Here’s an overview of the 2010-11 Department of Theatre Arts’ productions:
- “The Colored Museum,” a play by Kentucky-born George C. Wolfe, satirizes the black experience in 1980’s America and is an incisive examination of how African Americans strive to escape centuries of suffering. The African American Theatre Program production, directed by Lundeana Thomas, will be presented at The Playhouse, Sept. 29–Oct. 3.
- “How I Learned to Drive,” a provocative dark comedy by Paula Vogel examines the complicated relationships and repercussions around an unsettling subject, pedophilia. Directed by James R. Tompkins, the play will be presented at the Thrust Theatre, Oct. 27–31.
- “Measure for Measure,” William Shakespeare’s darkest comedy, deals with contemporary themes such as the power of the state, religious zeal, illicit sex and hypocrisy. Directed by Rinda Frye, the play will be presented at The Playhouse, Nov. 17–21.
- “A Perfect Wedding,” a comedy by Charles Mee, looks at the institution of marriage as couples get lost in the woods, fall in and out of love and ruminate on human relationships with a mud fight, wedding, funeral — and a Bollywood dance number along the way. Directed by Amy Steiger, the play will be presented at The Playhouse, March 2–6.
- “How Orisanmi Chose His Head,” an ancient tale from Nigeria adapted for the stage and directed by Nefertiti Burton, reveals the traditional Yoruba values of patience, humility, respect for parents and courtesy to others — complete with gorgeous costumes, whimsical sets, dances and drumming. The AATP production will be presented at the Thrust Theatre, April 13–17 and is suitable for all ages, including young children.
All plays begin at 8 p.m. with additional 3 p.m. Sunday matinees. The Playhouse is at 1911 S. Third St., and Thrust Theatre is at 2314 S. Floyd St.
Season tickets are $50 for the general public, $40 for UofL employees and $35 for students and people over 65. Individual show tickets are $12 for the general public, $10 for faculty and staff and $8 for students and senior citizens. For tickets call 502-852-6814. For more information, call 502-852-7682 or go to the Theatre Arts website.