When it comes to attending and experiencing theater shows in Orlando, visitors to the area will most likely think of Disney World and it’s large-scale production stage shows like Finding Nemo at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Beauty and the Beast at Disney’s Hollywood Studios or the dinner shows located in Kissimmee and along International Drive.
Orlando locals will quickly think of the new Dr Phillips Performing Arts Center and the touring Broadway shows that visit the area in that venue. Families with young children will think of the Orlando Repertory Theatre that puts on several children’s shows throughout the year.
There is yet another major theatre group made up of rising actors and actresses in the UCF Theatre group at the University of Central Florida that puts on several big production performances throughout the year at a fraction of the costs of attending the theme parks or touring production shows with standard adult tickets costing $20 and $10 for students.
The 2017/2018 fall season for Theatre UCF will start on August 24th, 2017 with the opening of Seminar and continues with upcoming performances featuring Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Of Thee I Sing, An Octoroon, Pentecost , The Day Before Yesterday, Bernarda Alba, and UCF Celebrates the Arts 2018.
UCF Theatre 2017 and 2018 Season
The shows and dates for the UCF Theatre Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 season are:
By Theresa Rebeck
June 29, 30, July 1, 6, 7, 8 at 7:30 pm
July 2, 9 at 2 pm
August 24, 25, 26 at 7:30 pm
August 27 at 2 pm
Directed by Julia Listengarten
Innocence collides with experience in this biting comedy
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.
Iphigenia and Other Daughters
Adapted by Ellen McLaughlin
September 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23 at 7:30 pm
September 17, 24 at 2 pm
Directed by Elizabeth Horn
A modern retelling of the fall of the House of Atreus.
It follows the children of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon, siblings who are both players in the family tragedy and victims of it. The cycle of blood and vengeance seems inescapable until the final reunion of a lost sister and brother brings the bloody family saga to its mystical end.
Of Thee I Sing
Book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
October 12, 13 14, 19, 20, 21 at 7:30 pm
October 15, 22 at 2 pm
Directed by Mark Brotherton
The first musical to win the Pulitzer Prize
This all-American political satire focuses on the election campaign and Presidency of John P. Wintergreen, whose party, lacking a viable platform, runs on love, promising that if elected he will marry the partner chosen for him at an Atlantic City beauty pageant. When he falls for the wrong woman, trouble begins! With politicians skewered right and left, Of Thee I Sing is a hilarious and timeless send-up of national institutions that is as relevant now as ever.
By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
November 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18 at 7:30 pm
November 12, 19 at 2 pm
Directed by David Reed
Winner of the 2014 OBIE Award for Best New American Play
Judge Peyton is dead and his plantation Terrebonne is in financial ruins. Peyton’s handsome nephew George arrives as heir apparent and quickly falls in love with Zoe, a beautiful octoroon. But the evil overseer M’Closky has other plans—for both Terrebonne and Zoe. In 1859, a famous Irishman wrote this play about slavery in America. Now an American tries to write his own.
By David Edgar
January 25, 26, 27, February 1, 2, 3
January 28, February 4 at 2 pm
Directed by Christopher Niess
This powerful play by the Tony Award winning adaptor of Nicholas Nickleby and author of numerous plays won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play of 1995.
A fresco that could revolutionize Western Art is unearthed in an abandoned church in Eastern Europe. The discovery causes a dramatic struggle as representatives from the worlds of art history, religion, and politics stake their claims for the ultimate prize. The unexpected arrival of twelve refugees sets events spiraling toward an explosive climax.
The Day Before Yesterday
A New Play by Israel Horowitz
February 22, 23, 24, 28, March 1, 2, 3 at 7:30 pm
February 25, March 4 at 2 pm
Directed by Cynthia White
Based around the terrorist attack on the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, The Day Before Yesterday chronicles the lives of three couples over the course of 72 hours, from before the attack when they were strangers living in Paris, Miami, and Brooklyn, to the next morning when they collectively take refuge at a nearby apartment.
Words and Music by Michael John LaChiusa
Based on the play The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico García Lorca
March 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 at 7:30 pm
March 25, 31 at 2 pm (Note Saturday matinee due to the Easter holiday)
Directed by Julia Listengarten
Choreography by Earl D. Weaver
A musical counterpart to Federico Garcia Lorca’s 1936 masterpiece, The House of Bernarda Alba
A perfect show for a strong female cast, Bernarda Alba is a masterwork by Michael John LaChiusa, who has brought us such critically acclaimed hits as The Wild Party and Marie Christine. LaChiusa brings a musical voice to Federico Garcia Lorca’s final 1936 masterpiece, The House of Bernarda Alba, through pulsing castanets, trilling Spanish guitars and resounding rhythmic stomps.
Bernarda Alba tells the tales of a powerful matriarch, who imposes a strict rule on her household following her second husband’s funeral: “Not a breath of outside air is going to enter this house. It’s going to feel like we’ve bricked up the doors and windows,” she proclaims. Bernarda’s five daughters, however, struggle with her cold wishes. The girls’ dreams and desires challenge their mother’s harsh rules and the outside world begins to slowly permeate their isolated existence.
UCF Celebrates the Arts 2018
The Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts comes alive with a showcase of UCF music, visual arts, theatre, and collaborative events.
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando
Theatre UCF Box Office Information and Parking
Theatre UCF performances take place at 4000 Central Florida Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32816. Parking for all shows is available in Lot C1. The box office hours are open Monday through Friday from 12 pm until 5 pm and 2 hours before performances. The box office phone number is 407-823-1500.
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