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Tis the Season

By Tara Bennett

Your semester is packed and so is the LSU theatre schedule. Don’t sweat it, Tigers. Here’s this season’s playbill so you can pick the shows to be most excited about this fall and the upcoming spring. Mark your calendars, because these shows are ones you don’t want to miss.

DISGRACED

September 30 – October 11, 2015

Presented by Swine Palace

Performances in Claude L. Shaver Theatre

By Ayad Akhtar

Directed by Femi Euba

Amir Kapoor has turned his back on his cultural roots in pursuit of the American Dream—he’s married to a beautiful woman, lives in a luxurious Manhattan apartment and is eyeing a lucrative promotion at his powerful law firm. But when Amir hosts a dinner party for his African American co-worker and her Jewish husband, the initially pleasant evening erupts into a volatile argument over race, religion and class in the modern world.

GOOD KIDS

November 11 – 22, 2015

Presented by LSU Theatre

Performances in Reilly Theatre

By Naomi Iizuka

Directed by Richard Holden

Good Kids takes place after a high school party, when a girl, Chloe is raped by a gang of football players while passed out drunk, and the repercussions and rumors that circulate among her peers comprise most of the play. The play addresses many prevalent social issues, including the notion that women need to take preventative measures to avoid such encounters, rather than the men who act as predators.

BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK

February 17 – 28, 2016

Presented by LSU Theatre

Performances in the Reilly Theatre

By Lynn Nottage

Directed by Joy Vandervort-Cobb

This comedy offers a glimpse into the life of Vera Stark, a headstrong African American actress who begins a career in the 1930s, at a time when her only shot at success lay in stealing small scenes in big Hollywood blockbusters. Seventy years later, film buffs are left to reflect on the life and legacy of this controversial star, whose eventual fame and fortune came at the price of perpetuating dangerous stereotypes.

VIEUX CARRE

April 13 – 24, 2016

Presented by Swine Palace

Performances in Reilly Theatre

By Tennessee Williams

Directed by George Judy

Lauded as the unofficial sequel to The Glass Menagerie, this autobiographical story centers on a young writer who leaves his home in St. Louis to move to a ramshackle New Orleans boarding house in the French Quarter back in 1938. The focus shifts between the lives of the residents and their various afflictions.

JULIUS CAESAR

July 20 – 24, 2016

Presented by Swine Palace

Performances in Reilly Theatre

By William Shakespeare

Directed by George Judy

Shakespeare’s classic political thriller is an action-packed retelling of the tragedy about the ambitious Roman emperor assassinated by his own men. Even if you don’t care for Elizabethan English, this exploration of power, honor, and ambition is full of intrigue, riots, and battles.

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