UO plans to produce contemporary plays, 2 written by students.
University Theatre's Second Season will consist of four contemporary plays, including two scripts by UO students that were selected in the theater department's third annual New Voices competition.
Second Season will open Oct. 31-Nov. 2 with the two New Voices plays, Brian Boone's "The Sea is a Restless Whore," subtitled "A Pirate Musical," and "Waiting to be Exiled" by Nathan Bloch.
Boone, from Portland, is a spring 2002 UO graduate in magazine journalism. Bloch is a senior theater arts major from Eugene.
A panel of theater faculty and graduate students selected the plays in the spring from nearly 30 original scripts submitted.
The first regular production of the Second Season, set for Jan. 15-18 and 23-25, 2003, will be "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" by comedian and actor Steve Martin. This absurdist comedy places Picasso and Einstein in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism.
The second production, scheduled for March 5-8 and 13-15, is "The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek" by Naomi Wallace, a recent script from The Actor's Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival of New American Plays. Wallace has received a MacArthur Genius Award for her gritty, poetic portrayals of everyday people caught in extraordinarily difficult situations.
In "The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek," she portrays a family struggling during the Great Depression in a town so poor that even love is no longer affordable.
The final offering in the Second Season is Conor McPherson's "This Lime Tree Bower," playing May 14-17 and 22-24. McPherson is one of a new wave of Irish writers who have been widely produced in Europe and the United States.
In "This Lime Tree Bower," three young men share their overlapping recollections of one fearful night that includes a rape, an embarrassing episode at a university lecture and a robbery.
All Second Season shows will be at 8 p.m. in the arena theater (Room 104) in Villard Hall, 1109 Old Campus Lane.
Tickets are $6 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens, UO faculty and staff and non-UO students; $4 for UO students. Neither season tickets nor group rates are available for Second Season shows.
Tickets will be sold at the ticket office in the Erb Memorial Union, 1222 E. 13th Ave. (346-4363). The ticket office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
On performance days only, tickets also will be available at the University Theatre box office in Robinson Theatre (346-4191). The box office is open from 6 to 8 p.m. before performances.