2021-22 University Theatre Season
In 1982, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the wealthy, articulate, pot-smoking teenagers who were small children in the ‘60s have emerged as young adults in a country that has just resoundingly rejected everything they were brought up to believe in. The very last wave of New York City’s ‘60s-style liberalism has come of age—and there’s nowhere left to go. In meticulous, hilarious and agonizing detail, "This Is our Youth" follows 48 hours of three very lost young souls in the big city at the dawn of the Reagan Era: Warren Straub, a dejected nineteen-year-old who steals fifteen thousand dollars from his abusive lingerie-tycoon father; Dennis Ziegler, the charismatic domineering drug-dealing friend who helps him put the money to good use; and Jessica Goldman, the anxiously insightful young woman Warren yearns for. Funny, painful, and compassionate, "This Is Our Youth" is a living snapshot of the moment between adolescence and adulthood when many young people first go out into the world on their own, armed only with the ideas and techniques they developed as teenagers—ideas and techniques far more sophisticated than their parents ever realize, and far less effectual than they themselves can possibly imagine.
Mischief is in the air when the King and Queen of the Fairies quarrel and Puck is left in charge of the love potion. Four young people are lost in the woods on midsummer’s night. Will they find each other and true love, or will Puck’s meddling leave them broken-hearted and alone? A band of players prepares to entertain the Duke of Athens. But now that the fairies have made a donkey out of their leading man, will Quince and the others ever get to play their parts? Is there time to put everything right before this magical night is over?
As Martin Gottfried comments, “It is a simple one. A mystery, really. A man has been murdered. The mystery is, who he is, who murdered him and what were the circumstances? And to solve it, Wilson looks at the outsides and insides of his tiny, Middle Western town. He looks at a middle-aging woman who falls in love with the young man who comes to work in her cafe. He looks at a coarse, nasty woman mistreating her senile mother, who is obsessed with visions of Eldritch being evil and headed for blood-spilling. He looks at a tender relationship between a young man and a dreamy, crippled girl. But Wilson sees far more than this. He is grasping the very fabric of Bible Belt America, with its catchword morality (‘virgin,’ ‘God-fearing’) and its capability for the vicious. He senses the rhythm of its life and the cruelty it can impose. He understands the speech patterns of its loveless gossips, its sex-hungry boys, its compassionless preachers, its car-conscious blondes.” In the end, Langford Wilson’s portrait of Eldritch, Missouri, is full length, and the truth of its revelations will be pondered long after the stage lights have dimmed, and the play has ended.
The Saint Louis University Department of Fine and Performing Arts and Theatre and Dance Program presents the inaugural Dance Concert of the minor in dance, featuring a collection of new works choreographed and performed by Saint Louis University dance students. Please join us for an evening of dynamic, thought provoking and original artwork.
Auditions and technical interviews for the first two shows of the fall 2021 season will take place at the University Theatre, located in Xavier Hall on August 24, 2021 from 5-8 p.m. and August 25 from 6-9 p.m.
For all those new to the process there will be a workshop August 24, 2021 from 3:45-4:45 p.m.
University Theatre Parking
The University Theatre is located in Xavier Hall on the Saint Louis University campus at 3733 West Pine Mall, one block east of Vandeventer Boulevard and one block south of Lindell Boulevard. Parking for performances at this venue is available in the Queen's Daughters Hall lot located at 3730 Lindell Blvd.
Parking for the Kranzberg Arts Foundation venues as follows:
- The Grandel, 3610 Grandel Square - Public garage or street parking
- Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 N. Grand - Public garage or street parking
We will be following the health and safety protocols set up by our university in line with the CDC and St. Louis City guidelines. All ticketing, masking, distancing, etc. is subject to change based on these guidelines.
We are Missouri Artsafe.