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September 25-27 and October 1-4, 2015 
A Night of Tennessee Williams — One Act Plays
by Tennessee Williams
7:30pm | Thurs., Fri. and Sat.
3pm | Sun.
Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones Theater 

Auto Da Fe is about Eloi, a sexually repressed postal worker who still lives with his mother in New Orleans.

The Strangest Kind of Romance is about the relationship of a boarding house landlady, her tenant, and a cat named, Nitchevo.

The Long Goodbye is about a writer who is haunted by memories of his sister and mother as he struggles to move on with his life.

Tennessee Williams established himself as one of America’s greatest dramatists. His beautiful, troubling, and poetic plays transformed the American stage. According to Elia Kazan, director of many of his plays, paid tribute to Williams and his work with these words, “everything in his life is in his plays, and everything in his plays is in his life.”

Williams earned four New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards, three Donaldson Awards, two Pulitzer Prizes, a Tony Award, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

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November 13-15 and 19-22, 2015
The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde
7:30pm | Thurs, Fri. and Sat.
3pm | Sun.
Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones Theater

First performed in 1895 in London, this is Oscar Wilde’s best – and most popular – comedy about two young gentlemen who create alter egos to escape obligations and to add excitement to their lives. Jack Worthing invents a brother, “Ernest,” whom he uses as an excuse to leave his boring country life and visit the beautiful Gwendolen in London. Gwendolen’s cousin, Algernon Moncrieff, invents “Bunbury,” whom he uses to leave London and head to the country. Algernon knows Jack’s secret and decides to visit Jack in the country. To complicate matters more he meets Jack’s attractive ward, Cecily, and introduces himself as “Ernest.” Things go awry when all of these hilarious characters end up in the country together and their deceptions are exposed – threatening their romances. The women soon discover there are too few Ernests being earnest!

 

 

 

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Feb. 19-21 and 25-28, 2016
The Fantasticks
Book & Lyrics by Tom Jones
Music by Harvey Schmidt
7:30pm | Thurs., Fri. and Sat.
3pm | Sun.
Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones Theater

The Fantasticks is a comic musical about a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall. It is a romantic fairy tale set in a world of moonlight and magic. The famous score, which includes the classics Try To Remember, They Were You and Soon It’s Gonna Rain, is as timeless as the story itself. 

The world’s longest-running musical for over 50 years. It was awarded Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre in 1991.

 

 

 

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April 15-17 and 21-24, 2016
Dead Man Walking 
By Tim Robbins
Based on the book by Sister Helen Prejean
7:30pm | Thurs., Fri. and Sat.
3pm | Sun.
Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones Theater

As death row inmate Matthew Poncelet nears his execution date, he calls upon Sister Helen Prejean to help him with one last appeal, maintaining that he is innocent of the murders of a teenage couple. Matthew begins to form a bond with Sister Helen who visits his family and the families of the victims, hoping to understand him better and learn more about the criminal charges against him. As he waits to be executed, if the courts do not decide in his favor, Sister Helen does all that she can to comfort and console him. (adult content)

In 1995 Tim Robbins adapted Sister Helen Prejean’s biography into a film that was nominated for four Academy Awards. In 2002, Robbins adapted the screenplay for the stage. Southwestern University is participating in the “Dead Man Walking Project” that is dedicated to raising awareness about the death penalty in colleges and secondary schools. 

 

 

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