Category: Margaret Jonsson Theatre

University of Dallas Drama department presents their seniors directing one-act plays December 2-4. Seniors Elaine Stenson, M. Timothy Maher, and Jessica Fowler are at the helm of three great productions, running through Friday only. To catch all three, you must attend 2 nights. Don’t forget to reserve your tickets!

In the Margaret Jonsson Theatre:

Tim’s show Where the Cross is made by Eugene O’Neill will show at 8pm, followed by a 15 minute intermission. Following the intermission Jessica’s Everyman will start. Expect the shows to run an hour and a half including the intermission.

In the Drama Building:

Catch Elaine’s The Dwarfs in a unique setting. The Dwarfs is the first play located in the Drama Department since their 2007 production of The Haunting, 3 short ghost tales.

For more on the plays’ plots and casts, see the directors’ own description from the UD News.

David Fuentes’ exhibit, Come Right In, and Lauren Kirchner’s CONTEXTUS are on display in the University of Dallas Art Village Upper Gallery through Friday, November 12.  That night there will be a reception from 6:30 to 8:30pm

David Fuentes has struggled with Cerebral Palsy and his collection is his experimentation with his limitations, using both his right (the side affected by the disease) and left hands to create.

Lauren Kirchner’s art literally envelopes you with it’s three-dimensional geometric aspects and bright color.


Read a review of Lauren Kirchner’s CONTEXTUS from Dallas Art News.

Also, with the University of Dallas Fall Main Stage Machinal coming to a close, read what the local critics thought.

Google the artists or Machinal for more local opinions on University of Dallas fine and performing arts.

Stay Tuned for pictures of my favorite pieces.  See it for yourself and let me know, what are your favorites?

Update 11/13/10 These were my favorite works by each artist.  Especially with Kirchner’s work, nothing replaces seeing (or experiencing) it in person.


David Fuentes



Laura Kirchner

Just a reminder…

TWO Shows Premiere Tonight at University of Dallas

Runs Wednesday, Nov. 3-Nov. 13

The University of Dallas Fall Mainstage, Machinal opens tonight at 7pm.  If you didn’t make reservations for this evening, but you still want to attend, arrive at the Margaret Jonsson Theatre Box Office around 6:30pm.  If students do not claim their reservations by 6:45pm, all open seats will be up for grabs.  To make a reservation for another evening call the Drama Department or do so online.

At UD Wednesday, Nov. 3

University of Dallas Campus Ministry and the Church of the Incarnation present Vianney, a live production by a UD dad who is a professional actor, director, and owner of St. Luke Productions.  The performance begins at 7pm and should last until about 8:30pm.  Vianney is asking for an at-will offering, instead of an admission price.  If you can’t make tonight, don’t forget to check out alternate performance dates for the Dallas area.

I don’t know about you, but I’m right in the thick of midterms, quizzes, papers, presentations…you name it. And from an informal poll of my friends in all grades, that seems to be the general sentiment on campus.

In addition to this normal academic stress, those students involved in the University of Dallas fall Main Stage production, Machinal is in the midst of tech week. This controversial play opens Wednesday, November 3rd and cast members, as well as Drama Department employees, are in Haggar University Center outside the cafeteria every day this week selling tickets.

For those students who have never been involved with such a production, this week means hours of rehearsal every night. The director sees to it that his artistic vision comes together, as the sounds blend with the lighting, sets, props, costumes, and over all desired mood.

What that translates to is the actors standing in freeze frame of a given scene while they try to get the lights just right or the sound effect at just the right moment. The one thing I know about any production, especially ones of UD quality, it requires a village to put on.

Support the arts at UD…and mainly your friends, reserve a FREE ticket today by visiting the table in Haggar, calling the Drama Department at 972-721-5314, or fill out the online reservation form.

This semester the Drama Department will be showing the following in the Margaret Jonsson Theatre:

The Senior Drama majors will be presenting their one-act plays (capstone projects):

Everyman by Anonymous
Where the Cross is Made by Eugene O’Neill
The Dwarfs by Harold Pinter

The Fall Mainstage direcected by Kyle Lemieux:

Machinal by Sophie Treadwell

Auditions have passed, but here are some ways to get to get involved this semester:

  • Help build set
  • Learn to operate light or sound board
  • Volunteer Usher
  • Sew for Costumes

*Never used a drill or sewing machine before?  That’s okay!  They’ll teach you.  Offer your time and talent by calling or emailing the Drama Department.

Check back soon for an inside look at senior studios–acting, directing, and designing!