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O’Kane Theatre Hits The Boards With Spring Shows


By Sheryl E. Taylor

In case you missed it, or you want to see it,  UHD's  O’Kane Theatre is presenting “Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind: 30 Plays in 60 Minutes” for the fourth consecutive year directed by world-renowned playwright Greg Allen.

The play made its debut on the O’Kane Theatre’s stage in the spring of 2018 and has become an annual tradition at UHD.

“Allen’s play continues to hit stages from Chicago, New York, San Francisco to Norway and France,” said Tim Klein, Associate Professor of Drama and Director of O'Kane Theatre. “The play is about diversity and our students’ stories.”

The play features actors using their own names and speaking from their own personal lives and truths. According to Allen, “We create actual interactive events with the audience through contemporary issues—social, political, dreams—a reflection of our actual lives. And we see what happens. It's not this suspension of disbelief of another place, character or another story written by dead white people. We respond to current events…a living newspaper that is constantly changing with the times."

Bring your lunch and enjoy! “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind: 30 Plays in 60 Minutes” at the O'Kane Theatre’s lunchtime series is 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Feb. 21 – 25 and 7:30 p.m. evening performance on Feb. 26. All performances are free.

The O’Kane Theatre’s final spring production is “The Royale” on April 7 – 15. Look for more details in an upcoming edition of UHD News.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD)—the second largest university in Houston—has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 60,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service, Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.