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Theater Emory invites audiences to time travel in 'The Meantime'

Emory Report | Nov. 3, 2015

Theater Emory continues its 2015-2016 season with The Meantime: A Time-Traveling Radio Spectacle, opening Thursday with shows through Nov. 15.

Conceived and created by director Brent Glenn, “The Meantime” is a place of mystery and imagination, where yesteryear meets tomorrowland. This traveling variety show features original text alongside classic radio plays and music, treating audiences to a vaudevillian evening filled with comedy, horror, singing, dancing and romance.

Audiences are invited to step into a world that’s here and there, both past and present, yet not unlike their kitchen or living room. “The Meantime” creates a visual component to shows originally designed only to be heard, providing the cast and crew with the opportunity for creative staging.

“We have focused on maintaining the authenticity of the radio performance, while adding in enough theatrics to offer visual enjoyment as well. It’s definitely a hybrid show,” Glenn explains.

“Why radio shows?” he asks. “Every sound we make creates a wave that is then transduced and amplified to create another wave. These waves roll out into the night like ripples in a stream until they are nothing but a memory of the sound. Maybe we are leaving a trail through time.”

Performances of “The Meantime: A Time-Traveling Radio Spectacle” are Nov. 5-7 and Nov. 12-14 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 8 and Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater of the Dobbs University Center.

Tickets are on sale now from the Arts at Emory Box Office in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Full price tickets are $22, $18 for discount category members, and $6 for Emory students. Tickets are available online at arts.emory.edu/tickets, by phone (404-727-5050) or in person. Discounts are not available online.

For additional information, visit theater.emory.edu.