We are excited about all of the creative work happening in the Theatre Building on
Central Avenue and we want to share that with the entire campus community and at the
same time celebrate all of the hard working folks at the university. So, once again,
we are offering a special faculty and staff evening at the theatre for FREE.
The first Friday of each of our Mainstage shows will be faculty, staff and alumni
Each U of M faculty, staff and alum may request two free tickets to the performance.
You may also purchase extra tickets for $15 if you would like to invite more than
It has been quite a year and we all need a good laugh! The Department of Theatre &
Dance invites all UM faculty, staff and alumni to take a break and join us for a FREE
night at the theatre for our final production this season –Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz
and Guildenstern are Dead this Friday, April 18 at 7:30pm.
The University of Memphis closes the season with a contemporary twist on a classic
tale! Third-year directing candidate Paul Revaz directs this absurdist take on the
story of Hamlet...as told from the skewed and unexpected perspective of two relatively
minor characters - Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Comedy unfolds as the two oft-confused
supporting players, bewildered by their mission and their reason for being, take center
stage. Madcap humor, witty wordplay, gripping tension and a heady swirl of ideas all
come together in this story of two nobodies who long to star in their own story.
At the forefront of Paul's remarkable cast are two extremely gifted actors – David
Couter and Jon Castro, playing, respectively, the characters of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
This is no small feat because, unlike Shakespeare's minor players in Hamlet, Rosencrantz
and Guildenstern are at the center of the action – never leaving stage. Last spring
Couter and Castro played opposite each other with palpable chemistry in The Pillowman.
As leaders in the program, the two young artists have had many roles, preparing them
for this tour-de-force.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead also features some of U of M's brightest talent
in supporting roles, including Luke Hefner (Anatoly in Chess, Raoul in Phantom of
the Opera) with Jake Bell, Justin Burgess, Kaitlyn Maurer, Jerry Rogers, Sarah Solarez,
Sterling Church, Bradley Applegate, Kevin Cochran, Corwyn Cullum, Willie Derrick,
Caleb Leach, Jessica Otis, and Hunter Reid.
How to get your 2 FREE tickets for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead:
You may reserve your tickets by calling the box office 678-2576 or by ordering them
online at www.memphis.edu/theatre. To pick tickets up, please bring your faculty/staff
id to the box office located in the Theatre Building on Central Ave. All tickets are
available on a first come, first served basis.
The box office hours are...
Monday 9:00am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Tuesday 9:00am to 1:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am to 4:30pm
Thursday 9:00am to 1:00pm
Friday 10:00am to 4:30pm
The box office opens at 6:30 on performance nights.
We ask that you pick up your tickets by 7:00 on Friday, April 18, 2014.
If you have any questions, please call Alice Berry at 678-3184.