MISSOULA – The University of Montana School of Theatre & Dance will present the one-act plays “Biography of a Constellation” and “Woyzeck,” directed by Master of Fine Art students, to audiences this February.
The performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, Feb. 6-10, and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9-10, in the Masquer Theatre in UM’s Performing Arts and Radio/TV Center.
All tickets cost $10 and are available by calling the UMArts Box Office at 406-243-4581 from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by ordering online at http://www.umt.edu/theatredance.
“Biography of a Constellation,” by Lila Rose Kaplan and directed by UM master’s student Jadd Davis, is a beautiful and hilarious contemporary play that explores the convergence of science, art, myth and love through the semi-biographical lens of pioneering astronomer Annie Jump Cannon. Set in three simultaneous locales – Greek mythology, the astronomy archives of Harvard and a dysfunctional planetarium – “Biography of a Constellation” takes the audience on a journey to the stars then asks them how they got there.
“Woyzeck,” by Georg Büchner and directed and adapted by UM master’s student Shane Bridger Lutz, is the tragic tale of a woman’s clash with power, anarchy and madness within a society that slowly crushes her underfoot. This collaged piece of epic theater speaks to the underdog in all of us and brings as much fire and fury to the stage today as it did when it was written almost 200 years ago. Adapted for modern American audiences, “Woyzeck” brings physicality and abstract theater to the forefront in an investigation of hierarchy and the role of the individual in toppling any and all oppressive forces. It echoes the sentiment “Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere.”
Audience discretion is advised. “Woyzeck,” performed after the intermission, includes mature themes and content.
A complete schedule of UM School of Theatre & Dance productions for the academic year is online at http://www.umt.edu/umarts/theatredance/Season/18-19-season.php.