By Moisés Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theatre Project Nafe Katter Theatre
The Laramie Project is a breathtaking theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable. In October 1998 Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was left to die, tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. Five weeks later, members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie, and over the course of the next year, conducted more than 200 interviews with people of the town. From these interviews they wrote The Laramie Project, a riveting chronicle of the life of the town of Laramie in the year after the murder.
Co-Sponsored by the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center and the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut
Please call 860-486-2113 for information on subscribing and general ticket information. The CRT Box Office is located at the Nafe Katter Theatre, 820 Bolton Road, on the Storrs campus. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. Ticket prices range from $7 to $36, and subscribers receive a discount of up to 24 percent off regular ticket prices.
STORRS. Connecticut Repertory Theatre will hold a screening of Robert Greene’s award-winning documentary film Actress, starring Brandy Burre. The film centers around Burre’s steps to return to acting after a hiatus to focus on motherhood. Burre was named “Best Actress of 2014” by Richard Brody of The New Yorker for her work in the film. The screening will be held on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at the von der Mehden Recital Hall, followed by a Q&A with Burre. Tickets will be available at the door and cost five dollars for student tickets and ten dollars for general admission. CRT subscribers will receive free admission. Information is available at crt.uconn.edu or at (860) 486-2113.
After receiving her MFA from Ohio University, Burre moved to New York to pursue an acting career. Following a successful stint in a recurring role on HBO’s hit show The Wire, Burre and her partner decided to move to Beacon, NY to focus on building a family. Burre’s neighbor, director Robert Greene, moved into the house next door that same month. After befriending each other, Greene decided that he wanted Brandy to be the subject of his next film. He approached her about it, and Burre says that at the time “agreeing to the documentary was a huge leap of faith. Of course, I was hesitant at first and Robert had to do a bit of coaxing to get me on board. Even he wasn’t sure what we were after when we began the journey of filming. From his previous films, he knew he was interested in exploring the idea of “performance in a documentary” and from there our free form collaboration began. There was an element of unknown– what footage he would be able to capture and how he would form that into a narrative?”
What makes this film unique is that Burre is an actor playing herself in her roles of actor, mother, partner, and woman. In sharing so much of herself, Burre stated that her “goal was simply, to be truthful in front of a camera. But, that begged the question, “what is my truth?” Indeed, a profound question I found not so simply answered. And one that every individual at some point in life might be forced to ask themselves. It is within the asking, that the movie becomes universal in its scope. That idea that we all play the ‘role of our lives,’ not just the ‘actress.’”
The film, released in 2014, was a critical success. It has an 88% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and made Paste Magazine’s Top 100 Documentaries of all Time. It continues to captivate audiences around the world with its heartbreakingly honest depictions of a world crumbling and one woman’s strength to survive it.
Burre is currently a guest artist at Connecticut Repertory Theatre. She is working on The Laramie Project, directed by CRT’s artistic director Vincent J. Cardinal. As a documentary theatre piece, Burre has had no problem transitioning from the documentary screen back to stage. The Laramie Project tells the story of the gruesome kidnapping and murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student. Several weeks after the incident, members of The Tectonic Theatre Project traveled to Laramie, Wyoming to conduct interviews with Laramie residents. The play is made up of transcriptions of those interviews, collectively telling the tale of how a town recovers in the face of tragedy. Performances of The Laramie Project begin on October 8 and continue through October 18, 2015 at Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s Nafe Katter Theatre. Tickets are now on sale at crt.uconn.edu or 860-486-2113.
Directed, Edited & Photographed by Robert Greene
Produced by Douglas Tirola & Susan Bedusa
Starring Brandy Burre
Thursday September 24, 2015 – 8:00pm
von der Mehden Recital Hall
Tickets: $5 Students and $10 General Admission / Free for CRT subscribers.
Running Time: 92 min
Cash only – at the door.
CRT is the professional producing arm of the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. CRT productions are directed, designed by, and cast with visiting professional artists, including Equity actors, faculty members, and the department’s most advanced student artists. The synergy between professional and advanced student artists creates extraordinary theatre and a unique learning environment.
“Lysistrata” by Aristophanes, Adapted and directed by Jen Wineman. February, 2015. Photo by Gerry Goodstein.
