Graffit-e February 2010

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 Medoff Plays Commissioned »


Cynthia Wodd Mitchell

 Resolutions & Remembrance »



 Honors College Gets Creative »



 In the Community »



 Writers Wanted »



 On Stage »


UH Commissions Medoff Plays

Mark Medoff

Tony Award-winning playwright Mark Medoff has been commissioned by the University of Houston to write five new plays for the School of Theatre & Dance.

Medoff, best known for the 1980’s blockbuster "Children of Lesser God", is creating five works which will one day become platforms for theatre students to hone their acting and production skills. The School of Theatre & Dance is currently seeking funding for this project.

The working titles include: "The Boomer Quartet", "Big Fella", "Boomer", "The Critic", "Prof Deboom", and “The Changing Women," the later involves his "Children of a Lesser God" muse Phyllis Frelich.

But playwright is not Medoff’s only role with the UH Theatre department, he is also the mentor and moderator of The New Play Festival.

Every other spring semester, a small group of playwriting students present staged readings of their original one-act plays. The New Play Festival gives students the opportunity to learn how to workshop a play from script to stage with lectures, exercises and special presentations lead by Medoff.

Visit the School of Theatre & Dance website for more information.


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Resolutions & Remembrance

UHS Board Approves Resolutions in Remembrance of Mosbacher, Mitchell

On Tuesday, Feb. 16, the University of Houston System Board of Regents paid tribute to Cynthia Woods Mitchell and Robert A. Mosbacher with two resolutions in remembrance and appreciation.


Mosbacher (1927 – 2010) was an American businessman and Republican politician and received an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Houston in 1989. Mosbacher was recognized by the board for his generously and selflessness. Among the surviving family is his wife and UHS regent Micah Mosbacher.


Mitchell (1922- 2009) was known for her support for community causes, particularly the arts. Through a $20 million gift to UH, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts was created.

The regents' resolution acknowledged Mitchell's commitment to creativity and its impact on audiences and artists. The resolution states: "Cynthia Woods Mitchell was  benefactor of innumerable organizations locally and nationally, highlighted by her many contributions to the University of Houston, including the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, the School of Theatre & Dance and the Texas Music Festival at the Moores School of Music."

Read full press release and complete drafts of the resolutions on the UH website.

The Houston Symphony is scheduled to play a special concert celebrating Mitchell's life on April 29 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands.

In Remembrance

Moores School of Music Society Trustee, Ann B. Sakowitz passed away on Jan 18th 2010. The Sakowitz family specialty stores were Houston fixtures for decades, selling apparel, fine fabrics, china, silver, fine food and wines.

Mrs. Sakowitz served as a trustee of the Moores School of Music Society for more than 10 years and was recently honored as one of the school’s first Trustee Emeriti.

Mrs. Sakowitz was known by many for her quick and infectious smile, seemingly boundless energy, and her love of life and people. She agreed that the clichéd phrase “not always correct but rarely in doubt” applied to her. Although consummately diplomatic socially, one could always count on her to “tell it like it was.”

In addition to her two children, she is survived by eight grandchildren and three great- grandchildren.

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Honors College Gets Creative

Students form the Honors College are more than just perfect GPAs upsetting the curve, they're making good use of the right sides of those high achieving minds too. The Center for Creative Work (CCW) from the UH Honors College offers courses and programs designed for Honors students interested in a critical and interdisciplinary arts environment. Directed by John Harvey ( Honors College instructor and Creative Writing alumnus), the center provides workshops, directed studies, art outings, retreats, and signature events such as the Dionysia that bring together great books and creative minds.

Each Spring CCW produces and performs an original translation of Greek tragedy or comedy during the traditional festival time for the Athenian City Dionysia. This year the Dionysia will perform Sophocles' Electra in a new translation, with a scholar’s discussion following the performance.

The performances will be in the Wortham Theater on March 26-28. Learn more on the CWW webpage.

CLASS in the Community

The Fairy Godmother Project

Logo Fairy Godmother Project

The Women's Resource Center and CLASS have teamed up with local outreach organization, The Fairy Godmother Project, to collect prom dresses for area disadvantaged students.

Share the flyer with your friends!

We will be collecting donations from February 22 to March 25. We're asking for prom or after five dresses, evening shoes, handbags, jewelry and new or gently-used makeup.

Donation stations will be located at the Women's Resource Center (279A UC) and the Office of Educational Technology (333 McElhiney). More stations will be available during various campus activities.

The big shopping day for students will be March 27, 2010 from 1pm-6pm at DEFINE Body & Mind at 5781 San Felipe St. in Houston. Donations can also be dropped off at this location, just tell 'em UH CLASS sent you.

Communication major and Graffit-e reporter Sasha Schwendenwein created a special promo for this community outreach initiative, watch it on YouTube.

Help For Haiti

Do you want to help the people of Haiti, but you don't know where to go? Here are a few helpful links to well-trusted organization ready to accept your donations.

Red Coss logo   Logo Oxfam   Logo Doctors without Borders

If you get the chance to contribute to the relief effort within the next few weeks, that's great! But the opportunity to help will be available for months to come. So if you can't help now consider book marking one of the sites above for future use.

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Writers Wanted

Man Writing

The Department of English and the Creative Writing Program are seeking writers for two upcoming programs.

English Houston Writing Fellows

The Department of English is now accepting applications for Houston Writing Fellowships. The Houston Writing Fellows Program is part of the Department’s commitment to writing pedagogy and practice, and to advanced work in the field of Rhetoric and Composition. These competitive fellowships are modeled on postdoctoral teaching fellowships.

