The Department of Dance and Theatre, with the generous support of the College of Arts and Sciences, presents:
Tandy Cronyn starring in the world premiere of "The Tall Boy," a new play by Simon Bent and directed by David Hammond.
Simon Bent plays have been produced at The National Theatre of Great Britain, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, in London's West End and on Broadway. Some of his works include: A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Associate, Bad Company, Goldhawk Road, Sugar Sugar, Shelter, The Trouble with Girls, and Accomplices.
David Hammond is a nationally renowned director, former resident director for the American Conservatory Theatre and the Yale Repertory Theatre. Most recently, he directed Hamlet for Empirical Rogue in New York and As You Like It for the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge.
Kay Boyle's short story, "The Lost," was originally published in a collection titled "Smoking Mountain: Stories of Germany During the Occupation." It tells the story of three boys, a 15-year-old Czech, a 14-year-old Pole and a 12-year-old Italian who have been swept up by different American Army units in the final years of the war and outfitted as GI mascots. The boys all wear cut down US Army fatigues, speak English in the accents of the GI's who took them in, and want to follow their units "home" to the US. But as the GIs are being shipped back stateside, the boys are dumped at a children's DP Center in Bavaria run by an American Relief Team. The matron of this temporary orphanage is bound by regulations to try to repatriate the children - the United States has yet to open its doors to more than a tiny trickle of refugees - but the boys have their hearts set on America.
In Simon Bent's dramatization, the story is told by Annie, the American matron of the displaced person's camp for unaccompanied children, and through her eyes, we relive the boys' struggles to find a future for themselves in the aftermath of World War II.
Performances will be held:
August 2 @ 8 pm
August 3 @ 8 pm
August 4 @ 5 pm & 8 pm
August 5 @ 2 pm
RTFP Building - Studio Theater
Tickets can be ordered with a credit card over the phone by calling (940) 565-2428 or Metro (817) 267-3731 ext. 2428. We are located in the RTFP building in the first floor lobby of the University Theatre (room 104). At our box office location, we can accept cash, checks and credit cards.
Tickets go on sale starting July 26, 2012.
Interactive workshops with Tandy Cronyn and David Hammond are free and open to the public. The workshops will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 27 and Aug. 3 in Room 127 of the RTFP Building.