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Content Guide

Theatre UCF shows are designed for college-aged and adult audiences and often deal with themes that may not be appropriate for all ages. At the same time, we recognize that younger children may want to see their older sibling’s performances, and therefore leave it up to the parents/guardians to determine if the content is appropriate for their child to watch.

We have based our ratings on the Motion Picture Association of America ratings system. Plays are not movies, however, and no system is perfect. This is only a viewer’s guide, intended to help inform our audiences and not to exclude anyone from seeing a play. In fact, we hope it does the exact opposite! If after reading the below information, you still have questions about the content of a play you wish to see, please call our box office at 407-823-1500

We encourage you to check this information again as the performance dates draw close.The below information has been compiled before the show opens, and content may change during the rehearsal process. We will do our best to update the descriptions as we learn more about each show.

THE LION IN WINTER

Synopsis: Sibling rivalry, adultery and dungeons – Lion in Winter, by James Goldman, is a modern day classic. Comedic in tone, dramatic in action – the play tells the story of the Plantagenet family who are locked in a free for all of competing ambitions to inherit a kingdom. The queen, and wealthiest woman in the world, Eleanor of Aquitaine, has been kept in prison since raising an army against her husband, King Henry II. Let out only for holidays, the play centers around the inner conflicts of the royal family as they fight over both a kingdom, as well as King Henry’s paramour during the Christmas of 1183. As Eleanor says, “every family has its ups and downs,” and this royal family is no exception. (Source: Samuel French)
Language: This production contains some heightened language.
Smoking and Drinking: Characters will be drinking onstage.
Sexual References: This production contains some sexual references.
Violence: There is the threat of violence, but no actual violence occurs onstage.
What audiences is this best suited: Adults and college students.
Rating: If The Lion in Winter were a movie, it would be rated R.

SEMINAR

Synopsis: In Seminar, a provocative comedy from Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck, four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored. The wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this biting Broadway comedy. (Source: Samuel French)
Language: This production contains some adult language.
Smoking and Drinking: No smoking or drinking occurs in this production.
Sexual References: This production contains some sexual references.
Violence: No violence occurs in this production.
What audiences is this best suited: Adults and college students.
Rating: If Seminar were a movie, it would be rated R.

IPHIGENIA AND OTHER DAUGHTERS

Synopsis: This three-play cycle is a modern retelling of the fall of the House of Atreus. It follows the children of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon, siblings who are both players in the family tragedy and victims of it. The cycle of blood and vengeance seems inescapable until the final reunion of a lost sister and brother brings the bloody family saga to its mystical and unlikely end. (Source: Playscripts)
Language: This production contains some sexual innuendos.
Smoking and Drinking: No smoking or drinking occurs in this production.
Sexual References: There are references to female body parts.
Violence: There are references to death, war, blood, guns and other weapons, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and bombs. A knife and blood will be seen on stage and a murder takes place offstage.
What audiences is this best suited: Adults, college students, and high school students.
Rating: If Iphigenia and Other Daughters were a movie, it would be ratedPG-13.

OF THEE I SING

Synopsis: The story follows John P. Wintergreen's campaign for President until his triumphant election on the slogan "Put Love In The White House." As the chairman explains. "What you need for an issue is something that everybody can get excited about and yet something that does not really make any difference." It is decided the candidate shall marry the winner of a beauty contest after proposing to her in every state. Wintergreen, however, falls in love with pretty and demure Mary Turner instead. Interwoven are the comic adventures of Alexander Throttlebottom, the new Vice President seeking recognition. Political and legal complications add to the merriment of the finale where the graybeards of the Supreme Court dance and sing their way through important decisions to one of the most absurd and delightful climaxes seen on Broadway. Revived at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. (Source: Samuel French)
Language: This production contains some racist and misogynist language.
Smoking and Drinking: Characters drink alcohol on stage.
Sexual References: This production contains some sexual innuendos.
Violence: Characters participate in a wrestling match on stage.
What audiences is this best suited: Adults, college students, and high school students under parental guidance.
Rating: If Of Thee I Sing were a movie, it would be rated PG-13.

AN OCTOROON

Synopsis: Judge Peyton is dead and his plantation Terrebonne is in financial ruins. Peyton’s handsome nephew George arrives as heir apparent and quickly falls in love with Zoe, a beautiful octoroon. But the evil overseer M’Closky has other plans—for both Terrebonne and Zoe. In 1859, a famous Irishman wrote this play about slavery in America. Now an American tries to write his own. (Source: Dramatists Play Service)
Language: This production contains a plethora of swear words, including the F-word and racially charged language.
Smoking and Drinking: Characters drink alcohol on stage.
Sexual References: There are no sexual references in this production.
Violence: This production contains graphic violence.
What audiences is this best suited: Adults and college students
Rating: If An Octoroon were a movie, it would be rated R.

PENTECOST

Synopsis: A fresco similar to The Lamentation by Giotto that will revolutionize Western Art if proved to pre date the master's work is unearthed in an abandoned church in Eastern Europe. The discovery causes a dramatic struggle as representatives from the worlds of art history, religion, and politics stake their claims for the ultimate prize. The unexpected arrival of twelve refugees sets events spiralling toward an explosive climax. This powerful play by the Tony Award winning adaptor of Nicholas Nickleby and author of numerous plays won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play of 1995. (Source: Samuel French)
Language: This production contains mild language.
Smoking and Drinking: No smoking or drinking occurs in this production.
Sexual References: This production contains some adult themes and brief nudity.
Violence: Violence, explosions, and gun fire occur in this production.
What audiences is this best suited: Adults, college students.
Rating: If Pentecost were a movie, it would be rated R.

THE DAY BEFORE YESTERDAY

Synopsis: Based around the terrorist attack on the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, The Day Before Yesterday chronicles the lives of three couples over the course of 72 hours, from before the attack when they were strangers living in Paris, Miami, and Brooklyn, to the next morning when they collectively take refuge at a nearby apartment.
Language: This production contains some sexual innuendos.
Smoking and Drinking: No smoking occurs but characters will be drinking on stage.
Sexual References: No physical sex will occur but references are made.
Violence: The bombing is stylized and described. There is a physical fight that breaks out. There is also considerable news footage of the event that seems real.
What audiences is this best suited: Adults, college students
Rating: If The Day Before Yesterday were a movie, it would be rated R.

BENARDA ALBA

Synopsis: A perfect show for a strong female cast, BERNARDA ALBA is a masterwork by Michael John LaChiusa, who has brought us such critically acclaimed hits as THE WILD PARTY and MARIE CHRISTINE. LaChiusa brings a musical voice to Federico Garcia Lorca's final 1936 masterpiece, The House of Bernarda Alba, through pulsing castanets, trilling Spanish guitars and resounding rhythmic stomps. BERNARDA ALBA tells the tales of a powerful matriarch, who imposes a strict rule on her household following her second husband's funeral: 'Not a breath of outside air is going to enter this house. It's going to feel like we've bricked up the doors and windows,' she proclaims. Bernarda's five daughters, however, struggle with her cold wishes. The girls' dreams and desires challenge their mother's harsh rules and the outside world begins to slowly permeate their isolated existence. (Source: R&H Theatricals)
Language: No curse words are used in this production.
Smoking and Drinking: No smoking or drinking occurs in this production.
Sexual References: This production contains some sexual references.
Violence: No violence occurs in this production.
What audiences is this best suited: Adults, college students, and high school students.
Rating: If Bernarda Alba were a movie, it would be rated PG.

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