University of Texas at Arlington’s

Maverick Theatre Company presents

MAVPLAYS 2017

MAVPLAYS 2017 spotlights thought-provoking theatre by iconic playwrights as well as new works from a Maverick Theatre Company playwright-in-residence during a repertory two-week run of performances. This year’s festival features SOME OF THESE DAYS, a new work written and directed by Dr. Natalie Gaupp. ENDGAME written by Samuel Beckett and directed by Kevin Duran and Ashley Peeks and TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND (30 plays in 60 minutes) created by Greg Allen and directed by Fate Ritchey.

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SOME OF THESE DAYS by Dr. Natalie Gaupp. Miami Beach, 1988. Jazz trombonist Courtenay Dees has made music for over four decades, playing for folks’ pocket change to hitting the heights of the 1940s Big Band era. But along the way, Court’s music has had to drown out the rage of racism, ease the pain of a love taken too soon, and quiet the ghosts of his past. Court has more than his share of unsettled business. Reconciled to retirement in a South Beach tenement, Court’s just marking time. But the past…well, it has a way of catching up to the present…Directed by Dr. Natalie Gaupp. Performers include Bradley Atuba (Courtenay Dees), Rodney Sanders (Young Courtenay), Neil A. Farrell (Young Jack), Samantha Lindberg (Lola Rae Allen), Tiffany Sellers (Radio Broadcaster 2), Victoria Raines (Jewel Dees), and Stephen Wykle (Jack Fornett). Faculty Guest Artists include Joe Chapa (radio broadcaster) and Stage Combat Choreographer and Detra Payne (Eugenia Hollis). Kat Fahrenthold is the lighting designer. Kris O’Brien is costume design. Michelle Harvey is scenic design and Jared Land is sound design. Megan Gates is stage manager. Performances for SOME OF THESE DAYS are April 13, 15, 21 at 8:00 p.m. and April 23 at 2:30 p.m. SOME OF THESE DAYS is presented at 502 S. Cooper Street, Fine Arts Building, North Section, Studio 137. Tickets: $10 for General Public; $8 for Students/Senior Citizens/UTA Faculty & Staff.

ENDGAME by Samuel Beckett. Hidden away inside a dilapidated room are the last whispers of human life, the petulant Hamm is confined to his chair, Clov, the begrudgingly faithful servant cannot sit, and Hamm’s legless parents - Nell and Nagg - have been stuffed into trashcans. Endgame gets its title from a final stage in chess. In this endgame, there is a clear winner already defined, but the players are forced to finish out the game despite knowing the ending’s unavoidable outcome. Sensing that their own final stages are in effect, the eccentric four are left with the task of finding meaning, despite the harshness that surrounds them. Moments of joy and humor can still be found in this seemingly bleak world because nothing is funnier than unhappiness. Directed by Kevin Duran and Ashley Peeks. Performers include Austin Bender (Hamm), Jonathan Sicard (Clov), Kace Owens (Nagg), and C.C. Weatherly (Nell). Vinchenzo Locascio is scenic designer. Jose Guaradado is costume designer. Jesse Dale Scott is lighting designer. Hailey Herrin is sound design and stage manager. Performances for ENDGAME are April 14, 20, and 22 at 8:00 p.m. ENDGAME is presented at 502 S. Cooper Street, Fine Arts Building, North Section, Studio 137. Tickets: $10 for General Public; $8 for Students/Senior Citizens/UTA Faculty & Staff.

TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND (30 plays in 60 minutes) created by Greg Allen.

The plays are a mixture of dramatic, comedic, and abstract pieces. A big twist is that the audience decides the order that the show is performed! Directed by Fate Richey. The ensemble cast includes Forrest Swanson, Elizabeth Stevens, Sam Bullington, V. Kyle Tyson, Kevin Dang, Yancy De La O, Bismark Quintanilla, Jenna Redmond, Brad Kelm and Sam Wierick. Scenic designer is Krysele Martinez, Jesse Scott is lighting designer, Shelby Plummer is costume designer, Terry Jorgenson is sound designer, and Chris Hoffman is stage manager. Performances for TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND are April 14, 20, and 22 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets: $10 for General Public; $7 for Students/Senior Citizens/UTA Faculty & Staff. TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND is presented at 502 S. Cooper Street, Fine Arts Building, North Section, Studio 137. Tickets: $10 for General Public; $8 for Students/Senior Citizens/UTA Faculty & Staff.

Both ENDGAME and TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND are presented on the same night.

For tickets reservations, please contact www.UTATickets.com. For information, please contact the UT Arlington Department of Theatre Arts Box Office at 817.272.2669 or uta.edu/theatre.

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