When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds, Casey and Aaron’s inner critics take on a life of their own as supportive best friends, manipulative exes, and protective parents sing and dance them through icebreakers, appetizers, and potential conversational land mines.
Can this couple turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives? Find out in University Theatre’s production of “First Date,” to be presented July 28 – Aug. 7 in the Department of Theatre and Drama’s Ronald E. Mitchell Theatre.
Directed by Ross Shenker — the music director for University Theatre’s recent hit production of “Heathers” — the show will feature the talents of Danielle Bullock, Christian Michael Brenny, Bree Bylak, Annika Hauser, Liam McCarthy, Malcolm McCanles, and Alegra Waverley. Eric Sayre is the music director for the production, with scenic design by Juliana Gessner assisted by Elise Picard, costume design by Shannon Heibler, lighting design by Conor Wiedenbeck, and sound design by Isabel White.
Other contributors include Heron Splinter as sound engineer, technical direction by Rob Wagner, lighting and sound supervision by Ryan Bertelson, and properties direction by Kaya Sarajian. Aleph Dankert is the stage manager, assisted by Gwen Fraser and Xinyuan Wu.
Tickets are now available at artsticketing.wisc.edu or by calling 608-265-2787. Use the promo code AWKWARD when ordering to get two tickets for the price of one!
This production is made possible through generous support from the Brittingham Trust and the Anonymous Block Grant.
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Content Warning: This production contains adult language and content and simulated smoking.