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2013-2014 Season

Fall 2013

Dog Explosion by Sean Clark

  • Venue: Black Box Theatre
  • Dates
    • September 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28 at 8:00 p.m.
    • September 22, 29 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Synopsis: Dog Explosion is a dark comedy set in rural Missouri in the not too distant past. Three siblings must deal with a family crisis that starts with an unfortunate mishap involving a dog and some dynamite on the front porch of the house in which they were born and raised. That crisis, further fueled by doughnuts, beer, and faith, will leave them forever changed and one of them a bit hung-over. This original work was written by Sean Clark, associate professor in UNLV’s Department of Film.

Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon

  • Venue: Judy Bayley Theatre
  • Dates
    • October 10, 11, 12 at 8:00 p.m.
    • October 12, 13 at 2:00 p.m.
    • (2 shows on Saturday)
  • Synopsis: Part one of Neil Simon’s autobiographical trilogy, Brighton Beach Memoirs was a Broadway hit in 1983 and again 2009.  The play is a comedic portrait of a young teenage boy in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn walk-up. Dreaming of baseball and girls, the boy must cope with the mundane existence of his family and the difficulty of living with seven people under one roof. This bittersweet memoir evocatively captures the life of a struggling Jewish household where, as his father states "if you didn't have a problem, you wouldn't be living here."

Line by Israel Horovitz, Collaboration with Cockroach Theatre

  • Venue: Black Box Theatre & Cockroach Theatre
  • Dates
    • November 8, 9 at 8:00 p.m., Black Box Theatre UNLV
    • November 9, 10 at 2:00 p.m., Black Box Theatre UNLV
    • November 15, 16 at 8:00 p.m., Cockroach Theatre, Downtown
  • Synopsis: Line is the longest-running Off-Off Broadway show on the boards, having played continuously at the Thirteenth Street Repertory Theatre since 1974. One by one a group of unacquainted people come together to form a line for some unnamed, upcoming event. Gradually, the struggle for first place begins, and as they lie, cheat, wrestle and push to gain the lead spot. An extraordinary panorama of human frailty is made explosively and hilariously real. As, in the end, are the deviousness, the competitiveness, and the pettiness of the small, wasting battles with which we litter our lives.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, adapted by David Bell

  • Venue: Judy Bayley Theatre
  • Dates
    • December 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 at 8:00 p.m.
    • December 8, 15 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Synopsis: A treasured holiday classic loved by both the young and young at heart! Charles Dickens’ iconic Christmas story featuring that famous Ebenezer Scrooge (Bah Humbug!) and the three ghosts who lead him through time and show him the error of his ways. What’s Christmas without A Christmas Carol? A treat for the entire family!

Spring 2014

Seminar by Theresa Rebeck

  • Venue: Judy Bayley Theatre
  • Dates
    • February 6, 7, 8 at 8:00 p.m.
    • February 8, 9 at 2:00 p.m.
    • (2 shows on Saturday)
  • Synopsis: A provocative comedy from Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck, which appeared on Broadway in 2011 with Alan Rickman originating the lead role. In Seminar, four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored. The wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this biting Broadway comedy.

Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl

  • Venue: Judy Bayley Theatre
  • Dates
    • March 6, 7, 8, 9 at 8:00 p.m.
    • March 8, 9 at 2:00 p.m.
    • (2 shows on Saturday)
  • Synopsis: In Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists, and breathtaking visual effects, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story.

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress by Alan Ball

  • Venue: Black Box Theatre
  • Dates
    • April 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12 at 8:00 p.m.
    • April 6, 13 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Synopsis: During an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee, estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below. As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent and touching celebration of the women's spirit.

Grease by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey

  • Venue: Judy Bayley Theatre
  • Dates
    • May 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 at 8:00 p.m.
    • May 4, 11 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Synopsis: The one that you want… Grease! An eight-year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals place Grease among the world's most popular musicals. Bring the family and enjoy an evening of fun with Rydell High’s favorite students as they rock the stage with hit songs such as Greased Lightnin’, Beauty School Dropout, Summer Nights and You’re the One that I want!