Friday, November 06, 2015

UA's Studio Series presents "this heart in my mouth is called home"


From: Pierce, Lisa Ann - (lisapierce) []
Sent: Thursday, November 5, 2015 4:32 PM
Subject: Just in time for Thanksgiving…a play about heart & home


Professor Melissa Thompson at the UA School of Theatre, Film & Television has written a play which charts the landscape of the ties that bind us together. And you can experience this original work starring UA Theatre students in the Bachelor of Arts program. It's a truly human a group of humans...who happen to be...UA Wildcats. 



CONTACT: Lisa Pierce, Dir. of Marketing & Development 520.626.2686
University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television


UA’s Studio Series presents

this heart in my mouth is called home

a devised performance by Melissa C. Thompson

Directed by Melissa C. Thompson


This play charts the landscape of the ties that bind us together – whether they be by blood, by circumstance, or by choice. As we search for belonging, how do we negotiate the spaces that carry danger disguised as love? How do we discover places of safety and comfort? And if we see a fall approaching, what do we do when we need to create for ourselves a soft place to land?


“From my point of view as the director or lead deviser, I want the audience to leave the show thinking about their own stories – the unique way each of them have chosen to build a life with other people who they love. Everywhere around us, we see very rigid, unyielding pictures of what a family truly is, but when we take the time to look closely, we see that so many of us have built our own families on foundations other than blood relation. We find difficult, messy,

gorgeous ways to create a network of love around us, and the journey that ultimately leads us to that network is often ugly, confused and dangerous. But that makes our ultimate chosen family that much more precious.”

“When creating a piece like this heart in my mouth is called home, I like to think of it as an offering from the creators and performers to the audience. It is a gift that is made out of love and given with absolutely no strings attached. The audience is welcome to take as much or as little of that offering as they like, and there is no ‘right’ way to experience the piece. I hope the audience enters the performance with open hearts, experiences the performance, and then leaves finding connections between the moments in the piece and in their own

lives. Hopefully this performance will serve as a medium through which the audience can rediscover their own personal stories.”

Dates & Times: Evenings: Nov 19 - 21 at 8pm | Matinees: Nov 21 - 22 at 2pm

Place: Harold Dixon Directing Studio, Drama Bldg, Rm #116, on UA campus (SE corner of Speedway Blvd/Park)

Cost/Admission: All seats $7

Ticket Information: UA Fine Arts Box Office, (520) 621-1162 or

Parking: Park Avenue Garage, located on Park Avenue just north of Speedway Blvd. Pre-paid parking is available

for weekday evening performances. Saturday and Sunday there is no charge to park.

If you have special needs for parking, please call UA Parking & Transportation Services at (520) 621-3550.

Media Contact: Lisa Pierce, (520) 626-2686,

WARNING: This play contains mature content & some profanity.

Approx Run Time: 124 minutes – 15-minute Intermission Directed by Melissa C. Thompson


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