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Classics, Original Work Highlight U of I Theatre Arts’ 2018-19 Season

September 04, 2018

From comedies to classics, a bittersweet holiday musical to a wildly boisterous pirate adventure, the University of Idaho Department of Theatre Arts’ new season has something to entertain everyone. 


“This year’s season is particularly exciting because we’re celebrating the work of U of I professor and playwright Robert Caisley,” said Ann Hoste, chair of the Department of Theatre Arts, part of U of I’s College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences.


Caisley will direct the West Coast premiere of his play “The Open Hand,” a script commissioned by the Clarence Brown Theatre and featuring incoming Assistant Professor Craig Miller, formerly the artistic director of the Sixth Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, California.


Tickets for the first show, “A Kind of Alaska,” are on sale now and sales for upcoming shows will start about a month before they open. Tickets are free for U of I students and range from $5-15 for the public. New this year, all 2 p.m. matinees will feature “pay what you can” pricing. Tickets for all shows are available at BookPeople of Moscow; from the Department of Theatre Arts at 208-885-6465 or suite 201 in Shoup Hall on the U of I campus; or at the door 30 minutes before curtain.


The 2018-19 season includes:

  • Sept. 13-23, 2018, “A Kind of Alaska,” by Harold Pinter, Pocket Playhouse, Shoup Hall, Room 100, 1028 W. Sixth St., Moscow: Inspired by Oliver Sack’s accounts of patients awakening from decades-long comas, “Alaska” follows Deborah as she wakes up from a 29-year sleep and is greeted by her doctor and sister who have long awaited this moment.
  • Oct. 12-21, 2018: “The Open Hand,” by Robert Caisley, Forge Theater, 404 Sweet Ave., Moscow: “The Open Hand” is a meditation on the nature of generosity. When Allison finds herself without her wallet and unable to pay the tab for an expensive lunch with a friend, it is with great reluctance that she accepts the generosity of a total stranger.
  • Nov. 30-Dec. 9, 2018, “A Midwinter Night’s Dream,” by William Shakespeare, Hartung Theater, 625 Stadium Dr., Moscow: Enjoy a holiday interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic tale about the mystery, magic and transformative power of love. Appropriate for all ages.
  • Nov. 30-Dec. 9, 2018, “The Gift of the Magi,” By O. Henry, Forge Theater, 404 Sweet Ave., Moscow: A bittersweet love story of a young couple unable to afford presents for each other on their first Christmas together. Each makes a sacrifice to provide a gift for the other. A musical adaptation of the classic O. Henry story.
  • Jan. 30-Feb. 3, 2019, “Up Chimacum Creek,” by Ben Gonzales, Forge Theater, 404 Sweet Ave., Moscow: A coming-of-age story about life, love and loss in the Pacific Northwest. As young Willie Almeida and his friends return from a fishing trip, they witness an event that has a powerful and lasting impression on all of them.
  • March 1-10, 2019, “Present Laughter,” by Noel Coward, Hartung Theater, 625 Stadium Dr., Moscow: In this lighthearted comedy classic, a self-obsessed actor in the midst of a midlife crisis juggles a fawning ingénue, a crazed playwright, his ex-wife and the personal lives of his eccentric friends.
  • April 19-27, 2019, “The Three Keys of Captain Hellfire,” by Ariana Burns, Hartung Theater, 625 Stadium Dr., Moscow: A comedy about pirates, secrets and a long ago buried collection of stolen loot, by U of I alumna Ariana Burns ‘91, with original shanties by Shandeen, a Portland, Oregon, musician, singer and songwriter.


More information on the upcoming season is available by contacting the Department of Theatre Arts at 208-885-6465 or


Media Contact:

Kelly O’Neill

Department of Theatre Arts


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