University of Arkansas Theatre Showcases Two MFA Playwrights

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Full-scale productions of original plays from MFA playwrights Brittany Taylor and Robert Flaherty Hart will be held Sept. 25-28.

The University of Arkansas Department of Theatre is proud to announce that their Studio Series will open this year with original works by two MFA playwrights, Brittany Taylor and Robert Flaherty Hart.

Taylor’s “V is for Violin” and Hart’s “Poor Relations” will play in the repertory the weekend of Sept. 25-28 in Kimpel 404 as the first productions of the 2014-2015 Studio Series.

“V is for Violin” follows a young photographer as he faces the possible disintegration of all he holds dear, after taking a brilliant – but brutal – photograph of a starving child in the Sudan. The production is directed by Kholoud Sawaf, who directed other plays, including “A Doll’s House” and “Time Stands Still.”

“Poor Relations” tells the story of two Missouri brothers – bitter enemies since boyhood – as they begin to confront their hatred for one another following their mother’s death. As family secrets unfold, will they find forgiveness? The director is Mavourneen Dwyer who also directed “Translations” and “Arcadia.”

Taylor, from Texas, and Hart, from Kansas, will both graduate with their MFAs in playwriting in the coming academic year, and these productions will serve as their thesis projects. Beginning in fall 2014, the playwriting program will be run by Department of Theatre faculty member Clinnesha Sibley.

The schedule of performances is as follows:

Thursday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m.—“Poor Relations”
Friday, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m.—“V is for Violin”
Saturday, Sept. 27, 2 p.m.—“V is for Violin”
Saturday, Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m.—“Poor Relations”
Sunday, Sept. 28, 2 p.m.—“Poor Relations”
Sunday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.—“V is for Violin”

Adult tickets are $10; seniors and faculty/staff, $8; and students, $5. (There are no free student tickets available for this production.) Due to limited seating and increased demand, it is highly recommended that patrons make reservations in advance. For more information about the upcoming productions, visit

The University of Arkansas Department of Theatre has been providing exciting and affordable live theatre for more than 60 years. They combine a first-rate theatrical education full of hands-on experience with a wide selection of titles to challenge their students and delight the community. The Theatre Department produces eight shows a year: four large-scale productions at the University Theatre and four smaller shows in the Studio Series. Shows range from new works to classic favorites, from period pieces and Shakespeare plays to Broadway musicals. For more information, visit their website at

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