Summer SOUP is theatre by the seat of our pants.
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.
Summer SOUP is back for 2018! Four projects in four months!
FRIDAY, JUNE 15 at 7:30 PM, Hope Theatre
Summer SOUP hosts New Voices
2 UO playwrights! 2 new plays in progress! 2 play readings on the same night!
SMUDGE by Meg Schenk
In life it’s not always smooth edges and easy transitions, but sometimes puzzles get solved. This group of women in their early 20s navigate the befores-betweens-afters of their shared lives.
JUST A SHACK IN THE WOODS by Connor French
An abandoned shack becomes a get-away for two kids who each need a spot to be alone. They build shared space and friendship from their first unexpected meeting in sixth grade.
Readings will run about 2 hours total with a 10-minute intermission. 13+ recommended for content related to adult relationships and suicide.
FRIDAY/SATURDAY, JULY 20-21 at 7:30 PM, Hope Theatre
WONDROUS STRANGE by Martyna Majok, Meg Miroshnik, Jiehae Park, and Jen Silverman
A collection of short plays by a dynamic group of women playwrights, originally commissioned and premiered for the 2016 Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. How do we reckon with the supernatural, with ghosts and other haunts, with personal loss and living memory? These Kentucky-inspired stories resonate outside of local lore and summon a range of answers – fear, humor, bourbon, journey, retreat, and other wondrously strange revelations.
Run time is 75 minutes, no intermission. 13+ recommended for content related to adult relationships and some otherworldly scenarios.
FRIDAY/SATURDAY, AUGUST 24-25 at 7:30 PM, Hope Theatre
Staged reading of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Music and lyrics by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin, Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Additional Material by Jay Reiss, Originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine.
Originally produced on Broadway by:
David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo
Barrington Stage Company, Second Stage Theatre
An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.
Run time will be posted at a later date. 13+ recommended for content, staged reading.
THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
SEPTEMBER – WEEK of WELCOME
New Voices Returns to Summer SOUP
UO playwrights Connor French and Meg Schenk continue to develop their plays for production in the University Theatre season. Come see new readings and share this work in progress!
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