The University of Akron (UA) Theatre program continues its season with “The Skin of Our Teeth” by Thornton Wilder, which opens Thursday, Oct. 26. As the first Mainstage Production of the new theatre program, “The Skin of Our Teeth” features a diverse cast of 18 UA students from various majors at the university.
Written in 1942 in the midst of WWII, the play is a three-part allegory about humanity’s resilience centered around the Antrobus family. Wilder’s Pulitzer prize-winning play incorporates elements of satire, burlesque and interactive theater as it careens from Akron to the Ice Age and beyond. James Slowiak, UA Professor of Theatre and director of the production, says he chose the play because it addresses a wide range of political and social themes, including racism, the refugee crisis, climate change and war. “The Skin of Our Teeth” comments on human survival and ethnocentrism in the face of disaster, natural and man-made.
Performance dates are October 26 through 28 and Nov. 2 through 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 28 and Nov. 4 at 2 p.m., at the Sandefur Theatre in Guzzetta Hall, 157 University Ave. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for UA students. For tickets, email [email protected] or call the ticket office at (330) 972-7895.
For info, visit uakron.edu/dtaa/performances. Akron theatre alumni are encouraged to attend the production on Alumni Night, Oct. 27, where they and a guest will be admitted for the student price of $5. The Nov. 4 matinee will be part of Fall Drama Day, a high school recruitment event.