University Theatre takes a ‘Dark Ride’
March 14, 2012Print
Athens, Ga. - The University of Georgia Theatre will perform Len Jenkin's "Dark Ride" March 27 through April 1 at 8 p.m. in the Cellar Theatre of the Fine Arts Building. An additional showing will be held April 1 at 2:30 p.m.
Directed by Scott Higgs, a dramatic media master's degree candidate at UGA, "Dark Ride" is a series of absurdist vignettes loosely tied to a quest myth for the famous Hope Diamond and the cataclysmic losses of family and fortune that befall all those who hold the cursed diamond in their possession. The title of the play refers to the golden age of amusement park funhouses, known as dark rides, and alludes metaphorically to the various unnerving and surprising journeys each of the eclectic assortment of characters undertake, which ultimately lead them all to the same unexpected destination.
"Dark Ride" is produced through the support of the UGA department of theatre and film studies' Interactive Performance Laboratory and incorporates interactive video displayed on a 12-panel video wall.
"The play is tightly written and densely packed with pretty astounding metaphor and offers many opportunities for displays of artistic virtuosity on- and off-stage," Higgs said.
Many critics regard "Dark Ride," originally produced in 1981, as a milestone of postmodern theatre. Describing the original production, the New York Daily News wrote, "Few playwrights have Jenkin's skill at theatrical sleight-of-hand. ... It supplies an ingenuity which cannot fail to stimulate both the theater and the theatergoer."
University Theatre's production of "Dark Ride" is part of its Studio Series, which consists of four plays presented in an intimate and stripped-down format. "Dark Ride" is the final Studio Series show of the 2011-2012 season.
Tickets to "Dark Ride" are $10 for general admission and $7 for students. To purchase tickets, see http://drama.uga.edu/events/boxoffice, call 706/542-4400 or see the Performing Arts Center box office. Tickets also will be available at the door before the show.
For more information on the UGA department of theatre and film studies, see http://drama.uga.edu/.