Review of applications will begin March 1, 2010 and continue until positions are filled. The program is scheduled to commence in August. Learn more at the English website.

Gulf Coast Contests

The Gulf Coast Magazine announces the 2010 Gulf Coast Contests, awarding publication and $1,000 each in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction. Honorable mentions in each category will receive a $250 second prize.

Doty        Nissen        Biss

Mark Doty (English) will judge the contest in poetry, Thisbe Nissen will judge in fiction, and Eula Biss will judge in nonfiction.

Postmark/Online Entry deadline: March 1, 2010. Winners and Honorable Mentions will be announced in May.

To learn more, visit the Gulf Coast website.

On Stage

The Spring 2010 season of the School of Theatre & Dance and the Rebecca and John J. Moores School of Music boasts an interesting line up comprised of productions with polygamists, flirting students, troublesome vixens, supernatural comedy and a womanizing false prophet.

School of Theatre and Dance

Feb. 26 - March 7
Big Love by Charles Mee; directed by Leslie Swackhamer. Not to be confused with the HBO series about sister wives in Utah. This spectacular, inspiring production tells the story of 50 brides who flee to an Italian villa to escape their arranged marriages. Inspired by Aeschylus’ The Suppliant Woman, and fused with Mee’s bold and visceral theatricality, Big Love is a wild celebration of the transcendent power of love and human connection through song, dance, and an unforgettable throw down.


April 16 - 25
Dangerous Liaisons by Christopher Hampton; directed by Samuel Sparks. In pre-Revolutionary France, an elegant temptress and her ex-lover conspire to corrupt a recently married woman. When bets are made, intrigue and seductive games follow close behind. This elaborately costumed play brings us through passion, cruelty, innocence and revenge.

April 30 - May 2
Spring Dance Concert; produced by the UH Center for Choreography. Dance aficionados look forward to this annual show featuring contemporary works by faculty and guest artists that is set on the pre-professional dance company, the UH Dance Ensemble.


Logo Opera

All operas are performed in the Moores Opera House. Tickets are $15 and $10 for students and seniors. A season pass covering all four operas is available for $45. Get more information by visiting the Opera House box office.

April 9 - 12: Elmer Gantry: A New American Opera (HOUSTON PREMIERE) with music by Robert Aldridge and libretto by Hershcel Garfein.
Sinclair Lewis' classic novel has found a new life on the opera stage. Elmer Gantry follows the titular character’s rise from womanizing college athlete into superstar - and still womanizing - evangelist. Upon its 2007 debut in Nashville, critics praised Gantry as an American classic. 7:30 p.m., April 9, 10, 12; 2 p.m., April 11.


All programs are subject to change. You can get updated information on the Moores events calendar page. Unless otherwise indicated, all performances are open seating at the Moores Opera House, and performed by Moores faculty. Call the Moores Concert Information and Ticket Line at 713-743-3313.

Single ticket prices:
             $10 general admission
             $7 UH faculty, staff, and alumni
              $5 patrons over age 55 and students with a valid ID

Season subscriptions:

              $70 general admission
              $60 UH alumni
              $50 patrons over age 55 and students with a valid ID
              $40 UH faculty and staff

Moores Fall Concert Calendar


Friday, February 26, 7 pm
Moores Society “I Got Rhythm” Gala
Franz Anton Krager, conductor
Works by Gershwin, Nelson
Hyatt Regency Houston
Tickets start at $500.
Proceeds benefit scholarships and special projects. Black tie.

Saturday, February 27, 7:30 pm RS $15/10
Works by Nelson, Tchaikovsky, Mozart

Sunday, February 28, 3 pm Free
Organ Recital Hall

Sunday, February 28, 4 pm
COLLEGIUM MUSICUM with Ars Lyrica Houston
Matthew Dirst, director
Charpentier: Les Plaisirs de Versailles
Rienzi, Museum of Fine Arts Houston
1406 Kirby Drive, Houston
Info: 713-639-7800
Co-sponsored by Rienzi/MFAH, Texan-French Alliance for the Arts


Monday, March 1, 5 pm Free
Organ Recital Hall

Friday, March 5, 7:30 pm $10/5
David Bertman, director
Including works by Flagello, Rosner, Vaughan Williams, King

Saturday, March 6, 12 pm
with Ars Lyrica Houston
Matthew Dirst, director
Charpentier: Les Plaisirs de Versailles
Edythe Bates Old Grand Organ and Recital Hall, Rice University
6100 Main Street, Houston Info: 713-348-8000
Co-sponsored by Society for 17th-Centruy Music, Texan-French Alliance for the Arts

Monday, March 8, 7:30 pm $10/5
Something Old, Something New
Kelly J. Turner, Kevin Klotz, conductors
Including works by Mozart, Hopkins, Estevez, Patriquin

Tuesday, March 9, 7:30 pm $10/5
Songs of Love and Passion
Betsy Cook Weber, Kelly J. Turner, Adrian Rodriguez, conductors
Including works by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schumann, Clark

Tuesday, March 23, 7:30 pm $10/5
Music of Brian Suits
Dudley Recital Hall

Sunday, March 28, 4 pm Free
Dudley Recital Hall

* Guest Artist/Group
** Alumnae/Alumnus
RS Reserved Seating

View the full calendar of events on the MSM website.

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