The UVA-Wise Theater Department is putting on four shows over the next couple of months, including “The Vagina Monologues”, “Proof” and “Little Shop of Horrors”.
The Theater Department’s spring season began March 15, with Landon Kime’s direction of “Misanthrope”, a play written by Molière and originally set in the 17th century.
Kime, a UVa-Wise graduating theatre major, revamped the setting from Molière’s Enlightenment to a modern-day company break room. Slightly adjusting the other characters to be workers, female lead Devin Gwynn acts as the boss and femme fatale.
In this play, lovers vied for the affection of Gwynn’s character as she leads them on to believe that she loves them all. Her lovers include characters played by Devin Patrick, Jordan Lawson, and Starfire Cherrix.
As Gwynn’s character finds herself among a mess of lovers, the male lead Alceste, played by Jordan Lawson, learns the difficulties of his vow to be brutally honest.
When asked about why this play should interest audiences, Kime said, “Devin Patrick, who plays Acoste and Clitandre, is literally split down the middle, and there is a scene where he is the only one on stage and his two characters are talking to himself. The play is also written in rhyme which is pretty cool”.
Ashley Woolridge, Isaac Shortt, and Vanessa Stallard also starred in “Misanthrope”.
The next spring theatre production is “Proof”, directed by graduating theatre senior Logan Patrick. The play, which will run March 29-31 at 8 p.m. each night, is, as Patrick said, “a play about truth and everyone’s different truths”.
“Proof” has a small cast: Autumn Bolling, Ed Seger, Jim Stewart, and Victoria Lewis. The play deals with a young woman whose father was a mathematical genius. After his passing, she – also a mathematical genius – strives to prove that she figured out a mathematical proof.
The spring musical this year will be a performance of “Little Shop of Horrors” by Howard Ashman. The play will run three weekends, for a total of eleven performances, from April 12-14, 19-21, and 26-28 at 8 p.m. and on April 15th and 22nd at 2 p.m.
UVa-Wise theatre professor Michael McNulty directs “Little Shop of Horrors”. The play, originally a movie from famous B-movie director Roger Corman and later a hit 1980’s movie musical, is about a bloodthirsty plant that must feast on human flesh and the ways in which the protagonist Seymour, played by Lorraine Dresch, must keep the plant satisfied.
Other cast members include Crystal Taylor, Wesley Revolorio Campbell, Jake Carpenter, Reagan Hanks, Alyssa Shell, Molly Weitzman, Dylan Mabe and Taylor Farrar.
Finally, “The Vagina Monologues”, an episodic play written by Eve Ensler, delves into the experiences of childbirth, women insecurities, rape, sex, and other aspects of female life. The play opens April 16 at 6 p.m. Anyone who wishes to become a part of the Vagina Monologues may join practices in the Gilliam Center for the Arts theatre classroom at 6 p.m. on Sundays.
All plays appear at the Gilliam Center for the Arts’ Black Box Theater and are cultural credit events for UVa-Wise students.
Admission for “Proof” is free to UVa-Wise students and employees with presentation of a college ID card. Admission without an ID card is $5.
Admission for “The Vagina Monologues” does not require tickets.
Admission to “Little Shop of Horrors” is free to UVa-Wise students and employees with presentation of a college ID card, except for the April 12 opening night; admission is $40 per ticket for all attendees. The April 12 performance is a Theater Department fundraising gala and the ticket price includes a dinner and cast meet-and-greet after the show.
Regular admission without a UVa-Wise ID card is $10 for all other performances of “Little Shop”.
Tickets can be bought in advance via the Convocation Center’s ticket sales webpage (https://www.uvawise.edu/david-j-prior-convocation-center). For more information, call the Theater Department at 276-328-0256.