UNT student wins international award

Sat, Jul 23, 2016 - 3:55pm

A University of North Texas student won a student playwriting award.

Jacob Sampson, a UNT senior, won the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation Award and DAMU Contest for the U.S. Students of Drama and Performance Studies.

Sampson wrote a play with a theme inspired by the works of Havel, a playwright, human rights activist and Czech Republic president from 1989 to 1992.

The contest rules required applicants to make use of an artificial language Havel created in his 1965 play, The Memorandum.

Sampson will travel to Czech Republic for two weeks in November.

Theater faculty at the Academy...

UNT grad’s drama imagines cruel grip of Alzheimer’s

Sat, Jul 9, 2016 - 4:09pm

By Lucinda Breeding

University of North Texas graduate Duran Lucio dreamed up Dragon in an upper-level theater class last spring.

The assignment was for the class to break into groups and write a 10-minute scene of non-realistic theater. Professor Sally Vahle told her class the projects could play with the markers of typical realism — time, setting, language and character.

Lucio proposed a scene inspired by his grandmother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

“The disease of Alzheimer’s kind of warps their reality,” Lucio said. “I took that as an inspiration to do a 10-minute piece...

UNT grad lands role in Oprah show

Sat, Jun 25, 2016 - 3:56pm

A University of North Texas graduate has a role on Oprah Winfrey’s latest television venture, Greenleaf.

Kedrick Brown, the UNT alumnus, plays Breezy Jones in Greenleaf, a television drama about an unscrupulous Greenleaf family and their Memphis, Tennessee megachurch.

The show premiered on Tuesday on OWN and stars Keith David Lynn Whitfield and Merle Dandridge.

Most recently, Brown appeared on the award-winning ABC series, American Crime and STARZ series Survivors Remorse. Brown is an actor and dancer, and was seen last on stage...

Romantic shenanigans

Thu, Apr 14, 2016 - 8:00am

by Lucinda Breeding

The University of North Texas drama department plans to do some gender bending in its upcoming staging of William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Director Valerie Hauss-Smith, an adjunct professor in the theater program, set the play in the late 1800s and early 1900s — a bit of a jump from Shakespeare’s setting in the 1500s.

“It was an interesting because it was during the beginning of the women’s rights movement,” Hauss-Smith said of her choice to give the comedy a more contemporary setting. “Women were affirming themselves, demanding the right to vote. They were...

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Ground Control

Mon, Jan 11, 2016 - 8:00am

by Sarah Larson

Henry Hey met David Bowie in 2012, when the producer Tony Visconti asked him to play some keyboard parts on Bowie’s album “The Next Day.” It went well. “I was told that David asked for me back,” Hey said recently. “I think we had a good rapport.” Hey, now the music director of the Bowie-driven musical “Lazarus,” at New York Theatre Workshop, was sitting on a chaise longue in the theatre’s basement, an hour before curtain, surrounded by wilted bouquets, prop gin bottles, and bags of inflated balloons. He wore black. Hey has curtains of wiry dark...