Just next month, the UAA Theatre Department will begin its 2014-2015 season. With a musical, a Shakespeare comedy and two modern comedies that turn Shakespeare’s universe hilarious and meta all at once.
Title: “The Fantasticks”
Run date: Oct. 3-19
Director: David Block
The world’s longest-running musical is finally coming to UAA. Clocking in at 54 years in production and more than 17,000 performances all around the world, this classic show follows the lives of neighbors Matt and Luisa and their feuding fathers. Despite their parents’ quarrels, Matt and Luisa fall in love. Guided by the mysterious narrator El Gallo, “The Fantasticks” is a poignant and romantic tale.
Title: “Twelfth Night, or What You Will”
Run date: Nov. 21-Dec. 7
Director: Steven Hunt
The bard returns in force to the UAA Theatre Department with their production of his comedy, “Twelfth Night, or What You Will.” Twins Viola and Sebastian are separated in a devastating shipwreck and Viola, believing her brother to be dead, dresses up as a man and serves under Duke Orsino. When Sebastian comes back after seven years gone, the confusion only increases for the characters.
Title: “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead”
Run date: Feb. 20-March 8
Director: Dr. David Edgecombe
Focusing on the eponymous minor characters from “Hamlet,” “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead” puts the events of “Hamlet” in the background and the titular courtiers in the front. Major characters from “Hamlet” make brief appearances, reenacting scenes from the play, creating an absurdist and utterly unpredictable universe.
Title: “William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead: A True and Accurate Account of the 1599 Zombie Plague”
Run date: April 10-26
Director: Tom Skore
After the premier of his newest play, “Henry V,” Shakespeare finds himself in the middle of a zombie outbreak. A customer has been bitten in the theatre and the Queen and her servicemen come seeking safety. When the Globe is quarantined, all those survivors have to fight for their lives.