University Theatre

University Theatre: A Sense of Purpose

This year we celebrate our 97th anniversary of producing theatre with three widely different mainstage productions – each offered with a unique production style: TRUE WEST (Comedy/Drama) by Sam Shephard, SHOOTING STAR (Romantic Comedy) by Steven Dietz, and LAUNDRY & BOURBON/ LONE STAR (Comedy) by James McLure. These theatre pieces are bound by a simple question: “What is our sense of purpose?”

The desire to identify one’s own purpose in this world perplexed even the ancient Greeks. Socrates, a Greek Philosopher who died in 339 BC, once exclaimed, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” The propositions put forward by these three pieces remain forthright: when we can look at ourselves through the perspectives of others, we can develop true self-awareness — based not on fantasy, denial, and assumption, but on compassion, love, and forgiveness. This season, we use these three unique productions as springboards for our study of a sense of purpose, one derived from an examined life. We hope that you will join us in this investigation as we explore what it means to become self-aware, to develop a sense of purpose, and the perils we risk if we choose to remain inwardly blind.

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, and to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bruce B. Brown
Walton Professor of Theatre

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Professor Bruce Brown
Walton Professor of Theatre
168 Walton Fine Arts Center

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