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UAB DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE
2009-2010 SEASON OF PERFORMANCES

Sept. 24-27
Theatre UAB's Festival of 10-Minute Plays
7:30 p.m. Sept. 24-26 and at 2 p.m. Sept. 27, in the Alys Stephens Center's Odess Theatre, 1200 10th Ave. S. Tickets $3. Call 205-975-2787. Produced by Lee Shackleford. The seventh annual festival will feature eight new, exciting 10-minute plays, written by UAB students and faculty with the theme "When Love Goes Wrong." Visit the UAB Department of Theatre online at http://theatre.hum.uab.edu/.

Oct. 7-11
UAB Theatre presents "A Streetcar Named Desire"
Written by Tennessee Williams, directed by Dennis McLernon
7:30 p.m. Oct. 7-10 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 11, in the Alys Stephens Center's Sirote Theatre, 1200 10th Ave. S. Tickets are $12 and $15; $6 for students; $10 for UAB employees and senior citizens. Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning drama is a classic exploration of faded gentility. Blanche du Bois, a woman whose life has been undermined by her romantic illusions, seeks the comfort of her sister in New Orleans after losing the family plantation to creditors. She instead collides with her sister's earthy, aggressive husband, Stanley, forcing Blanche to confront her tragic self-delusion and ultimately, her madness. Visit the UAB Department of Theatre online at http://theatre.hum.uab.edu/.

Nov. 11-14, Nov. 18-22
UAB Theatre presents "Eurydice"
Written by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Karla Koskinen
7:30 p.m. nightly Nov. 11-14 and Nov. 18-21 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 22, in the Alys Stephens Center's Odess Theatre, 1200 10th Ave. S. Tickets are $12; $6 for students; $10 for UAB employees and senior citizens. In "Eurydice," 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 and ingenious plot twists, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story. Visit the UAB Department of Theatre online at http://theatre.hum.uab.edu/.

Feb. 10-14
UAB Theatre presents "Joe Turner's Come and Gone"
Written by August Wilson, directed by Cheryl Hall
7:30 p.m. Feb. 10-13 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 14, in the Alys Stephens Center's Sirote Theatre, 1200 10th Ave. S. Tickets are $12 and $15; $6 for students; $10 for UAB employees and senior citizens. Tensions both racial and economic bubble up in this play, part of August Wilson's series chronicling African-American life in each decade of the 20th century. Haunted by seven years on a chain gang, Herald Loomis appears in Pittsburgh to reunite his family. Surrounded by the vibrant tenants of a black boarding house, he fights for his soul and his song in the dawning days of a century without slavery. Winner of the 1988 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play. Visit the UAB Department of Theatre online at http://theatre.hum.uab.edu/.

March 3-6, March 10-13
UAB Theatre presents "How I Learned To Drive"
Written by Paula Vogel, directed by student Dustin Caņez
7:30 p.m. nightly March 3-6 and March 10-12 and at 2 p.m. March 13, in the Alys Stephens Center's Odess Theatre, 1200 10th Ave. S. Tickets are $12; $6 for students; $10 for UAB employees and senior citizens. This is a wildly funny, surprising and devastating tale of survival as seen through the lens of a troubling relationship between a young girl and an older man. "How I Learned To Drive," the story of a woman who learns the rules of the road and life from behind the wheel, was the winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Visit the UAB Department of Theatre online at http://theatre.hum.uab.edu/.

April 21-25 UAB Theatre presents "The Miser"
Written by Moličre, directed by Dennis McLernon
7:30 p.m. nightly April 21-24 and at 2 p.m. April 25, in the Alys Stephens Center's Sirote Theatre, 1200 10th Ave. S. Tickets are $12 and $15; $6 for students; $10 for UAB employees and senior citizens. Love and avarice are delightfully entangled in this sardonic comedy from 1668. Moliere's notorious character Harpagon is an old skinflint; his every thought, word and action is motivated by greed. Convinced his children are plotting to rob him blind he makes arrangements to marry them off, not for love but monetary gain. Harpagon's financial paranoia builds with frenzied, comic momentum as the children conspire to teach the tightwad a lesson not soon forgotten. Visit the UAB Department of Theatre online at http://theatre.hum.uab.edu/.

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