The University of Alabama Department of Theatre and Dance 2012-2013 Season…
Tickets can be purchased starting late August 2012 by calling our box office or visiting us online. To send in your order now, please download our 2012-2013 Subscription Order Form. Your ticket order will be processed in mid-August and mailed out to you.
If you would like to receive our new season brochure, please email Theatre Management and one will be mailed out to you when they become available.
Fools by Neil Simon
September 24-September 28, 2012 at 7:30PM, September 30, 2012 at 2:00PM and 7:30PM, Allen Bales Theatre
In the 19th Century Russia, young Leon Tolchinsky is ecstatic for landing his first teaching job. But when he arrives to the idyllic hamlet of Kulyenchikov, he finds that it is living under a 200 year old curse of “Chronic Stupidity.” On top of that, his star pupil, Sophia, quickly becomes the object of his desires – and the only way to win her heart and get married is to break the curse once and for all, and he’s only got one day to do so, or he too becomes a cursed member of Fools!
Side Man by Warren Leight
October 15-20, 2012 at 7:30PM, October 21, 2012 at 2:00PM, Marian Gallaway Theatre
Winner of the 1999 Tony Award, Side Man is a lovely and poignant memory play which unfolds through the eyes of Clifford, the only son of Gene, a jazz trumpet player, and Terry, his alcoholic mother. Alternating between their New York City apartment and a smoke-filled music club, Clifford narrates the story of his broken family and the decline of jazz.
Dance Alabama! Fall Concert
October 16-18, 2012 at 7:30PM, October 19, 2012 at 5:30PM, Morgan Auditorium
Voted one of the top 10 things to see before graduation, Dance Alabama! returns to the UA campus once again, presenting diverse and remarkable dance to the region. From hip hop and musical theatre to ballet and modern dance, students from UA’s Dance Program take center stage with awe-inspiring choreography and astounding performances. Trained and mentored by the award-winning UA dance faculty, these dancers and choreographers will create a celebration of strength and excitement—one that cannot be missed.
A New Brain with music and lyrics by William Finn, book by William Finn and James Lapine
October 29-November 3, 2012 at 7:30PM, November 4, 2012 at 2:00PM, Allen Bales Theatre
By the Tony-Award winning authors of Falsettos, A New Brain is an energetic, sardonic, yet comical musical about a composer during a medical emergency. Gordon collapses into his lunch and wakes up in the hospital surrounded by his maritime-enthusiast lover, his mother, a co-worker, the doctor and the nurses. But they are also accompanied by Mr. Bungee, a frog from the children’s television show he’s been writing a song for. While this large green character and his unfinished work haunts him throughout his medical ordeal, Gordon soon discovers his tumor has allowed him to compose the songs he yearns to produce.
Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre (ARDT) Fall Concert
November 6-8, 2012 at 7:30PM, November 9, 2012 at 5:30PM, Morgan Auditorium
Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre (ARDT), UA’s pre-professional dance company in residence, returns to Morgan Hall with an all-new concert, choreographed by UA’s award-winning Dance Program faculty and featuring a parade of artistic and talented students. Training and grooming dance students for their professional lives, ARDT presents a diverse mix of traditional and innovative pieces bringing the storytelling of the dance to life with technical ability and imaginative creativeness.
Misalliance by George Bernard Shaw
November 12-16, 2012 at 7:30PM, November 18, 2012 at 2:00PM, Marian Gallaway Theatre
From playwright George Bernard Shaw, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Misalliance is a comic examination of the mating instincts of a varied group of people gathered at a wealthy man’s country home one summer weekend afternoon. A successful merchant is enjoying his life, along with his dotty wife, daughter and son. But the simple estate is turned upside down and unsuitable alliances are formed by the visit of the daughter’s fiancé, his aristocrat father, a gun-wielding youth trying to kill the merchant, and a sputtering airplane containing an old school chum of the fiancé and a female acrobat.
Design for Living by Noel Coward
February 4-9, 2013 at 7:30PM, February 10, 2013 at 2:00PM, Allen Bales Theatre
Design for Living is Noel Coward’s comedic tale of a ménage à trois involving Otto, a painter, Leo, a playwright, and Gilda, the woman they both love. Unable to live by the conventional moral codes given to them by society, the trio decides, through trial and error, to pursue a different way of life, one that suits them better. But when Ernest, a stuffy English art dealer, enters their lives, they must face the boredom and reality of their bohemian lifestyle, which leads to more unconventional decisions.
Othello by William Shakespeare
February 18-23, 2013 at 7:30PM, February 24, 2013 at 2:00PM, Marian Gallaway Theatre
One of the greatest tragedies penned by William Shakespeare takes the Marian Gallaway stage. Othello tells the story of loyalty, temptation, jealousy and murder between Othello, the Moor, his esteemed general, Iago, his ambitious lieutenant Cassio, and Desdemona, Othello’s new bride. Originally produced around 1604, William Shakespeare’s play still resonates strongly with people today, exploring the dangers of misguided trust and overpowering love. “This is the night that either makes me or fordoes me quite” (Act V, Scene I).
Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre (ARDT) Spring Concert
February 19-21, 2013 at 7:30PM, February 22, 2013 at 5:30PM, February 23, 2013 at 2:00PM, Morgan Auditorium
Spring kicks off with another incomparable collection of ground-breaking and distinctive pieces by the award-winning dance faculty of the Department of Theatre and Dance. Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre, featuring UA’s amazing dance students, brings to life the art of dance, its tales and passions of humanity, through a gathering of numbers highlighting diversity, skill and artistic innovation.
Dance Alabama! Spring Concert
March 12-14, 2013 at 7:30PM, March 15, 2013 at 5:30PM, March 16, 2013 at 2:00PM, Morgan Auditorium
Trained and mentored by UA’s Dance Program faculty, the student dancers and choreographers of Dance Alabama! take to the stage in the new year with another emotional roller coaster of a ride. Their assortment of limitless choreography and phenomenal performances, in a range of dance styles from modern and hip hop to ballet and jazz, continue to electrify audiences of all generations.
The Clearing by Helen Edmundson
April 8-13, 2013 at 7:30PM, April 14, 2013 at 2:00PM, Allen Bales Theatre
A story of love, passion and betrayal, The Clearing deals with ethnic cleansing in 17th Century Ireland. Robert Preston, an English landowner, has fallen in love and married a young Irish woman. But it is a time of religious and political turmoil and, when Parliament instigates a policy to remove native Irish from the land, the Prestons soon find that their love for one another may not be enough to guarantee their happiness. Robert strikes a deal with the town’s cold and heartless governor, forcing his wife to make an impossible decision – one that will affect their marriage and the life of their newborn child.
Show Boat with book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, music by Jerome Kern
April 15-20, 2013 at 7:30PM, April 21, 2013 at 2:00PM, Marian Gallaway Theatre
Considered one of the most influential musicals of the 20th Century, Show Boat combined the talents of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II to tell the story of three generations of show folk on the Cotton Blossom floating theatre down “Ol’ Man River”. Based on the novel “Show Boat” by Edna Ferber, it is a celebration of family and the love affair people have had with “theatre folk”. With such memorable tunes as “Cap’n Andy’s Ballyhoo” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man”, this epic musical spans over 40 years in the lives, loves and heartbreaks of Magnolia, Gaylord, Julie and the rest of the Hawks extended family.
Show Boat is presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals: www.rnh.com.