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UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television announces 2015–16 theater season

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Michael Lamont

The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s theater department has announced its upcoming theater season for the academic year, which includes the return of award-winning singer, movie, television and Broadway actress Lainie Kazan.

“I am thrilled and inspired by the scope, depth and artistry of our upcoming UCLA TFT Department of Theater season,” said Teri Schwartz, dean of UCLA TFT. “It is a rich one that showcases the outstanding student, faculty and staff talents that are the hallmark of this great department. I encourage the members of the campus and the public to attend one or more of our many shows. They are sure to be delighted, entertained, enlightened and engaged.”

“UCLA TFT theater students are among the best and brightest,” said Brian Kite, chairman of the theater department. “This is evident in the extraordinary work they create throughout the year as they explore cutting-edge theatrical styles as well as classic artistry. This can also be seen in their performances during our eclectic theater season, which will undoubtedly captivate our audiences. I am consistently inspired by the professionalism UCLA TFT students evoke on a daily basis, and I look forward to serving as their new chair.”

Nov. 6–7, 10–14: The season kicks off with “Cloud 9,” a hilarious and raunchy two-act play from preeminent British playwright Caryl Churchill, in which a sexually inhibited Victorian family is inexplicably transported to a liberated, modern London … 1979, to be exact. Macgowan Hall.

Nov. 13–14, 17–21: “Life on the Praça Roosevelt (Das Leben auf der Praça Roosevelt)” is a captivating and intriguing drama from one of Germany’s leading contemporary playwrights, Dea Loher, which spotlights the lonely individuals who live and work near a busy square in Sao Paulo, Brazil. UCLA TFT’s Little Theater.

Nov. 19–22: Kazan returns to UCLA TFT to direct Ray Bolger Musical Theater program students in “Lainie’s Cabaret at UCLA: Celebrating Frank Sinatra … 100 Years,” which features the UCLA Jazz Orchestra, directed by Charley Harrison, performing a compilation of beloved Frank Sinatra songs. UCLA TFT’s Freud Playhouse.

Jan. 29–30, Feb. 2–6: Playwright Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice” kicks off Winter Quarter 2016. In this contemporary retelling of the Orpheus myth, told from the perspective of his wife, a young woman braves torrents of water, forgetfulness and horrible people as she journeys through the Underworld. Little Theater.

Feb. 12, 14, 19, 21: In its ninth year, UCLA TFT collaborates with Opera UCLA and UCLA Philharmonia to present “Cosi Fan Tutti,” the story of two young soldiers who wager 100 gold coins that their lovers will not betray them in their absence. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s music and Lorenzo Da Ponte’s libretto drive this comic opera in which false identities, deception and a battle of wits figure prominently. “Cosi Fan Tutti” is made possible in part by the generous support of the Max H. Gluck Foundation. All aspects of this production are executed by students enrolled in theater courses in scenery, costuming, lighting and sound, and advanced theater laboratories. Freud Playhouse.

March 4–5, 8–12: In March, William Shakespeare’s most popular and beloved comedies, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” will be performed onstage at UCLA TFT. Centering on the Duke of Athens’ impending marriage, the story includes the adventures of four lovers who are controlled by fairies who inhabit the forest in which the play is set. Little Theater.

May 6–7, 10–14: Spring Quarter 2016 begins with the Ray Bolger Musical Theater production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel.” Dramatic and powerful, UCLA TFT brings to the stage the story of Billy Bigelow, who, after a lifetime of mistakes, returns to Earth for a day to right the wrongs of his misguided youth and to help his lonely daughter. Freud Playhouse.

May 27–28, 31 and June 1–4: In “The Tragedy of Carmen,” a gypsy, a soldier and a toreador form a fiery love triangle. Little Theater.

A full schedule of the 2015–16 season is available on UCLA TFT’s website.

MAC Cosmetics is the official makeup sponsor for the department of theater.

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