Storrs: Connecticut Repertory Theatre under the leadership of Artistic Director Vincent J. Cardinal and Managing Director Matthew J. Pugliese announced the 2015-16 Season. The season features works that have been adapted from another medium. These stories range from contemporary classics, musical comedy and original premieres. Subscriptions are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling 860-486-2113. Single tickets go on sale on August 1.
The season begins with Cardinal directing The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theatre Project. In October 1998 Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was left to die, tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. Five weeks later, members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie, and over the course of the next year, conducted more than 200 interviews with people of the town. From these interviews they wrote The Laramie Project, a riveting chronicle of the life of the town of Laramie in the year after the murder.
Infused with the music and jollity of the Christmas season, the second show of the Main Stage Season will be William Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night. Viola, the shipwrecked heroine, lands on the shore of Illyria, and disguised as a page, Cesario, searches for her lost brother. Countess Olivia mourns the loss of her own brother. When the lovely Countess meets the handsome young page (Viola in disguise), desire banishes grief in this intoxicating comedy of mistaken identity and contagious laughter.
The first two Main Stage productions of the 2015-16 season will take place in the Nafe Katter Theatre. Following Twelfth Night, CRT will take a break from the Katter Theatre for 18 months as construction begins on a new, state of the art production facility, adjacent to the Katter. The new building will house our scene shop, paint shop, light shop, and costume shop as well as a new public space for gatherings.
In February, a new adaptation of Jane Austen’s first published novel, Sense and Sensibility will take the stage. Following their father’s untimely death, Sense and Sensibility tells the story of the penniless Dashwood sisters pursue life and love in their own distinctive ways. Elinor is smart and down-to-earth. Marianne is wildly romantic. They each attract suitors whose startling secrets obstruct the path to happily ever after. Full of passion, wit, and soaring emotion, this new adaptation is co-written by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan, the same writing team behind CRT’s Pride & Prejudice in 2012.
The season will end in the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre with the Tony-Award winning musical adaptation of the classic comic movie, Monty Python and The Holy Grail, in the form of Spamalot: The Musical. The film’s plot remains largely intact, but its core songs and comic thrust have been expanded, satirically redirected and updated taking on popular culture, musical theatre clichés, and, well, stage adaptions.
The Studio Show season, which is available as a part of the six play subscription, begins in the fall with Anon(ymous). The show tackles one of the most polarizing political issues in our world today— immigration. Playwright Naomi Iizuka adapts a story whose roots are in the epic tradition of Ancient Greece and Homer’s Odyssey. Anon(ymous), challenges to define what “home” is for each of us and imagine what we might do to get there.
The second show of the Studio Season will consist of three new works from UConn’s MFA Puppet Arts graduate students. The MFA Puppet Arts students will tell personal stories through the plots and images of well know tales, such as Medea, Macbeth and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in the Studio Theatre production of The MFA Puppet Festival. This production will highlight the work of UConn Puppeteers, as the program begins its 50th year. The students and graduates of the Puppet Arts program have been reinventing the international theatrical landscape by innovating and expanding definitions of puppetry and “object performance.”
PERFORMANCE AND TICKET INFORMATION
Please call 860-486-2113 for information on subscribing and general ticket information. The CRT Box Office is located at the Nafe Katter Theatre, 820 Bolton Road, on the Storrs campus. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m.
Performances are usually Wednesdays through Sundays. Wed. & Thu. evening performances start at 7:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat. evening performances start at 8 p.m., Sat. and Sun. matinee performances start at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices range from $7 to $36, and subscribers receive a discount of up to 24 percent off regular ticket prices.
All plays, dates and times are subject to change.
Children must be at least 4 years old to attend CRT productions. For additional ticket information or to charge tickets by phone, call 860.486.2113. All sales are final; no refunds. Play selections and performance dates are subject to change. Single tickets will go on sale on April 20, 2014.
CRT, part of the School of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut, is the professional producing arm of the Department of Dramatic Arts. CRT stages an array of the best in theatre, from classic plays and musicals to premieres of the latest contemporary work, featuring some of the nation’s finest theatre professionals on stage with the department’s most promising students. The synergy between professionals and advanced student artists creates extraordinary theatre and a unique learning environment.