'Woyzeck' opens new University Theatre season
Contact: Dr. Marian Monta, University Theatre 381-3586 or 383-6387
Posted: 09/29/2001
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The University of Texas-Pan American University Theatre opens its 2001-2002 season Oct. 24-28 with a famous but rarely produced play, "Woyzeck" by Georg Büchner.

Performances will be at the Albert L. Jeffers Theatre in the Communication Arts building. Wednesday through Saturday shows are at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday.

Dr. Etzel Cardena, left, and cast members of "Woyzeck" rehearse for their upcoming performances in late October.

As part of the production, the University will sponsor a panel of guest professors to will discuss various aspects of the play and its author, Georg Büchner. This free symposium is Thursday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the studio theatre and will end before the 8 p.m. performance.

Professor John Bokina of the Department of Political Science will discuss "From Social Criticism to Opera: Büchner and Berg." Professor Etzel Cardeña, Department of Psychology and Anthropology chair and play director, will speak on "The World of Woyzeck: Being paranoid does not mean that they are not out to get you."

Composer Alban Berg turned the original Büchner play into a famous opera, and Dr. Wendell Davis of the Department of Music will discuss "Woyzeck: Musical Expressionism." Dr. Eric Wiley of the University Theatre will talk on "Büchner's Woyzeck: The Writing and Reception of a Literary Gem."

Cardeña selected the play for several reasons, including the fact it is one of the most important and unique plays in the history of theatre, anticipating for about 100 years a number of theatre movements.

"It is also a profound meditation on the mind and motivations of a killer, both a victim and a victimizer," Cardeña said. "Büchner was a physician besides a playwright. In this production, he is emphasizing the point of view of the protagonist and the terrifying world in which he is immersed because Büchner wrote it from the point of view of the mentally tortured man himself.

"It is a fascinating insight into the mind of a killer - how he thinks and why he chooses such an action," Cardeña continued. "As a result, I am doing the play from the point of view of the protagonist -how he sees the events in which he is immersed."

Ticket reservations may be made by calling the UTPA box office at 956/381-3581.

Also, season subscriptions for the main stage season are on sale for $30, and individual reserved seats are available for $10 each. General admission seats are sold at the box office an hour before each show for $5. UTPA students, faculty and staff are free with one guest, and tickets for students and faculty from other colleges and high schools are $3 each.