Changes mark the WBU theatre season

September 21, 2011

PLAINVIEW – While the Wayland Baptist University theatre season will once again showcase some top literature and outstanding talent on stage, Director of Theatre Dr. Marti Runnels said two big changes will influence the theatre offerings this season. The first change that all patrons need to note is that all shows will start at 7:30 p.m., a half hour earlier than in the past.

“We thought it might make people happy to get home a little earlier,” Runnels said when explaining the reason for the change.

The other major change for the 2011-12 season is that patrons will be able to purchase tickets online. Log on to the Wayland home page at and scroll down to the “purchase tickets” link. Those interested in attending may also make reservations by calling the ticket office at 806-291-1089.

Along with the changes, Runnels has a solid lineup of plays that will offer a little something for everyone this season.

The season opens with Monday After the Miracle by William Gibson, who also wrote The Miracle Worker. Monday After the Miracle picks up the story of Helen Keller a few years later in with Keller as a young woman.  This play, however, focuses not only on the life of Keller, but also on the life of Annie Sullivan who finds her attention diverted by the love of a young man. Monday After the Miracle runs Oct. 6, 7, and 8 with shows at 7:30 p.m., and a 2 p.m. matinee on Oct. 9.

The annual offering of Shorts will take place Nov. 10-12 with shows at 7:30 and a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 13. Shorts XV will once again be a compilation of student directed, 10-minute plays. Shorts XV is a project completely run by students who direct, design and perform a number of short plays. The pieces are generally comedic in nature, but at times there are dramatic pieces as well.

The God of Carnage will take the stage Feb. 24-27 as the Wayland theatre group performs this Tony Award winning comedy. Written by Yasmina Reza, the author who wrote Art, a play staged at Wayland several years ago, The God of Carnage strips away civilization’s veneer as two urban, high society couples try to resolve an altercation that occurred between their 11-year-old sons.

“They decide to get together for cocktails and settle this like civilized people,” Runnels said. “They get together and it doesn’t end up civilized at all.”

The God of Carnage will run at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 23-25, then it will open the Christian University Theatre Festival hosted by Wayland on Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. Dessert and coffee will be served after the show on Feb. 24.

The final show of the season will change gears dramatically to look at the effects of terrorism on a family. Two Rooms, written by Lee Blessing, is the story of a woman whose husband is taken hostage by terrorists and is being held with no access to the outside world. The play takes place in a room in the couple’s home which the woman has stripped bare so that she may at least symbolically share in his ordeal.

Season tickets are available for $40 or two tickets for $75. Season tickets include dessert following the Feb. 24 showing of The God of Carnage, as well as admission to the Christian University Theatre Festival Feb. 27-29. Regular ticket prices are $8 per show and $13 for the Feb. 24 show. For more information, contact the theatre office at 806-291-1060