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Drama Showcases New Faculty, Plays
Eric DomuretThe University of St. Thomas Fine Arts and Drama Department is proud to announce a new professor and its season of plays for the 2012-2013 year. 

Eric Domuret, an assistant professor of drama, has been a professional actor, director, singer, and fight choreographer having worked with several Shakespeare and theatre companies. He received his bachelor’s degree in acting from Texas Christian University and his Master in Fine Arts in Theatre Directing from Middlesex University in London, England, where his professors included playwright David Edgar and Dame Janet Suzman of the Royal Shakespeare Company.  

“We are excited to debut the directing talent of our new drama faculty member, Eric Domuret,” said Claire McDonald, professor and department chair. 

“We chose this year’s season to challenge and showcase our student actors,” McDonald said. “We are focusing on diverse play styles by 20th century American playwrights.  We have chosen a period play, a children’s classic, a hysterical contemporary comedy and we conclude with a great political drama.” 

Enchanted AprilStarting the season off with a show set in the spring of the 1920s, “Enchanted April” is a romantic comedy about two frustrated London housewives who decide to rent a villa in Italy for a holiday away from their bleak marriages. The women recruit two very different English women to share the cost and the experience. Among the wisteria blossoms and Mediterranean sunshine, all four bloom again and rediscover themselves in ways they could never have expected. 

The play, by Matthew Barber, will be directed by Domuret. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Oct. 11-13, 18-20 and 25-27 in Jones Theatre. Tickets are $5 for UST faculty, staff and students with a valid ID, general students and seniors are $10, general admission is $15. Special ticket prices are available for non-UST audience members who attend during Italian Festival, from Oct. 11-13, and during Family Weekend, on Oct. 19-20. Inquire about special pricing when the reservation is made.

Closing out the fall is “The Velveteen Rabbit,” based on the children’s classic by Margery Williams. This timeless tale of love and sacrifice is revealed through the story of a small, stuffed rabbit given as a gift to a little boy. The tale of a toy rabbit made real through a child’s love is both entertaining and genuinely moving thanks to Scott Davidson’s graceful adaptation of Margery Williams’ poignant children’s classic.

The performance for the young and young-at-heart will be directed by McDonald. Performances are at 10 a.m. on Nov. 8, 13, 15, 20, 27, 29 and Dec. 4 in Jones Hall. Tickets are free for UST faculty, staff and students with a valid ID and $4 for all others.

Coming in the spring are “All in the Timing,” a comedy of wit by David Ives, and the Arthur Miller classic “The Crucible.” Stay tuned for more information or visit department website for more information. 

For reservations and information, call the Fine Arts and Drama Department at 713-525-3520. Jones Theatre is located on the second floor of Jones Hall, 3910 Yoakum Blvd.

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