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WaterTower Theatre’s Terry Martin
RICHARDSON, Texas (Dec. 5, 2003) -- Terry Martin, award-winning artistic director of Addison's WaterTower Theatre, will direct the regional premiere of Christopher Durang's comedie noir, Betty's Summer Vacation , at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) Feb. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15 in the University Theatre. Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.
Betty's Summer Vacation, a black-comedy send-up of America's insatiable appetite for scandal and reality television, is a merry beachside romp featuring murder, mutilation and charades. In the play, Betty is looking for the ultimate summer vacation when she rents a room at a cozy beach house. However, her vacation turns into a surreal adventure when the darker sides of the other summer renters begin to unfold.
The collaboration with Martin continues UTD's commitment to forming cooperative projects between students and outstanding artists and artistic organizations. The cast and crew of Betty's Summer Vacation will include such notable professionals as Leon Rabin award-winning actress Mary Anna Austin, as Mrs. Siezmagraff, and Leon Rabin award-winning lighting designer and UTD technical director Jeff Stover. UTD senior and WaterTower Theatre regular Amanda Denton, who has studied closely with Martin, will serve as assistant director.
The remainder of the cast and backstage support for Betty's Summer Vacation is composed almost entirely of UTD students -- Kristi Humphreys as Betty, Margaret Athene Chaplin as Trudy, Ryan Scneider as Buck, Bobby Selah as Keith, Rick Tuman as Mr. Vanislaw, Clayton Farris as Voice 1, Rebecca McDonald as Voice 2, Uri Heller as Voice 3 and Sylvia May as stage manager. Both Denton and May are senior UTD Arts and Humanities majors who have been working with Martin at the WaterTower Theatre.
Tickets for Betty's Summer Vacation are $15 for adults, $10 for students and free at the door to UTD students with a valid identification. UTD ticket office hours are from 2 to 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and at the door one hour prior to show time. To purchase tickets using Visa, MasterCard or Discover, please call 972-883-2787.
For information about the many musical, arts, theatre, dance and other performances and exhibitions held throughout the year at UTD, please call 972-UTD-ARTS (972-883-2787), e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the School of Arts and Humanities' web site at http://ah.utdallas.edu/ Persons with disabilities needing special accommodations may call 972-883-2982, Texas Relay Operator: 1-800-RELAYVV.
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