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FTT season opens with "Spurt of Blood"

Author: Arts and Letters


The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) opens its 2008-09 season with Antonin Artaud’s absurdist drama “Spurt of Blood” Sept. 23 to 26 (Tuesday to Friday) at 7:30p.m., and Sept. 28 (Sunday) at 2:30p.m., in the Philbin Studio Theatre of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

Ticket information is available at the performing arts center box office or by calling 574-631-2800 or at on the Web.

The remaining plays in the FTT season are:

* “The Dispute,” by Pierre Marivaux, Nov. 11 to 16, 7:30p.m., Decio Mainstage Theatre, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Directed by Siiri Scott, FTT associate professional specialist.

* “Guernica,” by Yannis Limtsioulis, Feb. 24 to March 1, 7:30p.m., Philbin Studio Theatre, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Directed by Anton Juan, FTT professor.

* “Our Town,” by Thorton Wilder, March 31 to April 5 at 7:30p.m., Decio Mainstage Theatre. Directed by Jay Paul Skelton, FTT assistant professor.

* “Much Ado About Nothing,” by William Shakespeare, Jan. 28 to 30 at 7:30p.m., Washington Hall. Performed by Actors From The London Stage.

“Spurt of Blood,” a fantastical drama in the surrealistic proto-absurdist theater genre, is an experimental studio production of a play regarded as unstageable until 40 years after it was written. It uses a recent translation by Notre Dame alumna Krysta Dennis of the original French play “Jet de Sang.”

More information about all performances is available on the Web at .

Contact: Christina Sopczynski, FTT, 574-631-0457,

Originally published by Kathleen McDonnell at on September 18, 2008.