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Summer Theatre

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.

Three readings coming up!

Thursday, September 21st, 7:30 PM, Hope Theatre: “Sun Poisoning” by Harrison Sim, directed by Ellen Gillooly-Kress

Sun Poisoning is about a small desert town on the edge of a disastrous fundamental change. This is a new play by Harrison Sim that’s been in development for three years and is receiving its first public reading.

Saturday, September 23rd, 3:00 PM, Hope Theatre: “The Wolves” by Sarah DeLappe, directed by Tricia Rodley

An indoor soccer field somewhere in suburban America. A girls soccer team warms up for their games. DeLappe’s play invites an audience into the stretch circle along with nine young women who navigate big questions while they work toward big wins.

Saturday, September 23rd, 7:30 pm, Hope Theatre: “Men on Boats” by Jaclyn Backhaus, directed by Nelson Barre

Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. Men on Boats is the true(ish) history of an 1869 expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River.

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