The University of Akron (UA) Theatre program continues its 2018-19 season with Maxim Gorky’s The Lower Depths. Directed by guest artist Jimmie Woody, the play features a diverse cast of 16, including UA students and community members.
Performance dates for The Lower Depths are February 28, March 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 at 7:30 P.M. and March 3, 9 at 2:00 P.M. All performances take place in Sandefur Theatre in Guzzetta Hall, 157 University Avenue on The University of Akron campus. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for all students. Tickets can be purchased at thelowerdepthsua.eventbrite.
Written by revolutionary Russian playwright, Maxim Gorky, The Lower Depthsdepicts a group of impoverished individuals living in a homeless shelter. First premiered in Russia in 1902, The Lower Depths explores the dichotomy between the harsh truths of the characters’ reality and the comforting lies that pervade their lives. Most of the characters choose to delude themselves over the bleak reality of their conditions. The UA Theatre production moves the action to New York City circa 1910 and highlights the many different social classes and ethnic tensions of the era. Guest director Jimmie Woody is a Northeast Ohio actor/director who was recently featured in Cleveland Playhouse’s production of Sweat.
The Theatre Arts Program at The University of Akron equips undergraduate and graduate students with a broad knowledge of theatre arts and fundamental practical skills in order to prepare them to address the emerging issues and challenges of the theatre profession and a diverse and vibrant society. The Theatre Arts Program provides high quality educational and artistic experiences that enhance the cultural lives of all students at The University of Akron, as well as the residents of the greater Akron community and the Northeast Ohio region.