02:55 PM

Theatre Announces 2012-2013 Productions

The University of Houston-Downtown University Theatre has announced its bill of plays for the 2012-2013 academic year.

The major production for Fall 2012 will be the delightful musical, Smokey Joe's Café, with words and music by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The show contains such all-time favorite songs as "Searchin'", "Fools Fall in Love", "Poison Ivy" and "Stand By Me". Performance dates are: Oct. 26 - Nov. 3. Admission is $5.

Two weeks after Smokey closes, the student-directed One-Act plays will be presented. There will be around ten plays, with several being presented in Spanish. They will run Nov. 15-18 and there is no admission charge.

The major production for Spring 2013 will be a presentation of August Wilson's 1987 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Fences, which is a sensational drama that has become one of Wilson's most frequently produced works. A special feature of our production will be that it will star UHD drama adjunct and theatre Artist-in-Residence, David Rainey, in the role of Troy, a part considered by many to be one of the great roles in American drama. Fences will run March 29 - April 6, 2013. Admission is $3.

The final production of the 2012-2013 season will be something new. It will be the first production for the Lunch Time Theatre program. The play will be Terrence McNalley's hilarious 45-minute, one-act comedy, Next, which is a satirical, but amusing story of an out-of-shape, overage and overwrought man who is reluctantly reporting for his Army physical. The UHD community is invited to bring their lunch and watch the play as they eat. Sodas/water will be provided. Next will run April 15-19 from 1-1:45 p.m. daily. Admission is free.

For more information, contact Lyttle at lyttlet@uhd.edu.