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Summer SOUP is Heating Up!

Bored and hungry this summer? Join us for our FREE Summer SOUP Theatre performances!

Anton Chekhov’s Vaudevilles: The Proposal and The Bear – July 19-20 / director: Tricia Rodley

July 19th and 20th
7:30 PM, Hope Theatre
Free admission, numbered tickets will be handed out at the door
Seating is first come, first served
Doors open at 7:00 pm

These one-act plays are just two of Anton Chekhov’s vaudeville farces. The Bear originally premiered in Russia in 1888 and The Proposal in 1890. For this Summer SOUP project, our versions are further adapted by the ensemble from translations by Julius West that are in the public domain. We aim to explore comedic aspects of vaudeville as a historical performance style, but also the nuances to be found in Chekhov’s plays.

The Proposal opens on the estate of a wealthy landowner – and widow in our version. Stefaniya Chubukov receives an awkward visit from her neighbor, Ivan Vasilyevich Lomov. It turns out that Lomov has come with a marriage proposalfor Chubukov’s daughter, Natalya Stepanovna. Hopefully, they will stop swooning and arguing about land rights or hunting dogs long enough to arrange this desired match!

The Bear opens on another estate of another wealthy landowner and widow, Yelena Ivanovna Popova. Popova has vowed to mourn her husband for the rest of her days, despite frequent encouragement from her loyal housekeeper – Lucia in our version – to take a little pleasure from life. Into this household comes Grigory Stepanovich Smirnov, trying to collect a debt owed by Popova’s late husband. It remains to be seen how they will bear the unexpected opportunity to exchange more than money!

Appropriate for all ages!

Sun Poisoning– August 23-24 / director: Ellen Gillooly-Kress
A new play by Harrison  Sim, Sun Poisoning is about a small desert town on the edge of a disastrous fundamental change.


Slow Cooker Series – Fall Term Week 1
play readings that preview new work or work in progress
-more info to come on featured plays-

Summer SOUP is theatre by the ​s​eat of ​ou​r ​p​ants.

A SOUP aesthetic means that we encourage ideas to simmer beyond the classroom and outside of the University Theatre season. We choose new plays or projects with opportunities for abbreviated, intense student engagement. We apply practical solutions creatively, with minimal resources. We offer most of the production roles (design, stage management, acting, etc.) to current UO students or recent graduates and provide artistic guidance through faculty direction. Collaboration and outreach are essential to the program. We invite the campus and Eugene community to join us by giving free tickets to everyone. Summer SOUP aims to satisfy artistic hunger in the summer months with a hearty blend of challenging content, ingenuity, communal effort, and theatrical adventure.