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The Dean Performing Arts Series

Each semester, the University Honors Center provides opportunities for students to attend local and visiting performances complete with a special academic pre-performance seminar or lecture. Past events include the Austin Lyric Opera’s performance of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, the American Shakespeare Center’s production of The Duchess of Malfi, and Broadway Across America’s presentation of The Lion King.

Availability of tickets is announced via email to the honors community, and tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Dean Performing Arts Series is made possible through the generous support of the L.L. and Ethel E. Dean Endowment.

Next Performance

Doctor Faustus
Texas Union Theatre | Tuesday, February 10, 2015

6:15 PM Pre-performance seminar
7:00 PM Performance

The American Shakespeare Center will end their UT tour with a performance of Christopher Marlowe’s thrilling tragedy Doctor Faustus. Based on the classic German myth, the tale of Doctor Faustus chronicles one academic’s deal with the Devil to gain knowledge and power. Marlowe weaves a shocking and contemporary tale of the struggle between good and evil, championing what is most daring in the human spirit. In his masterpiece that predates almost all of Shakespeare’s plays, Marlowe breathtakingly conjures Helen of Troy, the Seven Deadly Sins, angels, demons, and Lucifer himself, before dragging Faustus to Hell.

Through the sponsorship of The University Honors Center and The L.L. and Ethel E. Dean Endowment the cost for this performance is free to students.

To sign-up for this performance and pre-performance lecture, please visit the University Honors Center (north entrance of Carothers) in person. Spots will be reservation a first-come, first-serve basis. Sign-ups will begin Monday, February 2, 2015 at 9:00 AM and will continue until all spaces are full.

If you have any questions please call the UHC at (512) 471-6524.

Recent Performances

Actors from the London Stage presents: Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing
Actor’s from the London Stage
B. Iden Payne Theater
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Much Ado About Nothing is considered one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies. Audiences delight when Benedick, a cocky solider recently returned from war, and Beatrice, a witty and sharp-tongued lady of Messina, engage in a classic battle of wit. When the two swear that they will never fall in love, their friends set a plan to bring the two of them together.

In addition to the performance, there was a pre-performance seminar by Dr. David Kornhaber of the department of English. Discussion centered on William Shakespeare’s life and plays.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Broadway Across America
Bass Concert Hall at the Texas Performing Arts Center
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the classic love story of Belle, a young woman from a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in the spell of an enchantress. The Beast must learn to love and be loved in order to end the spell and return to his former self, but time is running out…

Our evening began with a special pre-performance talk by MFA candidate and award-nominated musical director Spencer Blank. Our discussion centered on the evolution of the Disney brand and the cultural and societal impacts of the Disney industry.