Theatre Department Presents 'You Can't Take It With You'

Alumni, including special guest Jaston Williams, join faculty, staff and students in this comedy about family drama during the Great Depression.


Faculty, students, staff and alumni of the School of Theatre & Dance at Texas Tech University are taking the stage in the fall production of “You Can’t Take It With You,” a family farce written by Moss Hart and George S. Kauffman.

The play is about the Sycamore family, who escapes the gloom of the Great Depression by creating an oasis of passion and pursuits in their home. With hobbies and interests ranging from ballet and baking to painting and puttering, the family is quirky and chaotic. Alice, the sanest and squarest of the bunch, brings home a boy from an affluent family, and the play explores how she justifies her family’s eccentricities.

The cast features many Texas Tech alumni including Kim Ansolabehere, Sylvia Ashby, Richard Privitt and special guest artist Jaston Williams, of "Greater Tuna" fame, as well as graduate and undergraduate students.

“Being back on the stage at the university theatre at Texas Tech is a return to the source, in a way,” Williams said. “I first worked on that stage at the age of 15. It’s good to be home.”

Theatre professor Jonathan Marks is directing the play, which will be on the Maedgen Mainstage Theatre at 2812 12th St. between Boston and Flint avenues. Performances will be 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (Oct. 8-10) and 2 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 11).

Tickets are $18 for the general public and $5 for Texas Tech students with a valid university ID. A limited number of free student rush tickets are available for Texas Tech students. For more information, call the Maedgen Theatre Box Office at (806) 742-3603. Visit the school’s calendar for upcoming events on the mainstage and lab theatres. 

School of Theatre & Dance

Department of Theatre and Dance

Texas Tech's School of Theatre and Dance is part of the College of Visual & Performing Arts. It is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

The university is one of two in Texas to offer all traditional degrees in theatre, and one of only three in the southwest to offer a Ph.D. in Fine Arts.

Students in the School of Theatre and Dance pursue a core curriculum that includes training in the areas of design, acting, directing, dance, stage management, history and playwriting.

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