Productions and Events
Spring Season 2021
"Everybody" by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins | directed by KT Turner
A 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist, "Everybody" asks the question, "Who or what goes with us when we die? Based on the 15th Century morality titled "Everyman," the contemporary play "Everybody" takes the audience through a side-splitting comedy seeking to answer that very question. "Everybody" is a play about diversity and chance and no two performances are ever alike. For every performance, the character of Everybody is selected from a group of Somebodies by lottery at the beginning of the play. The other Somebodies are also selected by chance to take up other roles in the play. Meeting everyone from Death to Understanding along the way. Everybody journeys through life's choices and to the grave while bringing the audience along for the ride.
This production is intended for mature audiences and contains adult language and situations.
- 6 p.m. PST, March 5, 6, 12, 13 Register here for 6 p.m. shows
- 2 p.m. PST March 6, 7, 13, 14 Register here for 2 p.m. shows
"Gross Indecency - The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde" by Moises Kaufman | directed by Ricky Kimball
In three short months, Oscar Wilde, the most celebrated playwright and wit of Victorian England, was toppled from the apex of British society into humiliation and ruin. Drawing from real life trial documents, newspaper accounts and writings of the key players, Moises Kaufman ignites an incendiary mix of sex and censorship with a cast of characters ranging from George Bernard Shaw to Queen Victoria, herself. The three trials center around the eventual accusations of "gross indecency" given to anyone exhibiting homosexual activity, which was illegal in the United Kingdom in the 19th Century. This groundbreaking production introduces over 40 characters with a cast of 11 players. The themes in this play ring as true today as they did back then.
Performance dates: April 23, 24, 25, 30, May 1, 2
Verbatim Workshop with Gregory Hinton
Open to students, faculty and the community, this free, online workshop focuses on verbatim theatre writing and research using archival material from Idaho LGBTQ+ history to craft short pieces. The workshop will be followed by a performance of the pieces in the evening at a public reading, via Zoom. Sponsored by the University of Idaho Department of History and Department of Theatre Arts. Made possible in part by support from CLASS and the Presidential Diversity Research Initiative.
Gregory Hinton is an author, playwright, filmmaker and lecturer. He has employed verbatim, documentary techniques in multiple mediums including his border novels, "Cathedral City" and Desperate Hearts" his feature film, "Circuit: and multiple verbatim plays.
9 a.m. to noon, April 9 Register here.
These virtual meetings bring experienced theatre professionals from around the world to our students via Zoom for revealing conversations about creativity and success in the real world. Previous presenters have included award-winning playwrights, performers, casting directors, puppet masters, company executives and others sharing their stories and wisdom. All Greenroom Chats begin at 1 p.m., Pacific Standard Time unless otherwise noted. If you would like to join us for a particular presentation, please request the Zoom link from the Department of Theatre Arts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. PST: Women in Arts Leadership. Featuring Lyndsay Burch, Kisha Jarrett, Nicole Watson and Emilia Sargent. Join us for a dynamic discussion about the arts and leadership with four theatre influencers who are changing it up. Online virtual event. Email email@example.com for link to attend.
Previous guest artists:
- Lyndsay Burch, Kisha Jarrett, Nicole Watson and Emilia Sargent
- Idris Goodwin, playwright
- Lavina Jadhwani, director
- Amy Rose Marsh, Concord Theatricals (formerly Samuel French)
- Juan Cabello and Geralldy Najera, directors, performers
- AnaSofia Villanueva, producer, director, writer, activist
- Aurin Squire, playwright
- Native Playwriting Panel: Carolyn Dunn, Ty Defoe, Randy Reinholz, DeLanna Studi.
- Prison Performing Arts: Dario Pena, Robbie Pollock, Kathleen Powers-Kusio
- Chelsea Hackett, executive director of SPEAK
- LatinX Playwriting Panel: Virginia Grise, Guillermo Reyes, Damaso Rodriguez, Elaine Romero, Caridad Svich.