UW School of Drama
Greetings from the School of Drama,
We've taken off this year with a hit show in the newly renovated Jones Playhouse. Next in the Penthouse Theatre, we continue the season with Josť Rivera's powerful story about a soldier coming home from war to his wife and the struggles they encounter.  Please tell any active military or veterans you may know to take advantage of our military discount. Active military and veterans pay $13 for any show.   
The School of Drama is delighted to announce that the New Play Workshops will now be in partnership with the Seattle Repertory Theatre for the readings this winter.  In order to accommodate the playwright's schedule, so she can work with the director and UW actors on the reading, we need to change the dates of this reading. The play's title is Lidless, for which Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig won the 2009 Yale Drama Series Award for Playwriting.  Braden Abraham, Assistant Artistic Director at The Rep will direct. 
The new dates for this reading are February 4-7.  If you have tickets, The UW Arts Ticket Office will be in contact with you very soon regarding the date changes.   
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November 2009 In this Issue...

*December Heats Up
*Help the School 
*Outstanding Staff Member
*It's Official
*The Old Elm Tree 
*Alumni News & Socialize
*Other Arts on Campus
It's Hot in the Penthouse
References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot 
References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot
by Josť Rivera
directed by Alyson Roux
November 30-December 13
Penthouse Theatre 
North Campus
Set in 1991, in a magical backyard in Barstow, CA, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot tells a contemporary, but timeless story of soldier and spouse - Benito is coming home from the Persian Gulf War and Gabriela is anticipating his arrival. Has the war changed him? Is he still the man she wants? Is her life what she wants? Gabriela sleeps in her hot desert backyard drenched with moonlight dreaming vivid scenes of love and loss that are both humorous and heartbreaking. Adult Themes.
Buy your tickets now for References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot. 
Coming up in Winter: 
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, January 31-February 14
New Play Workshops
          Lidless: February 4,5,6,7
          TBA: March 4,5,6,7
Reading Series: Looking Up at Down
         Waiting for Lefty:February 18, 19, 20, 21
         End of Summer: February 25, 26, 27, 28

 For more information: drama.washington.edu
Help Us Maintain Our Excellence!
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Our Annual Fund drive is vitally important to the School of Drama's ability to maintain our educational mission, and to continue to deliver the quality theatre training for which we are nationally recognized. In this difficult fiscal climate, gifts to the Annual Fund provide critical unrestricted revenue which has become essential to the School's fiscal strength and stability. The Annual Fund supports  academic programs, student financial aid, research and internship programs, the purchase of library resources and research. Your contribution - large or small - will help protect and secure our future. Please support the School with a gift to the Annual Fund.

To make a gift online, visit Support the School 
Alex Danilchik: Outstanding Staff Member
Danilchik Invests in Designer's Dreams
Cue to Cue: News from the UW School of DramaAlex Danilchik, the School of Drama's technical director, is a man who doesn't like to say no. Scenic design students come to him with crazy ideas: Making pictures magically move onstage, suspending heavy objects that people have to walk under, making actors appear to levitate. And, writes their teacher, Robert Mark Morgan, in his letter nominating Danilchik for the Distinguished Staff Award, "Alex hears the ideas, invests in the design dreams of the students and puts in all the extra time and effort that is required to make it a reality."
Read more University Week
It's Official! The Jones Playhouse Dedicated

It was a great party!
After a nearly two year and $10M renovation, the Jones Playhouse was officially dedicated on October 30, 2009.  In attendance were University dignitaries, State officials as well as participants in the renovation and School of Drama donors, faculty and staff.  The inaugural production was Shakespeare's The Tempest, featuring MFA and undergraduate
actors and designs by three MFA designers.  Directing the show was alumnus M. Burke Walker, founder of the iconic Empty Space Theatre in Seattle.  The historic building was previously home to the Seattle Repertory Playhouse, which in the 1930's housed one of the most successful Federal Theatre Projects and FTP/ Negro Theatre Units in the country.

Read about M. Burke Walker and TheTempest: University Week 
The Old Elm Tree
NO, We Didn't Just Chop Down the Elm Tree
Cue to Cue: News from the UW School of DramaA beloved elm tree that stood at the entrance to what is now the Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse is about to enjoy a new life in the lobby. During the recent renovation of the playhouse, the tree was evaluated and found to be too fragile to save. But instead of turning into wood chips in someone's garden, it was cut down and the wood transported to a local business called Urban Hardwoods. There, it was sliced lengthwise into approximately 2-inch-thick slabs, stacked and air-dried in a large warehouse for approximately one year. Finally, for six months it was cured in a large kiln, then fabricated into five benches that will sit in the playhouse lobby. 

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                                                                               A close up of the Elm bench.
Alumni News: The GRADbag
Wonder what a classmate or favorite graduate is doing now?  Is s/he still working in theatre or is off on another adventure?  Check here to see the latest.
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Other Events on Campus

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