UNCW Theatre Presents Ubu Rex

UNCW’s Department of Theatre concludes its 2013-2014 season with the production of Ubu Rex, written by David Copelin. Ubu Rex is a close translation of Alfred Jarry’s original work, Ubu Roi, a bizarre and comedic story of the fight for power in Poland. When Pa Ubu is persuaded by his nagging wife to usurp the king of Poland, he finds himself in a battle for the Crown when the former king’s son returns seeking revenge on behalf of his father.

After returning from a trip to Europe, Copelin took it upon himself to create a stage worthy translation of Ubu Roi. Copelin aims to shock modern audiences much as the original play did in 1896, where it opened and closed the same day after riots broke due to the scandalous nature of the play. Three-time award winner for Best Director by the StarNews Media group and UNCW professor, Ed Wagenseller, directs the production of Ubu Rex.

Ubu Rex runs April 3-6 and 10-13 in the Mainstage Theatre in the Cultural Arts Building. Show times are Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 PM, with Sunday Matinees at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $12 for general public, $10 for UNCW staff and faculty, and $5 for students. Contact the Kenan Box Office by calling 910.962.3500 to purchase tickets, or visit www.uncw.edu/arts/box-office.html.

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