Murky as Hell, written and directed by Andrea L. Hart, takes audiences through a multi-leveled rehabilitation program, transitioning from an empty wasteland to a sterile training center as her protagonists wrestle with the demons of their past. Presented as part of UTNT (UT New Theatre), this multi-layered narrative structure culminates in an over-the-top fight to the death that draws inspiration from film, wrestling and coliseum battles of the past.
Josiah Thomas Turner’s UTNT (UT New Theatre) script Jinkies! or The Dog Play prolongs the nearly 60-year legacy of our favorite gang of meddling, mystery solving teens. But unlike its predecessors, Turner has revitalized these characters, opening up their identities beyond the images plastered on TV screens and lunchboxes for decades. We delve into the complexities of UTNT’s presentation of Jinkies! or The Dog Play with Turner, director Braxton Rae and members of the cast to better understand the development process and the new life being brought to this classic cartoon.
In the dystopian society of The Tasters, Tasters eat three square meals a day of delicious, gourmet foods, while a hunger crisis wreaks havoc on the world outside their doors. The catch? The food they’re eating could contain a fast-acting poison, which they are employed to detect before the meals are sent to the “Great Leaders” – the ruthless rulers of their society. To playwright Meghan Brown, The Tasters was an exploration of the dangers of complicity. What does it mean that those who protect the order of things are rewarded with delicious food amidst hunger? What power does one individual have against these systems? How do these characters relate to our world today?