Wait Over For The Waiting Room

The 2010-11 Theatre and Dance season opens this week with an award-winning social comedy.



By Jenna Withrow

USF.edu News Writer


TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 21, 2010) – The world is full of stories. And the University of South Florida School of Theatre and Dance is looking to tell a few of them.


The settings and themes of the 2010-11 Theatre and Dance Season stretch across the globe, from China and England to Darfur and Spain. Each of the four theatrical and two dance productions highlights social issues of the present and past.


The season opens Thursday, Sept. 23 with the award-winning comedy The Waiting Room.


The play, by playwright Lisa Loomer, addresses women’s struggle with the notion of beauty and the risks many take in pursuit of it. Set in a modern physician’s waiting room, the two-hour play brings together an 18th century Chinese woman with bound feet, a corseted Victorian woman, and a contemporary American woman. The time-warped women discuss the dangers of plastic surgery, particularly breast implants.


In conjunction with the play, a women’s health symposium will be held following the Sept. 29 performance. The director of the production, Lisa Powers Tricomi, as well as representatives from the USF Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and the PACE (Practical Academic Cultural Education) Center for Girls will discuss the issues of the play and women’s health topics. The audience will be able to ask questions and engage in the discussion.


The Waiting Room will be performed in USF Theatre II from Sept. 23 to Sept. 26 and Sept. 29 to Oct. 3.


The performances 2010-11 Theatre and Dance season feature some of the world’s greatest stories, told through the art of theatre and dance. The upcoming performances will feature something for everyone.


Fall Dance Concert: The concert will feature original choreography by USF faculty members, with classical and contemporary ballet and modern dance performances. Performances will be held in USF Theatre I from Oct. 29 to Oct. 31 and Nov. 4 to Nov. 6.


What the Heart Remembers: The Women and Children of Darfur: A collaborative dance and theatre project written and choreographed by USF Professors Fanni Green and Jeanne Travers, the play deals with the ongoing genocide in Africa. Performances will be held in Theatre II from Nov. 16 to Nov. 21.


Othello: This season’s British International Theatre (BRIT) program will feature two versions of William Shakespeare’s Othello. A highly physical version will be staged by Frantic Assembly, the premiere contemporary British physical theatre company. A more traditional version of the play will be directed by a yet-to-be-named British company. Performances run from Feb. 17 to Feb. 20 and Feb. 23 to Feb. 27 in Theatre 2.


Spring Dance Concert: The concert will be headlined by modern dance legend Doug Varone. Also to be featured is a modern dance performance choreographed by USF Professor John Parks and a contemporary ballet by New York-based choreographer Jessica Lang. The concert runs from April 8 to April 10 and April 14 to April 16 in Theatre I.


Blood Wedding/Bodas de Sangre: The season closes with a tragedy by Spanish poet, dramatist and theatre director Garcia Lorca. The physically intensive interpretation, directed by USF professor Dora Arreola, will be performed in both Spanish and English. Performances will be held in Theatre II from April 14 to April 17 and April 20 to April 23.


Advance tickets for each performance are $8 for students and seniors and $12 for general admission. Day-of-show tickets are $10 for students and seniors and $15 for general admission. Group rates are available.  For information, call the College of The Arts box office at 813-974-2323, or visit online at http://www.arts.usf.edu/.


Jenna Withrow covers student activities and events at USF. She can be reached at 813-974-4014.