Works on this concert include an historic re-staging as well as vanguard choreography in flamenco and contemporary dance choreography by Dana Tai Soon Burgess, Rafael Estévez and Valeriano Paños, Danny Grossman, Amanda Hamp, and Lucia Álvarez Howard “La Piñona”,international guest artists and UNM’s distinguished resident faculty. When the concert’s artistic director, UNM Head of Dance, Donna Jewell was asked why she chose the title (which translates as Art is long, Life is short) she said, “Art sends a strong message in troubled times. It lasts longer than any of us.”

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November 11-20, 2016-Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, Translated by Rolf Fjelde, directed by Joe Alberti

A touchstone of modern dramatic realism, Ibsen's timeless masterpiece will be seen through the lens of 1950’s Boston in a vibrant, new production directed by Joe Alberti, in UNM’s Experimental Theatre

Both idealistic heroine and callous villain, Hedda Gabler has been called  “the female Hamlet”, one of the greatest roles in theatre. Hedda Gabler returns from her honeymoon to face the brutal boredom of married life. An ambitious and intelligent woman, she is caught between her personal desires and her fears of societal perception. When an old flame threatens her husband's career prospects, she takes drastic action.

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November 4-13, 2016-SCRAP Productions and UNM Department of Theatre and Dance present Dog Sees God, directed by Rashaad Bond

Bert V Royal’s take on a coming of age story for Charles Schultz’s beloved Peanuts characters, in Rodey Theatre for seven performances.

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead is a cunning parody of Charles Schulz Peanuts characters. Through the eyes of Schulz, we were given a group of young, witty, and insightful children who watched generations grow up. Royal gives the audience the opportunity to watch as “CB” and the gang do the same. Because the show takes place right in the middle of the high school years we get to witness eight teens struggle with finding themselves in society. "Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion, and sexual identity collide and careen towards an ending that is both haunting and hopeful." Mature subject matter, parental discretion is strongly suggested.

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November 2, 2016- UNM Theatre and Dance presents Monica Palacios

Award-winning Chicana solo performer, writer, and activist
gives a free public presentation on her work as a performer and activist.

The University of New Mexico Department of Theatre and Dance is pleased to present award-winning Chicana solo performer, writer and activist Monica Palacios, in a free, open to the public, presentation on her work as a performer and activist on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 7:30pm at the Tricklock Performance Lab in Downtown Albuquerque. Monica Palacios is the creator of solo shows, plays, screenplays, short stories, stand-up comedy, poems, essays, blogs featuring the Latinx LGBTQ experience. National and international scholars have critically engaged her work in academic journals, books, dissertations and conference panels.

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October 28-November 6, 2016- INHALE student choreography showcase, Artistic Directors by Eva Encinias-Sandoval and Vladimir Conde Reche

Inhale features choreography by Mariah Baker, Heather Glasglow Doyle, Rujeko Dumbutshena, Nevarez Encinias, Rocki Jian, Michelle Kassmann, Andrea Lozano, Merlot Visocaro, Justice Miles, and Corrina Oceana Roche

INHALE is a showcase of original choreography by the finest graduate and undergraduate student choreographers of the UNM dance program. Choreographers are selected for the showcase by a professional audition process. Throughout this experience, one or more members of the dance faculty mentor students. INHALE embraces different forms of dance with various choreographic approaches that will appeal to a broad audience. Experience the vanguard of dance in Albuquerque as the artistic talent of emerging choreographers and dancers are highlighted in this exceptional concert of student works for the stage.

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October 29, 2016-How to Begin Again (and Begin Again) Gregory S Moss Playwriting Workshop

Become a creator and collaborator during a FREE playwriting workshop open to writers at all levels, taught by Gregory S Moss

How to Begin (and Begin Again) One of the primary challenges of starting a new play is allowing yourself to begin from a place of not knowing – a terrifying state to be in, but the frame of mind from which the most interesting and intimate work derives. In this class, we will identify structural elements and procedural choices, allowing writers to observe – and disrupt – their habitual patterns and assumptions. We will explore ways to stay off balance, and tactics for engaging with new work in a manner that compels us to move into unknown structural, thematic and stylistic territory. The class is open to writers at all levels. Gregory Moss is a writer, performer and educator from Newburyport, MA. He is the Advisor for the MFA Dramatic Writing Program at The University of New Mexico.

Class is free and open to 40 participants, reservations requested at

September 30-October 9, 2016- DREAM BOXES two contemporary pieces for theatre, Directed by Bill Walters

Inspired byclassic texts as well as personal narrative, My Father’s House and The Forest. The Desert, the two pieces that comprise Dream Boxes, use contemporary techniques to craft a thoroughly compelling, completely unique theatre experience.

My Father's House isa tale of revenge and murder based on the Oresteia by Aeschylus, and the Iphigenia cycle by Euripides. Told through pure movement My Father’s House is imagined as a collective dream, telling the story of the curse of the house of Atreus.Using both spoken text and movement, The Forest, The Desert is a journey of personal narrative from Dante’s Inferno to Chief Joseph’s surrender, created and performed by a diverse cast of UNM’s finest performers.


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