By Kathleen Clawson
The coming month brings three performances to all the stages of the UNM Department of Theatre and Dance: Jean-Paul Sartre's "No Exit," student choreography showcase "Still/Moving" and Anton Chekov's masterpiece, "The Cherry Orchard."
From French philosopher Sartre comes one of the most chilling and unforgettable portrayals of hell. The UNM Department of Theatre and Dance and student-led production company SCRAP Productions present the existential tour de force "No Exit" in the Experimental Theatre, Center for the Arts, Friday, Oct. 22-Sunday, Oct. 31.
Garcin, Inez and Estelle are three souls who have been condemned to spend their afterlife in hell. Upon their arrival they are shocked to find that there is no fire, red-hot pincers or torturer. Instead they are each led into a simple drawing room where they are to stay together for eternity. Will these three souls be able to coexist? Only time will tell – all time that is.
Performances of "No Exit" are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 6 p.m. on Sundays. The play is recommended for mature audiences. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 faculty and seniors, and $8 staff and students.
With artistic direction by Professor Eva Encinias-Sandoval and Associate Chairperson Donna Jewell, "Still/Moving" is a vibrant, eclectic compilation of original works by emerging undergraduate and graduate choreographers from the UNM dance program, Friday, Oct. 22-Sunday, Oct. 24, in the Carlisle South Arena Performance Space, located on Yale Mall across from Ortega Hall.
"Still/Moving" is an evening of dance choreographed by the finest UNM student choreographers. The choreography pushes the cutting edge of art and movement in a variety of dance forms and explores a vast landscape of emotional and aesthetic content.
Performances of "Still/Moving" are at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 faculty and seniors, and $8 staff and students.
"The Cherry Orchard"
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Chekhov, one of the world's greatest playwrights, the UNM Department of Theatre and Dance presents "The Cherry Orchard," directed by Associate Professor Bill Walters, Friday, Nov. 12-Sunday, Nov. 21, in Rodey Theatre, Center for the Arts.
"The Cherry Orchard" is the story of an impoverished aristocratic family whose estate, including their beloved cherry orchard, is about to be sold to pay for mounting debts. Written on the verge of the Russian Revolution, its themes of family, change and real estate are no less relevant today.
Performances of "The Cherry Orchard" are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 faculty and seniors, and $10 staff and students.
Tickets are available at UNM ticket offices at the UNM Bookstore or The Pit, by calling (505) 925-5858 or online at unmtickets.com. For information, call the UNM Department of Theatre and Dance performance hotline at (505) 277-9125 or visit Theatre and Dance.