Play time: KU Theatre staging ‘A Doll’s House’; EMU Theatre performing one-acts with local ties at Percolator
The next few weeks — this weekend in particular — promise more than a few options for theater lovers in Lawrence.
If you’re a recovering theater nerd like me (shoutout to Thespian Troupe 1820 at Wichita Southeast High School) who routinely listens to the “Les Miserables” soundtrack to get pumped for work in the morning, this is very exciting news.
Let’s review the selections, shall we?
First up: Kansas University Theatre’s take on Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House,” opening Saturday at Stage Too! in Murphy Hall’s Crafton-Preyer Theatre. This classic drama, penned in 1879, boasts some pretty ahead-of-its-time attitudes regarding gender roles.
In “A Doll’s House” (spoiler alert for a 130-year-old play), the housewife protagonist ends up leaving her condescending and overbearing husband in order to discover her own identity. It’s a decidedly modern take on what it means to be a woman in a man’s world that still feels relevant more than a century later, and as of 2006, the centennial of Ibsen’s death, held the distinction of being the most performed play in the world that year.
Saturday’s show is sold out, but tickets for Sunday’s staging are still available. You can also catch “A Doll’s House” next week, Thursday through Nov. 22.
Elsewhere this weekend, EMU Theatre is staging “Single Shots and Sunday School,” a series of monologues, most of which boast plots and/or authors with Lawrence ties.
Slated for Friday, Saturday and next Friday, Nov. 20, at 8:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Percolator, “Single Shots and Sunday School” features seven monologues, among them “Hot Georgia Sunday” by off-Broadway playwright and Kansas resident Catherine Trieschmann and “Upon the Occasion of Uncle Milt,” written by Lawrence’s Will Averill and performed by Jerry Mitchell, aka Victor Continental.
Other plays include “Warning Shots,” written by Everett Robert about Quantrill’s Raid, and Dan Born’s “Bang,” which recounts the life of poet Joan Vollmer before she was shot in the head by her husband, William Burroughs, in Mexico City.
(If you don’t know much about this incident, Wikipedia is a treasure trove of fascinating tidbits. Read when you literally don’t have anything else to do, because this stuff sucks you in.)
Tickets are $8 at the door. Check out Facebook for more information.
Next up for the Lawrence theater scene: a staged reading of local playwright and retired KU professor Paul Stephen Lim’s “Flesh, Flash and Frank Harris” at the Lawrence Public Library on Dec. 3, plus “The Little Mermaid” comes to Theatre Lawrence on Dec. 4.
Here's a little something to get you hyped in the meantime. Can you feel that (red) blood stirring in your veins?