August 7-8: The Complete History of Theatre (Abridged) by Matt Thompson, dir. Rene Pulliam
The Arter Limits Fringe Festival and Theater Oxford are presenting a production of Matt Thompson’s The Complete History of Theatre (Abridged) at the Powerhouse, directed by Rene Pulliam.
It’s opening night, and master playwright William Shakespeare, theatrical diva Sarah Bernhardt and the indelible intellectual Constantine Stanislavsky lead you on a wild and wacky journey through the history of theatre from Aristophanes to Emile Zola. This crazy cast of characters will transport you back in time as we relive the various elements of theatre from all parts of the globe. Explore the beginnings of Greek theatre, Aristotle’s Poetics, the fine art of Kabuki, the history of mime, the gladiators of Rome and speculation on the real author of Shakespeare’s plays. Along the way, the bumbling Shakespeare misquotes himself, Sarah Bernhardt can’t get over the sound of thunderous applause and Stanislavsky gets blown out of a cannon when someone says the name of “the Scottish play” in the theatre! Through a little perseverance and commedia dell’arte, the famous trifecta attempt to hold the show together, but when the producer appears onstage, things only get worse when the cast finds out they are trapped in a play within a play.
October 22-24: It’s My Party! by Ann Timmons, dir. Jackie Daniels
The League of Women Voters and Theatre Oxford will present It’s My Party! as part of a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.
What happens when two different factions ignite political change using wildly different tactics? “It’s My Party!” explores the generational split that threatened the suffragists’ march toward the 19th Amendment. Competing strategies, daring stunts, and bitter rivalries abound, along with the hope and persistence it takes to get something done in Washington! Featuring famous suffragists Alice Paul, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, and Carrie Chapman Catt, among others.
October 22-24, 7:30 pm, The Powerhouse. Tickets here.
Jan 15-17: Online Stream of It’s My Party!
In preparation for the Presidential Inauguration later this month, Theatre Oxford will stream a filmed version of our October show, It’s My Party!, written by Ann Timmons and directed by Jackie Daniels, on Jan 15 and 16 at 7pm, and Jan 17 at 3pm.
To watch, please buy a ticket for online viewing, and you will be sent a link to the video which will open for a specific amount of time.
April 8-10: The 2021 Ten-Minute Play Festival: Making Magic
Theatre Oxford’s annual 10-Minute Play Festival draws new works from all over the world. The grand prize is $1,000 plus production in arts-loving Oxford Mississippi, a town beloved for its literary history. This year, we have changed the dates of our festival, usually happening in the fall, to a spring slot; the Festival will take place in mid-April 2021 at the Powerhouse, Oxford’s arts hub.
We are also theming our festival around the idea of “magic,” and we’ve got some fun surprises planned for our production. Magic doesn’t always have to mean Harry Potter wizardry, Lord of the Ring’s Gandalf, or Salem witches; in addition to a connection to something (apparently) supernatural it can also mean mysterious, wonderful, amazing, or eerie, spooky, or unusual. In short, expect a lot of theatrical magic from our contest winners and local writers!
The Ten-Minute Play Festival will be screening at the Oxford Film Festival’s Drive-In on Sunday, April 18 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Buy tickets online here.
August 12-15: The Heartbreak Henry, dir. David Sheffield
Turn the clock back to 1967. Ole Miss undergrad David Sheffield was the night manager of the Henry Hotel on East Jackson. On a snowy Christmas Eve he had to evict two waitresses with shady side activities. From August 12-15, 2021, Theatre Oxford is presenting the comedy production, Heartbreak Henry, that not only tells what happened next but what also occurred during Sheffield’s tenure behind the reservation desk.
After leaving Oxford Sheffield went on to a distinguished career as lead comedy writer for Saturday Night Live and chief scriptwriter for both Coming to America movies. But he never forgot his stint at the Henry Hotel. Sheffield wrote, and will direct, the Theatre Oxford production. The script features all the cranky, contentious and confused patrons who frequented the hotel during his tenure.
August 12-15, The Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts.
More information on ticketing will be available closer to the performance.