The Way They Shine Opens Feb. 15 at UT Dallas

Play Is Directed by Raphael Parry

February 2, 2007

The University of Texas at Dallas will present The Way They Shine, a play written by Erik Ehn and directed by Raphael Parry, artistic director for Shakespeare Dallas, Feb. 15-17 and 22-24 in the University Theatre.  All performances begin at 8 p.m.

In the play, “Merle Haggard,” the “Ram” and a few five-pound fairies try to restore order after the executioner for the State of Texas walks off his job.  The production, which combines music and video with live acting, features original music by UT Dallas faculty member Mary Medrick and her husband, Michael Medrick. 

Parry promises audiences will “enjoy the sights and sounds of a metaphysical journey, from the border of Mexico to the State Fair of Texas and all points geographic and emotional in between.”

As an actor and director, Parry has worked in the Dallas theatrical community for more than 20 years.  He is co-founder and former artistic director of Undermain Theatre, and has performed with many theatres in the area, including the Dallas Theater Center, Kitchen Dog and the Pocket Sandwich Theatre.  Currently, he is in his sixth season as artistic director for the Shakespeare Dallas.    

The Way They Shine is produced in cooperation with Project X, a Dallas-based theater group that presents traditional, cultural art forms and artistic explorations in an urban center for art and learning. 

Tickets for the show are $15 for general admission and free at the door to UT Dallas students with a valid identification.  Ticket office hours for advance purchase are from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  To purchase tickets using Visa, MasterCard or Discover, please call 972-883-2552.

Additional information about the event is at

For information about the many musical, arts, theatre, dance and other performances and exhibitions held throughout the year at UT Dallas, please call 972-UTD-ARTS (972-883-2787), e-mail [email protected], or visit the School of Arts and Humanities’ Web site at  Persons with disabilities needing special accommodations may call 972-883-2982, Texas Relay Operator: 1-800-RELAYVV.

About UT Dallas

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor®, enrolls more than 14,500 students.  The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores.  The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs.  For additional information about UT Dallas, please visit the university’s website at

Contact Kristi Barrus, UTD, (972) 883-2972, [email protected]

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April 23, 2018