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2017-2018 Season

This 2017-18 season, University Theatre presents:


Left Hand of Darkness, Nov 3-18, 2017

Nov 3, 4, 10, 11,17,18 @ 7:30 pm. 11/12/17 @ 2:00 pm, Robinson Theatre

On the frozen planet of Gethen there are not two sexes. Gethenian people share a unique biology that makes each individual potentially capable of bearing a child. Without sexual categories there is no history of normalizing “gender,” and interstellar observers suspect the lack of gender constructions on Gethen is one factor in why its populations have never experienced war. An envoy from a consortium of planets who coordinate for mutual benefit, seeking to extend and exchange knowledge, has come alone to Gethen to invite its people to join. The envoy’s arrival is fraught with peril after the shock for Gethenians that there are other worlds, with technologies and understanding more advanced than their own. Powerful people of Gethen’s two great nations are suspicious, fearful of this strange visitor and his invitation – arriving at a moment when there are new tensions along their borders and dangerous differences in state power and control. Unaware, they are at the brink of inventing war.  One gendered person and one un-gendered person, across a great glacier, must fight to stop war and open a world’s future, together.  Award-winning Oregon author Ursula K. Le Guin’s groundbreaking novel, The Left Hand of Darkness, is adapted for the Robinson stage by John Schmor, in cooperation with the author.

Written by Ursula LeGuin
Adapted and directed by John Schmor


The Father, Jan 26 – February 10, 2018

Jan 26, 27. Feb 2, 3, 9, 10 @ 7:30 pm. 2/4/18 @ 2:00 pm, Hope Theatre

Now 80 years old, Andre was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter, Anne, and her husband, Antoine. Or was Andre an engineer, whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? The thing is, he is still wearing his pajamas, and he can’t find his watch. He is starting to wonder if he’s losing control.

Written by Florian Zeller
Translated by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Nelson Barre


Mother Courage and Her Children, March 2 – March 17, 2018

March 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 @ 7:30 pm. 3/11/18 @ 2:00 pm, Robinson Theatre

Mother Courage and Her Children is a timeless take on war and its aftermath. This play makes a powerful statement about the conflicts engulfing the world today.

Written by Bertolt Brecht
Translated by Tony Kushner
Directed by Michael Najjar
UO Theatre faculty collaboration between Michael Najjar and Jeanette deJong


Picnic,  April 20 – May 5, 2018

April 20, 21, 27, 28. May 4, 5 @ 7:30 pm. 4/29/18 @ 2:00 pm, Hope Theatre

As generations of women prepare for Labor Day celebrations in their small town, a young drifter inspires life-changing choices. This 1953 Pulitzer Prize winning play challenges us to revisit a 1950s America from our current vantage point.

Written by William Inge
Directed by Tricia Rodley


Tricks to Inherit, May 25 – June 9, 2018

May 25, 26. June 1, 2, 8, 9 @ 7:30 pm. 6/3/18 @2:00 pm, Robinson Theatre

Tricks to Inherit: is the first translation of Reygadas’ Astucias por heredar un sobrino a un tío, cited as the “first drama staged in California” by Hispanic theatre historian Nicolás Kanellos. Written in Mexico City, Tricks to Inherit is a satirical comedy about a miserly uncle, his love-struck nephew, and their wily servants.

Written by Fermín de Reygadas
Translated by Olga Sanchez Saltveit, Translation supervised by Dr. Pedro García-Caro
Directed by Olga Sanchez Saltveit




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