Thursday, November 06, 2008

Tucson: UA Theatre Arts Presents 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead'



From: Paula Newsome []
Sent: Thursday, November 06, 2008 1:06 PM
Subject: UA Theatre Arts Presents 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead'

UA School of Theatre Arts presents the Fall Workshop ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead’


Dates & Times:

November 20-22 at 8:00 p.m. and November 23 at 2 p.m.


Place: Directing Studio, UA Drama Building, Room 116, located near the southeast corner of Park Avenue and Speedway Boulevard.


Cost/Admission: All seats are $5.

Ticket Information: UA Fine Arts Box Office, (520) 621-1162, Open M-F 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and one hour prior to show times.

Parking: Theatregoers may park in the Park Avenue Garage, located on Park Ave. just north of Speedway Blvd.  For weekday evening performances, you can pre-pay for parking.  Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight, take your parking ticket immediately to the garage cashier after parking.  Cashier is located on the east side of the main level.  Parking fee will be $3 (cash only).  After the performance, insert the parking ticket at the gate to exit.  Saturday and Sunday there is no charge to park.

Media Contact: Paula Newsome,  (520) 626-2686,

Production Information: The School of Theatre Arts Workshop Production Series presents “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead" by Tom Stoppard, directed by Karole Spangler.


Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have been summoned to Elsinore in order to…well, they don’t quite know.  Something important is going on with their school chum, Hamlet, and if they could only figure out what, why, and who to tell, they could go home.  Maybe.


While waiting on their reason for being to become clear, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern trade banter with the mysterious, and possibly dangerous, Player, leader of a rag tag troupe of actors.  They also do their best to fit into and understand the flowery prose spouted by the characters from “Hamlet”, who keep appearing just long enough to further confuse the situation.  Add in pirates, a coin that always comes up heads and a guy in a dress, and you have a guaranteed good time!   


Says director Karole Spangler, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern is the first play I ever read where I laughed so hard I fell out of my seat, and I've chosen to set this 'play behind a play' in a well used, much loved and maybe a little down at the heels backstage area."


The Workshop Production Series complements the Arizona Repertory Theatre’s professional training programs in classical and musical theatre.  Comprised of staged readings as well as fully mounted productions, the Series often provides student directors, performers, designers and technicians with their first chance to share their passion and talent with an audience.  Open to all theatre majors in the school, the Workshop Productions are designed to allow these young artists an opportunity to participate in staging new works, finding new voices for traditional theatre pieces, and experimenting with new theatrical styles.


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