UT production brings controversial ‘Labyrinth’ to stageWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Controversial material can often test a director’s abilities and creative vision. For Edmund B. Lingan, the University of Toledo’s latest show is both a nightmare and a dream come true. The highly anticipated production of Fernando Arrabal’s “The Labyrinth” is set to open in the Center Theatre of the university’s Center for Performing Arts on Nov. 12.
“I’ve wanted to direct this play for something like 17 years. Arrabal blends comedy and terror like nobody else; there are moments in the piece that feel like farce and others that feel like nightmares,” Lingan said. “The labyrinth can be any system — political, social, educational, religious, etc. — that operates with more concern for control and order than for human needs. On some level, everyone can identify with Etienne’s predicament, though the hardest aspect of working on the production was working with the actors and getting them to feel natural dealing with the play.”
“The Labyrinth” features Terri Mims, Pat Miller, Michael Cochran, Christopher Douglas and Marshall Kupresanin. The set, designed by UT theater major Frankie Teuber, will also operate as a projection surface for video, designed by UT film major Meg Sciarini. The soundscape was created by UT assistant professor of music Jonathan Ovalle in conjunction with sound designer Sal Simione, a theater major.
Lingan joined UT as an assistant professor in theater in 2007. He previously served as the managing director of Brooklyn’s One Arm Red, as the production and literary dramaturge for the Looking Glass Theatre in New York City, and as the assistant to the director of programs at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, also in New York City. He is the founder and director of the emerging Institute for the Study of Performance and Spirituality (ISPS) and the editor of the ISPS online, peer-reviewed journal, Performance and Spirituality.
“I look for material that puts pictures in my head; I wanted to create a design for the production that is both entertaining and visually dynamic. Beyond all the intellectual mumbo jumbo though, the play is just fun,” Lingan said.
Arrabal is one of Spain’s most famed playwrights and a noted filmmaker, screenwriter, novelist and poet. His work has won various awards and honors the world over. He co-founded the Panic Movement in 1962.
“The Labyrinth” runs Nov. 12-14 and 17-21. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $13 for general admission, $11 for faculty/staff/alumni/seniors and $9 for students.
For more information, call (419) 530-2375 or visit www.utoledo.edu/boxoffice.