UM School of Theatre & Dance to Present ‘Summer and Smoke’

September 24, 2018

MISSOULA – The University of Montana School of Theatre and Dance launches its 2018-19 mainstage season next month with one of Tennessee Williams’ most poignant and poetic dramas, “Summer and Smoke."

“Summer and Smoke” is directed by UM theatre Associate Professor Dr. Bernadette Sweeney and runs Oct. 3-6 and  Oct.10-13 at 7:30 p.m., as well as at 2 p.m. Oct. 7 and 14. All performances will be held in the Masquer Theatre in UM’s Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.

General admission tickets cost $20, while senior and student tickets cost $16. Admission for children 12 and under is $10. Tickets are available by calling the UMArts Box Office at 406-243-4581 between noon and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, or online at http://www.umt.edu/theatredance.

Set in Mississippi at the start of the 20th century, this subtle and tender drama from one of America’s greatest playwrights follows the years-long connection between a timid minister’s daughter and the charismatic doctor’s son who grew up next door. Its themes of the struggle between the spiritual and the physical, loneliness and longing make “Summer and Smoke” a heartfelt meditation on romance, interspersed with incisive humor stemming from Williams’ observations about conforming to – and rebelling against – small-town life.

“Williams uses place, character and poetry to craft this beautiful study of hope, loss and perseverance,” Sweeney said. “One of the characters speaks to the power of theater as much as to her own circumstances when she says, 'but sometimes, out of necessity, we shadowy people take on a strength of our own.’”

For more information call Sweeney at 406-241-9113 or email her at bernadette1.sweeney@umontana.edu. A complete schedule of UM School of Theatre & Dance productions for the academic year is available at http://www.umt.edu/umarts/theatredance/Season/18-19-season.php.

Audience discretion is advised as “Summer and Smoke” contains gunshots.

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Contact: Bernadette Sweeney, associate professor, UM School of Theatre and Dance, 406-241-9113, bernadette1.sweeney@umontana.edu.