Come Back, Little Sheba


'Come Back, Little Sheba' Opens at UNLV Feb. 8

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
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Nevada Conservatory Theatre's production of William Inge's Come Back, Little Sheba opens February 8 in the Judy Bayley Theatre at UNLV. The play originally opened on Broadway in 1950.

"Doc and Lola Delaney, struggling through a stale marriage of 25 years, find their uneasy relationship threatened when a young art student rents a room in their home. The play was considered controversial in its day because it focused on subjects that were not discussed in public in the 50s such as sexuality, pregnancy out of wedlock, and alcoholism," explain press notes.

Susan Denaker plays the role of Lola. Michael Tylo, artist-in-residence at UNLV, plays Doc. Come Back, Little Sheba is directed by College of Fine Arts Dean Jeffrey Koep and also features Phil Hubbard, along with Savannah Smith-Thomas, Douglas Milliron, Val Kolar, Katie Mazzola, LeBrandon Shead, Robert Burgess, Rob Batusch, Kyle Van Son and Dean Gronemeier.

Lighting is by Brackley Frayer, with costumes by Jessica Culpepper. Guest artist Richard Isackes designs the set.

Performances are February 8, 9, 14, 15 & 16, 2008 at 8PM with matinees February 10 & 17 at 2PM.

Tickets are $30, $25 and $20 and on sale at the Performing Arts Center Box Office located in the southeast corner of the parking garage on Cottage Grove. Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The box office may be reached by calling 895-ARTS (2787).


Performances

Dates of performance:

Feb 8, 8 pm, Judy Bayley Theatre
Feb 9, 8 pm, Judy Bayley Theatre
Feb 10, 2 pm, Judy Bayley Theatre
Feb 14, 8 pm, Judy Bayley Theatre
Feb 15, 8 pm, Judy Bayley Theatre
Feb 16, 8 pm, Judy Bayley Theatre
Feb 17, 2 pm, Judy Bayley Theatre

Info on tickets, directions etc.: Performing Arts Center, UNLV or call 702-895-2787.


William Inge's "Come Back, Little Sheba" opens Feb. 8 at UNLV

Nevada Conservatory Theatre’s production of William Inge’s Come Back, Little Sheba opens February 8 in the Judy Bayley Theatre at UNLV. The play originally opened on Broadway in 1950.

Doc and Lola Delaney, struggling through a stale marriage of 25 years, find their uneasy relationship threatened when a young art student rents a room in their home. The play was considered controversial in its day because it focused on subjects that were not discussed in public in the 50s such as sexuality, pregnancy out of wedlock, and alcoholism.

Equity actress Susan Denaker plays the role of Lola. At the Cygnet Theatre in San Diego she played Beatrice in A View From the Bridge which won her a Theatre Critic’s Circle Award. At the La Jolla Playhouse she played Miss Lucy in Sweet Bird of Youth and Mrs. Soames in Our Town. Her London credits include Laura Cram in Holiday at London’s Old Vic, Maria Feletti in Accidental Death of an Anarchist at Eyndham’s Theatre, Rosina in Country Life at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. She currently lives in Los Angeles where she records audio books for Random House when not performing.

Equity actor Michael Tylo, artist-in–residence at UNLV, plays Doc. Tylo was recently seen in the NCT production The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie where he played Teddy Lloyd.

Guest artist Richard Isackes designs the set. He has twice been the recipient of the Boston Circle Critics Award for best scene design for his productions of Translations and Uncle Vanya at Boston’s Huntington Theatre.

Come Back, Little Sheba is directed by College of Fine Arts Dean Jeffrey Koep and also features equity actor Phil Hubbard, along with Savannah Smith-Thomas, Douglas Milliron, Val Kolar, Katie Mazzola, LeBrandon Shead, Robert Burgess, Rob Batusch, Kyle Van Son and Dean Gronemeier.

Lighting is by Brackley Frayer, with costumes by Jessica Culpepper

Performances are February 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 2008 at 8 p.m. with matinees February 10 and 17 at

2 p.m. Tickets are $30, $25 and $20 and on sale at the Performing Arts Center Box Office located in the southeast corner of the parking garage on Cottage Grove. Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The box office may be reached by calling 895-ARTS (2787).


'Sheba' a story about redemption

By Amanda Llewellyn
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Play takes place in 1950s, but director says themes still are relevant today

Some themes are timeless.

The Nevada Conservatory Theatre's production of "Come Back, Little Sheba," playing at UNLV's Judy Bayley Theater through Sunday, is a play about redemption.

According to director Jeff Koep, human beings seem to struggle with the same issues and vices in every era. That is what makes the human experience so universal and transcendent, he said.

"Our play is set in the early 1950s, but the issues that affected people then are still affecting people today," Koep said. "Some themes will always be relevant. The story doesn't change. Only the people do."

Audience members are introduced to Doc and Lola Delaney, two characters who have made life decisions based on the crush of moral obligation during that time period.

"Doc and Lola have struggled through a decaying marriage for 25 years," Koep said. "The nature of their existence as a couple is called into question when a college coed rents a room in their home. Some of the issues taken on by this play made it very controversial for its time."

The topics addressed include alcoholism, teen pregnancy and sexuality, social issues that were not spoken about openly in the '50s; a truth that, according to Koep, taught later generations how to better deal with them.

"I think that there's a lesson as you watch Doc and Lola struggle with their past ... she got pregnant and they married, but somewhere along the way lost their child ... but they never talk about anything," Koep said. "Doc is an alcoholic, and there's no communication between the two. I think the key message is to face your problems. Don't pretend they don't exist. That was a common practice during that time and still is for some people."

Koep said the couple's overall path and struggle is defined by their inability to relinquish the past.

"Lola keeps calling for a dog named Sheba that disappeared a year prior," Koep said. "She knows the dog is gone but she continues to look for it and long for its homecoming. It's a metaphor for the longing that so many of us have for things gone that will never return."

Michael Tylo, who plays Doc, believes that the play ultimately teaches people that no matter what the situation, there's hope if you're willing to seek it out.

"Doc is the kind of guy who can't move out of the past because he believes he has no future," Tylo said. "But we hope to see him turn around and redeem himself. I think that audiences will be happy with the character's evolution and perhaps even see their own lives reflected in certain situations."

"Come Back, Little Sheba," will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. The Judy Bayley Theater is on the campus at UNLV, 4505 Maryland Parkway.

Tickets cost between $20 and $35 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office. For more information, call 895-2787.


Photos

Michael Tylo as Duke of Norfolk in A Man For All Seasons in 2005 Michael Tylo as Duke of Norfolk in A Man For All Seasons in 2005