Four lives intertwine over the course of five years in this densely plotted, stinging look at modern love and betrayal (Dramatists Play Service). "CLOSER does not merely hold your attention; it burrows into you." —NY Magazine. "…a brilliant and bracingly adult new play from London…bruising and beautiful, shatteringly funny and devastatingly sad. The play's dialogue has a raw emotionality rarely heard in art or life. It cuts like broken glass…full of bitter, intelligent, unvarnished truth. —Variety. "In its cutting contemporary picture of sexual desire and emotional failure, CLOSER is a brilliantly unusual virtual reality that rings true. " —NY Observer.
This riveting story is UAF graduating Senior Ian Buoncore's directorial thesis work and should not be missed by those who long for theatre that pushes boundaries. Ian was born and raised in Alaska and has been a part of other UAF productions; as assistant director for An Inspector Calls (2014), and also stage manager for The Ash Girl (2015).
Graduating seniors Katrina Kuharich and Mallory Smyth, theatre majors at UAF, star as Alice and Dan, an unlikely couple who meet after an accident on the street. You may remember seeing both of these actors in UAF’s most recent productions Stop Kiss, The Ash Girl and An Inspector Calls. UAF Biology Alumni Brandi Larson stars as Anna, an independent and successful photographer. This is Brandi’s first time performing in a stage production. She is currently pursuing her Theatre degree. UAF Staff and Theatre Alumni Andrew Cassel plays Larry, a sex addicted dermatologist. Andrew has appeared in many UAF productions including The Winter's Tale, How I Learned to Drive, All in the Timing, and many performance outside UAF such Hamlet, The Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, Dinner With Friends, It's A Wonderful Life, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire De Lune and others.
Leading our production team is our set designer, Graduating Senior, Carl Sage.Costumes are designed by UAF’s costume shop manager, Jerene Mosier, whose body of clothing artistry can be seen around Fairbanks and in UAF productions going back to 2008. Lighting design by UAF Professor Kade Mendelowitz (Stop Kiss, Les Miserables) with UAF Staff and Alumni Adam Gillette working as our Technical Director. UAF Film student Richard Atkin is excited to be collaborating with the Theatre program to provide sound design, expanding his work into live theatre.
Closer is presented in the Lee H. Salisbury Theatre in the Fine Arts Complex on the UAF Campus. On-stage seating is limited.
This provocative and edgy performance is intended for mature audiences only.
Friday, February 12, 7:30pm
Saturday, February 13, 7:30pm
Friday, February 19, 7:30pm
Saturday, February 20, 7:30pm
Sunday, February 21, 2pm
Salisbury Theatre, in the Great Hall on UAF's campus
The UAF Student Drama Association presents the 2016 Famous For Fifteen Minutes playwright festival!
February 27, 2016 @ 7:00pm
Free in the Salisbury Theatre on campus.
• Amok Time, Revisited by Michael Shaeffer
Amok Time, Revisited answers the questions: What if Kirk and Spock ended up in a retirement home? Would the new challenges of old age bring these space aces closer together or push them further apart?
• Another Play by Heath Robertson
A guy tries to come up with a plot for a ten minute play, and his friends help him with an unexpected idea.
• Schrödinger’s Flat by Tom Moran
A couple arrive at an apartment-sitting gig to find they've been left them in charge of an ethically dubious science experiment.
• Surface Break by Nate Cole
A husband and wife that have hit a major rough patch in their marriage. They embark on a fishing trip and through his memories he attempts to find answers within himself and his marriage.
• The Shower by Cyndie Warbelow
A daughter with a full time life and job of her own is determined to keep her elderly mother’s life organized and on track with respect to daily chores like showers, meals, and pills. Living nearby her mother and hiring caregivers are two of her tools. Dementia’s toll on her mother makes the task more complex. On one level, the interaction between mother and daughter is frustrating and sad. Take a step back, and at another level we can relax and enjoy the innocence and humor of this elderly woman and her well-meaning daughter. It is a survival mechanism that we will most likely all need at some time in our lives.
• Not Alone by Stefanie Callos
Not Alone is a dark comedy about Alina and Adam, a brother and sister, who are trying to live their everyday life in a world that is about to end. While dealing with a chaotic family dynamic and the impending doom on the world, Alina and Adam have to find a way to stick together.
One night only: Saturday, February 27 at 7:00pm. No admission charged.
April, 2016: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, directed by guest artist Rebecca George.
- Friday, April 15, 7:30pm
- Saturday, April 16, 7:30pm
- Friday, April 22, 7:30pm
- Saturday, April 23 7:30pm
- Sunday, April 24, 2pm
- Please note: tickets held at “will call”, even if paid for, will be released for resale 10 minutes prior to curtain/showtime.
- Unclaimed seats (if you have your tickets, but aren’t at the theatre) 5 minutes prior to curtain may also be resold. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to performances so that we may start on time.