The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie


The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Oct. 5

The Nevada Conservatory Theatre at UNLV Opens The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Oct. 5

The Nevada Conservatory Theatre at UNLV will present the first production of the Second Season, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, in the Black Box Theatre at UNLV beginning October 5.

Jay Presson Allen wrote the play that is based on Muriel Spark’s 1961 novel. Miss Brodie is a charming, eccentric schoolteacher at a private Edinburgh school in the 1930s. Her unorthodox teaching methods ignore the school’s curriculum, and idealize art, passion and daring. There is partial nudity in this production and it is recommended for mature adults.

The novel first appeared in the New Yorker before being published in 1961. Allen wrote the play in 1969. Vanessa Redgrave portrayed Miss Brodie in the play; and Maggie Smith in the film, for which she won an Academy Award. It was later made into a television series.

Mandy Peters directs the production, which features Charlene Sher in the role of Miss Jean Brodie. The students, or the “Brodie Set, include Danielle DeStefano as Sandy, Rebecca Reyes as Monica, Amanda Kraft as Jenny, and Bridget Prieto as Mary. Others in the cast are Elisabeth Bokhoven, Brooks Asher, Michael Tylo, Gloria Hoffman, Kim Kelly, Mary Catania, Brittany Gray, Kayla Ibarra, Rachel Lanyi, Phoenix Toliver and Melanie Turner, and Sean Moulson.

Scene design is by guest artist Thom Bumblauskas, with costume design by Katrina Hertfelder and lighting by Jamie Lofthouse.

After the performance on Thursday, October 11, there will be a discussion about the play with the actors and members of the production staff.

Performances are in the Black Box Theatre October 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, and 13 at 8 p.m. with matinees at 2 p.m. October 6, 7, 13 and 14. Tickets are $15 general admission; $13 for students, seniors, and military; and on sale at the Performing Arts Center Box Office. 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:

Oct 5, 8 pm, Black Box Theatre
Oct 6, 2 pm and 8 pm, Black Box Theatre
Oct 7, 2 pm, Black Box Theatre
Oct 10, 2 pm, Black Box Theatre
Oct 11, 8 pm, Black Box Theatre
Oct 12, 8 pm, Black Box Theatre
Oct 13, 2 pm and 8 pm, Black Box Theatre
Oct 14, 2 pm, Black Box Theatre

Tickets $10, call 702-895-2787. More info on tickets, directions etc.: Performing Arts Center, UNLV


Reviews

"The only performer who escapes Peters' overscaled concept is Michael Tylo, who manages to make the painter Teddy Lloyd a living, breathing romantic cad who's been made a little nuts with his desire for Brodie." -Las Vegas ReviewJournal

"Michael Tylo (the other Equity actor) portrays Teddy Lloyd, the dashing but somewhat seedy art teacher who dallies with one of Brodie's lasses -- but not the one Brodie subtly designated as her surrogate in his bed, marking the start of the dominoes falling against Brodie. Lloyd may be smitten -- every portrait he paints resembles Brodie -- but his self-awareness is a bracing slap to Brodie's superior airs, as when he tells her she's nothing more than a "cranky schoolmarm." Knowing he's a second-rate talent, Tylo's Lloyd has struck a compromise between idealism and practicality, and there's a weary, resigned charm to his observation that 'I live in terror of further enlightenment.'" -Las Vegas CityLife


Photos

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