by Kendyll Monroe

What better way to greet the holiday season than with monsters and mayhem?

UWG Theatre presents Monsters and MayhemThis is the clever, collective thought expressed by University of West Georgia theatre chair Shelly Elman and colleagues when determining the theme for the upcoming season.

Each year, the UWG theatre department creates a fun and mystical theme for all of its shows, and this year is no different as UWG prepares to kick off its 2018-19 season on Oct. 9.

Elman shared there is a lot more to planning a series of musicals and plays besides the season’s theme.

“We have to consider a lot,” she said. “What experience our majors need in terms of performance; design, management, plays and musicals that will interest our audience; plays and musicals that will attract new audience members; and whether we have the actors and designers to do the season.”

She hopes people will be as excited about this year’s shows as the company is to work on them.

“It’s always exciting to select a season,” she concluded. “This one more so because each play has a connection to the other.”

Regular ticket price is $10 per person. Tickets are free for students when they present their UWG IDs. Faculty, staff and retirees may purchase tickets at a two-for-one price. Seniors may purchase tickets for $7.

“Evil Dead: The Musical”

Evil Dead: the MusicalCommunity Preview: Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 10-13, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 14, 2:30 p.m.
Townsend Center Main Stage Theater

Book and Lyrics by George Reinblatt
Music by Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond, Melissa Morris, George Reinblatt
Additional music by Rob Daleman
Additional lyrics by Christopher Bond
Directed by Shelly Elman

Celebrate Halloween with this crazy journey into comedy and camp as we commemorate the fun and frolic of the horror film genre. Based on the films in the Evil Dead trilogy (“The Evil Dead,” “Evil Dead 2” and “Army of Darkness”), this hilarious musical follows five college students who find an abandoned cabin in the woods and accidentally free an evil force that turns them into demons. Heroes and housewares employees Ash and Linda hear about the demons and try to save the day. Contains strong language.

“Macbeth”

MacbethCommunity Preview: Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 7-10 and 13-16, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 11, 2:30 p.m.
High School Matinees: Nov. 8- 9 and 14-15, 10:30 a.m.
Townsend Center Dangle Theatre (Black Box)

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Christine Fuchs

It’s a time when power and privilege are obtained through ruthless and unethical channels, when weak leaders are deposed in bloody coups, and when the monsters of envy and zealotry find their ways into everyday life. In our own era of divided politics, we bring this classic and haunting tale of ambition and betrayal. When times are tough, and action seems needed, do the ends justify the means?

“Home”

HomeCommunity Preview: Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 20-23, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 24, 2:30 p.m.
Townsend Center Dangle Theater (Black Box)

By Samm-Art Williams
Directed by Tangela Large

“Home” is a poignant story of lost love found again. This drama about finding one’s way back home is perfect for the entire family. We follow the life of Cephus Miles, and the monsters and mayhem that populate his life until he comes to the realization that love and contentment are where they’ve always been: home.

“Episodes in Sexuality 2019”

Episodes in Sexuality 2019March 6-9, 7:30 p.m.
Townsend Center Dangle Theater (Black Box)

A Company Devised production
Directed by Destini Tobias (senior capstone project)

The UWG Theatre Company and the Responsible Sexuality Committee bring this original production to students for the 28th year. Produced in a different iteration each year, “Episodes in Sexuality” is a company-devised work focusing on issues of sexuality experienced by college students. “Episodes” combines humor and pathos to bring the students of UWG something everyone can relate to. Contains strong language and explicit material.

"She Kills Monsters”

She Kills MonstersCommunity Preview: April 15, 7:30 p.m.
April 16-20, 7:30 p.m.
Townsend Center Main Stage Theater

By Qui Nguyen
Directed by Amy Cuomo

The season of “Monsters and Mayhem” concludes with this comic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games. Agnes Evans is mourning the loss of her parents and teenage sister, who perished in a car accident. Just before she leaves her childhood home, Agnes finds her sister Tilly’s Dungeons and Dragons journal, plunging Agnes deep into her sister’s fantasy refuge and eventually into a deeper understanding of who Tilly was. Contains strong language.

Posted on October 4, 2018