For the first time since March 2020, UP Theater is staging a full production, “House of Desires” written by Sor Juana Inéz de la Cruz in 1683. In contrast to the staged reading of “You Cannot Undo This Action” earlier this semester, this play involves all the familiar elements of theater: costumes, sets, blocking and lighting.
Prepare to leave your computer screens behind for UP’s first in-person performance since March 2020. The cast and crew of You Cannot Undo This Action, takes aim at social media, while eschewing Zoom boxes for the stage at Mago Hunt Theater.
If you’ve ever played the boardgame “Clue” or read an Agatha Christie novel, this might sound familiar: Somebody has been murdered, probably on a dark and stormy night and anyone could be the culprit. This is the routine inciting incident for the theater department’s upcoming production of “Clue,” playing virtually on April 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m.
After I started playing the banjo, I told a friend of mine I was thinking about picking up the harmonica too. His response to that was, “Are you ever going to learn an instrument that people like?”
If you’ve never heard of “The Public” before, you’re not alone. The surrealist nature of the play has made it an obscure one, outside of typical drama circles, and the story behind it is as dramatic as the plot itself. The playwright, Frederico Garcia Lorca, was assassinated by the Spanish government before the script was fully complete. The only reason the UP Theater department can put the show on is because Lorca gave all his important documents and papers to a friend for safekeeping, before he was killed. “The Public'” was among these documents.