The University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan’s University Theatre invites the Sheboygan community to a special one-night only fundraising event at the Fine Arts theatre featuring selections and scenes from six original plays from University Theatre Director Dr. Thomas Campbell.
“A Night of Scenes” will be offered on Friday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the UW-SheboyganFine Arts Theatre. The public is invited. All proceeds will help to build the drama program at UW-Sheboygan.
According to Campbell, the one-night production of scenes from his own plays grew out of a series of requests from patrons and students to see his original work performed on the local stage.
“I am flattered people are taking an interest in my plays, but I have no interest in directing my own work. The ability to take on these roles simultaneously works beautifully for many writer-directors, but it does not work for me,” Campbell explained. “That said I do appreciate people asking about my work so I am using this opportunity to showcase some of my plays and provide another performance opportunity to students and the Sheboygan community.”
“A Night of Scenes” will feature six plays that Campbell has penned over the years; four 10-minute plays as well as larger selections from two of his full-length plays. The evening’s scenes will include:
Hero – written as part of the Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s 24-Hour Play Day, this 10-minute comedy depicts three wayward superheroes meeting on a rooftop to begin their patrol only to end up questioning their worth and mission.
Redacted – a 10-minute drama about two sisters going through their late father’s office shortly following his death and discovering many mementos from their collective past.
Holiday Patrol – A contribution to the Big Muddy Playfest’s holiday special, this absurdist comedy depicts a darker take on the holiday season.
Shut Out the Light – Inspired by Bruce Springsteen’s song of the same title, this 10-minute drama depicts the struggles facing a young veteran as he lies in bed with his wife on his first night back home.
Descartes à la Mode (selections from) – a full-length drama focusing on a newly sober high school teacher as he fights the strong social stigmas associated with the debilitating, chronic disease of alcoholism. A part of Dr. Campbell’s research work on depictions of alcoholism on the contemporary American stage, this play received the “Best Long Play” award for the 2013 Christian H. Moe Playwriting contest and recently premiered with Shots in the Dark Independent Theatre, Co. in Columbus, OH.
Risata, Sciocco… Risata! (selections from) – A comedic romp through the fractured mind of a young man struggling with social phobia and confronting his views of reality while being escorted through the action by the mysterious figures known as “The Watchers.” An experimental take on the coming-of-age story, this play is about (altered) perceptions of reality, the powerful use of T’ai Chi, and the struggle to define one’s individuality within American culture. Winner of the 2012 Archie Award for “Best New Play” and a 2012 KCACTF Region III Participating Production.
All proceeds from this special production will be used to purchase much-needed tools, storage equipment, lighting instruments, and other production essentials that will be helpful in growing the quality and safety of the University Theatre environment.
Tickets for “A Night of Scenes” are $10 for general admission and all UW-Sheboyganstudents are FREE with current ID. Advance tickets can be purchased at the UW-SheboyganBusiness Services Office or at the Box Office in the Fine Arts Building up to one hour before show time.
For more information about University Theatre or to purchase tickets, contact the Box Office at (920) 459-6652 or stop in the UW-SheboyganBusiness Services Office Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.