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MU Theatre Presents Climate Change Theatre Action April 28-May 1

MUT_Mother Earth logoMU Theatre presents Mother Earth’s Gallery of Broken Things: Miami University Theatre’s Climate Change Theatre Action between April 28 and May 1, 2020. This series of short performances, curated by Mother Earth, calls on humans to heal the planet. Featuring the work of 9 global and local playwrights, this outdoor site-specific performance (performed with social distancing) uses dance, projections, poetry, storytelling, and comedy to create performances that spark the power of imagination and collective action.

When Miami University Theatre had to reconsider their 2021 spring production season, Dr. Ann Elizabeth Armstrong proposed an outdoor site-specific performance for a socially distant format. With student designers, dramaturgs, directors, and managers, they curated short plays from two edited collections by Chantal Bilodeau; Where is the Hope? An Anthology of Short Climate Change Plays and Lighting the Way: An Anthology of Short Plays About the Climate Crisis.  Bilodeau is the director of Climate Change Theatre Action, a global network of artists integrating activism for the planet.

The performance includes plays by globally recognized playwrights as well as Miami University students. Each piece addresses different questions such as:  Can we take action to save endangered species?  How can we listen to the environment around us?  What wisdom do our ancestors (or aliens) have to help us save the planet?  How are we connected to others through the resources we consume? How will we solve the complex puzzle and imagine new possibilities for the future? The performances begin in the courtyard behind the Center for Performing Arts. Tour guides will walk audience members to short presentations near Miami’s Center for Performing Arts and Hiestand Hall.

The Climate Change Action Project reached across Miami University to create engaging collaborations for the show, including with the Miami University Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Ricardo Averbach and Dr. Roxanne Ornelas, associate professor of geography, is featured in a role. Student work includes projection designs from the Department of Emerging Technology in Business and Design, original music compositions, and more. Miami University has joined other universities in signing the President’s Climate Leadership Commitments, striving for carbon neutrality in the future.  This cultural event offers an opportunity to contemplate our personal role in our community’s commitment to the future.

For more information about free ticketing, please visit Miami University’s Box Office HERE. This is a free event but it will be ticketed to maintain safe capacity and social distancing. For more information please visit the MU Theatre website HERE.

If you go:

Mother Earth’s Gallery of Broken Things: Miami University Theatre’s Climate Change Theatre Action, Directed by Ann Elizabeth Armstrong

April 28, 29, 30 & May 1, 7:30 p.m., Center for Performing Arts Plaza
Rain Dates: May 2 & 3

Short Performances:

  • “Failed Experiment” by Vitor Jatoba
  • “The Butterfly that Persisted” by Lana I. Nasser
  • “Blood on the Leaves” by Madeline Sayet
  • “About that Chocolate Bar” by Joan Lipkin
  • “The Blue Puzzle” by Clare Duffy
  • “When they Twinkle” by Tyler Creech
  • “Brackendale” by Elaine Avila
  • “Letter to the Ocean” by Caridad Svich
  • “It begins with Me” by Chantal Bilodeau

The team designing the production experience includes: students Tyler Creech (scene design); Kelsi Moore, Lily Rose, Annie Watson, Qiuyang Xiong (dramaturgs); Emily Stowers (assistant choreographer); Kevin Woeste (composer and sound designer); Jenna Wrona (lighting design); Taylor Yaeck (costume designer); Miami University faculty and staff members Gion DeFrancesco (production manager and designer); Ashley Goos (choreographer) Meggan Peters (costume) Curtis Mortimore (lighting/technical direction); and guest artists Jaclyn Schott (director) and Jason Sebasian (sound design).

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All Remaining Performances of THE WOLVES Cancelled at Miami University

MU_logoHi Friends, after tonight’s (3/11) performance of THE WOLVES, we will be going dark as we take precautions against the spread of the coronavirus.

It is possible we may have another run in April when we are able to resume our normal activities. We will let you know. We are the Wolves!

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Miami University
Nov. 20-24
Gates Abegglen Theatre – Center for Performing Arts [Oxford]

Directed by Bridget Leak

Agnes struggles to come to terms with the sudden loss of her family, especially her little sister Tilly. With the help of a young dungeon master, Agnes ventures into the rich fantasy world of Tilly’s imagination, wages epic battles, discovers who her sister was, and comes to terms with her grief.

  • Thu-Sat, Nov. 21-23 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Nov. 24 at 2pm

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Miami University
Oct. 2-6
Center for Performing Arts – Studio 88 Theatre [Oxford]

A group of college students, pressured to succeed at all costs, choose to take a few shortcuts. Is it acceptable to sacrifice honesty and integrity to succeed in today’s world? When their academic dishonesty is discovered, the consequences help each uncover who they are and who they really want to be.

  • Wed-Sat, Oct. 2-5 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Oct. 6 at 2pm

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BAT BOY the Musical Runs April 25-May 5

MU_Bat Boy logoBAT BOY the Musical
Miami University
April 25-May 5

Directed by Suann Pollock

Based on a story in The Weekly World News, BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. For lack of a better solution, the local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, where he is eventually accepted as a member of the family and taught to act like a “normal” boy by the veterinarian’s wife, Meredith, and teenage daughter, Shelley. Bat Boy is happy with his new life, but when he naively tries to fit in with the narrow-minded people of Hope Falls, they turn on him, prodded by the machinations of Dr. Parker, who secretly despises Bat Boy. Shelley and Bat Boy, who have fallen in love, run away together from the ignorant townfolk and have a blissful coupling in the woods, but their happiness is shattered when Meredith arrives and reveals a secret. Soon the entire town arrives and hears the shocking story of Bat Boy’s unholy origin.

  • Thu-Sat, April 25-27 at 7:30pm
  • Thu-Sun, May 2-5 at 7:30pm

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