By Andrew Tucker
College of Fine Arts and Communication Media Office
CONWAY — “Lungs,” a smart, funny drama by Duncan MacMillan, will be performed in the Snow Fine Arts Center’s Bridges Larson Theatre on the University of Central Arkansas campus at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, 22 and 28 and March 1. There will also be performances at 2 p.m. Feb. 23 and March 2.
This production, presented by UCA Theatre, will be directed by Rebekah Scallet, producing artistic director of the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre and lecturer in the UCA Theatre Program.
One of the unique challenges in directing “Lungs” is that the author explicitly states that there should be no scenery, props or sound cues in the show.
“He also has written it in such a way that the play jumps through time, from scene to scene, location to location, with nothing but the actors’ language to tell you that something has changed,” Scallet said. “It makes for an interesting challenge — we can’t depend upon the typical tricks of the theatre like set changes, sound cues or even projections to tell people what’s happening — the actors have to do it all.”
“Lungs” is a two-person show that follows a couple through the surprising life cycle of their relationship as they grapple with betrayal, happenstance and the pain that can only be caused by the people you love.
“This show is so intimate, it’s almost like our two characters are experiencing their relationship together with the audience,” said Christopher Millham, a freshman theatre major and an actor in the play. “There are some parts of the show where you see bits of a relationship that a typical couple would hide from the outside world, but the audience sees it all, and because of that, I feel like everyone will grow close with the characters and relate better to them.”
Tickets are $10 per person for the general public. UCA faculty, staff and students may secure two tickets for free with a current UCA I.D. Tickets are available through UCA Ticket Central located in the Reynolds Performance Hall Box Office from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday or by calling (501) 450-3265. The general public may purchase tickets online at uca.edu/tickets.