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University Theatre Opens Seasons with 'Twelfth Night'


As the Bard wrote, “Journeys end in lovers meeting,” and Saint Louis University’s University Theatre has opened its 2019-2020 with a play guaranteed to make audiences fall in love while having a few laughs.

Twelfth Night scene

Shipwrecked twins. Intrigue. Romantic triangles. William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night has it all and is sure to delight audiences as University Theatre kicks off its 2019-2020 season. Photo by Phillip Hamer

University Theatre’s production of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night opened Thursday, Oct. 10. The play runs through Sunday, Oct. 13. The play’s performances will take place at The Grandel at 3610 Grandel Square.

The Shakespeare classic opens a season that includes Pulitzer Prize-winning and classic dramas as well as a dark comedy paying homage to another cultural icon – Bart Simpson.

This season also marks the continuation of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts’s collaboration with the Kranzberg Arts Foundation. This partnership allows SLU’s actors and technical crew members to gain experience on some of the area’s leading professional stages including the Grandel and Kranzberg Arts Center stages.

Scope out the Season

Twelfth Night

William Shakespeare’s classic comedy features romantic entanglements, hijinks and trickery. In the play, twins Viola and Sebastian are separated by a shipwreck. Thinking her brother dead, Viola disguises herself as a man and becomes embroiled in love and court intrigues as hilarity ensues.

The play is directed by Nancy Bell, MFA.

Performances run Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m. An afternoon performance is set for 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13. Tickets are available through Metrotix, by calling 314-534-1111 or on-site at the venue one hour prior to curtain.

Rabbit Hole

Written by David Lindsay-Abaire, this 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner focuses on a couple’s struggle to survive an unimaginable loss.

The play is directed by Gary Barker.

The play will run Nov. 21 to 24 at University Theatre in Xavier Hall.

Saint Joan of Arc

This adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s classic play sets Shaw’s tale of a peasant girl, spurred by love of God and country, to become a military leader and martyr. The play is a collaboration with Prison Performing Arts.

Saint Joan of Arc will run for five performance between Feb. 27 and March 1, 2020, at the Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 N. Grand Blvd. A special seating policy will be in place for these performances.

The play is directed by Lucy Cashion, MFA.

Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play

Anne Washburn’s dark comedy, set after a nameless future apocalyptic event, pays homage to live entertainment and cultural icon Bart Simpson as it examines the evolution of pop culture over 75 years.

The play is directed by Tom Martin.

The play will run from April 23-26, 2020, at The Grandel.

Learn more at University Theatre