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Mike O'Malley Play Part of Staged Readings in Rep, Feb. 15 – 20

January 26, 2011

Mike O’Malley, photo credit: David Zaitz

The department of theatre and dance presents “Staged Readings in Rep” Feb.15-20. Staged readings provide an opportunity to present a wider variety of subjects and themes to audiences than normally can be done in a regular season. The plays are minimally staged, actors hold scripts, and there is usually a stage manager who directs the action. While the production elements are held to a minimum, the acting elements are not, and audiences still get the full impact of the relationships between characters and all the dramatic tension. The link between UNH’s two upcoming plays is the theme of betrayal and its violent consequences, something which seems to remain unchanged since the time of the Romans. 

“Diverting Devotion,” written by Emmy nominated alumnus Mike O’Malley (’88) runs Feb.15, 17, 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. in the Hennessy Theatre.

New love and an old secret emerge in this richly drawn sentimental comedy. Three men approaching age thirty gather to attend a friend’s wedding. One still adores an old love who is also due to attend the wedding. The second friend arrives with his fiancée, both of them showing the stress of planning their own upcoming nuptials. While the third member of the group finds a new romance, revelations about a one night stand involving the fiancée cast shadows over a friendship and an engagement. 

Directed by the associate professor Deborah Kinghorn, the reading will feature current students and alumni C.J. Lewis, Dan Beaulieu and Shannon Marshall.

“Phaedra,” written by the Roman playwright, Seneca, and translated by classics professor Scott Smith, runs Feb.16 and 18 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 19 and 20 at 2 p.m. in the Hennessy Theatre. “Phaedra” is a relentless depiction of destructive sexual passion, telling the tragic story of a young wife and her taboo love for her handsome stepson.  Professor David   Richman directs this reading which features alumni Christine Penney, Irene Daley, and Antoine Gagnon.

“Staged Readings in Rep” is part of UNH’s yearlong Arts for Life celebration, and runs Feb. 15 – 20 in the Hennessy Theatre. 

For tickets, contact the MUB ticket office, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 2-2290.  You may also purchase tickets at www.unhmub.com/ticket. Tickets are $12.50 for general admission and $10.50 for seniors, UNH ID holders; and groups of 15 or more. 

The theatre box office opens one hour prior to curtain in the lobby at the Paul Creative Arts Center.  For more information and show times or to learn about season subscriptions at a discount, 2-2919, or visit www.unh.edu/theatre-dance.


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