Three new works and two regional premieres will highlight Brigham Young University's 1994-95 Margetts Series for the Theatre and Film Department.
The Margetts has become known as a theatre that produces the finest plays coming from the school's Playwright/Director/Actor (PDA) Workshop. During the 1993-94 season, for example, BYU premiered the original Vietnam War drama, "Prisoner," which earned highest honors for the play, cast and playwright James A. Bell at the American College Theatre Festival in Washington, D.C.Opening the series Sept. 28 will be the regional premiere of Arthur Miller's "Playing for Time," the true story of one woman's courageous response to the brutal dehumanization in Auschwitz during World War II.
Performances will continue Tuesdays-Saturdays through Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on Oct. 10 at 4 p.m.
New this year will be discounted preview nights on Wednesday and Thursday before the official Friday opening of each play.
Preview nights will also be offered for the Pardoe Theatre Series, which opens Oct. 26 with "Anything Goes."
Additional plays in the Margetts Series include "Prodigals," "Montpelier Farewell," "The Roads to Home" and "Blind Dates."
"Prodigals" by Adams Boulter tells the story of a psychiatrist who helps a young man restore his memory while trying to regain his own humanity in the face of an oppressive, futuristic "Big Brother" society. This new script has been refined through the PDA Workshop. It runs Nov. 9-26.
A faculty premiere, "Montpelier Farewell," is Charles Whitman's narrative tale of Idaho during the world wars. This personal journey to the past through the mind and memories of a man leads to his peace in the present as he comes to terms with a family that has both supported and crippled him. Performances are Jan. 18-Feb. 4.
Horton Foote's "The Roads to Home" continues the series March 15-April 1. These one-act plays are delicately nostalgic domestic dramas set in 1920s Texas. Foote, who is generally acknowledged as one of America's most important living playwrights and screenwriters, will come to the BYU campus as a guest during a showcase of his screenworks that include "Tender Mercies," "A Trip to Bountiful" and "To Kill a Mockingbird."
The series will end with another premiere, "Blind Dates" by Adam Blackwell. Also a product of the PDA Workshop, "Blind Dates" is described by the playwright as an emotionally explosive cross-examination of sexual harassment, gender and power. Performances will be May 17-June 3.
The Margetts Series is one of three series presented by the Theatre and Film Department. Also part of the season will be the Pardoe and Entr'Acte series.
For additional information about all series, contact the fine arts ticket office at 378-4322.