STUDIO 54 ( The Drama Group)  

Are you yearning for a little DRAMA to pep up your fall schedule? If so, come out to Studio 54 and " live life large!" We meet on the third Thursday of most months, with specific dates to be announced in the UWC Bulletin.

May 2019

On April 25th, Studio 54 held its end of season celebratory lunch and tribute to Shakespeare's birthday. Gathered around the bust of William Shakespeare, as is the annual ritual, the talented members of the group entertained with readings from the Bard. It was truly the highlight of the year.

We meet again in October, when we will read and discuss plays, as well as plan an outing to the theatre during the Master Playwright's Festival. We meet from 1:00 - 3:00 on the 3rd Thursday of most months. Specific dates are announced in the Bulletin.

We are always delighted to welcome both new and returning members to Studio 54. In the meantime, let us hope that "Rough winds do [not] shake the darling buds of May" this year!

March 2019

In February, Studio 54 had the opportunity to enjoy perfor-mances of A Doll's House and A Doll's House, Part 2, at Ibsenfest. We look forward to sharing our impressions of these excellent produc-tions at our next meeting Thursday, March 21, 1:00 - 3:00.

At this meeting, we will also begin choosing our springtime Shakespearean readings on the topic Daring, Duality and Deviousness. A selection of scripts has been prepared by your coordinators and will be available for you at the meeting. Please consid-er bringing your Shakespeare anthology along, too, in order to refer to personal favourites.


February 2019

Studio 54 will not meet in February. Instead, we will be "out to the theatre" for Ibsen's A Doll's House at the Warehouse Theatre between Jan. 31 and Feb. 16. We see A Doll's House, Part II at MTC between Feb. 21 and Mar. 16 - generally on our theatre subscription days. These plays are part of Ibsenfest, this year's Master Play-wright's Festival downtown.

December 2019

We have completed our reading of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House and found that the conflicts in the play regarding marriage and personal fulfillment are still very provocative today. We are looking forward to attending the production of this famous play at The Warehouse Theatre in February.

Our next two meetings will be held on Thursday, Dec. 6 and Thursday, Jan. 17, both from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm. At these meetings, we will read A Doll's House, Part II by Lucas Hnath. Scripts will be provided. This contemporary version of the play speculates about how Nora spent the 15 years since she left home and the reasons for her return. This play will be produced in February at The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. Both plays are part of this year's Master Playwright's Festival, Ibsen Fest.

November 2018

Our first fall meeting will be Thurs. Nov. 15 1:00-3:00

At this meeting, we will continue our reading of the original A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen and our contemplation of Nora's fateful deci-sions regarding her marriage, her children and her personal fulfillment. We will have scripts available for your use.

In December, we will begin considering A Doll's House, Part II and Nora's imagined return home 15 years later. The two plays powerfully portray the main options women continue to have in life.

We look forward to seeing the original play performed at The Warehouse Theatre and Part II at MTC during Ibsenfest in February. Details will be provided at the meeting.

We look forward to having you join us!

October 2018

Our first fall meeting is Thursday, Oct. 18 1:00-3:00. We meet on the third Thursday
of most months, with specific dates announced in the Bulletin.

We will begin our new season by reading and discussing A Doll's House, the iconic play by Henrik Ibsen which presents challenging ideas about marriage and women's role in society. Scripts will be provided at the meeting. This play will be performed at The Warehouse Theatre in February, as part of Ibsenfest. Tickets are almost all gone !

Later in the fall, we will read Lucas Hnath's contemporary sequel, A Doll's House, Part 2, which received 7 Tony Award nominations when it was produced on Broadway last year. We look forward to seeing it here at MTC during Ibsenfest.

Join us for a thought provoking and dramatic time at Studio 54!