Upcoming KU Theatre season aims to confront social issues of today

Some of today’s most-discussed current events and social issues — including teen dating violence, riots and feminism — will play a prominent role in Kansas University Theatre’s upcoming season.

The 2015-2016 lineup, which kicks off Oct. 2, aims to serve as “an invitation for discussion and revelation by the community,” according to a KU news release.

Among the highlights is “Johanna: Facing Forward,” based on the real-life story of an Ohio teen who was raped and shot in the face by her abusive ex-boyfriend in 2007. The play, which opens Oct. 16 at KU’s Crafton-Preyer Theatre, will only be produced for the second time and will be directed by playwright Tlaloc Rivas in University Theatre’s production.

“Theatre is, and always has been, a public forum that shapes the character and destiny of all communities — local, national and international,” Dennis Christilles, University Theatre artistic director and associate theater professor, said in the news release. “‘Johanna: Facing Forward’ is a perfect example of how theatre can help shape our cultural conversations as it explores one woman’s struggle to end violence against women.”

The rest of the season includes: “Detroit ’67” by Dominique Morisseau, Oct. 2-8; “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Frank McGuinness, Nov. 14-22; “Reckless” by Craig Lucas, Dec. 4-10; “The Rehearsal & The Hypochondriac” by Molière, adapted by Mechele Leon, Feb. 26-March 6; “Little Women — The Broadway Musical,” April 8-17; and “Welcome to Arroyo’s” by Kristoffer Diaz, April 29-May 5.

Tickets for all available now, and can be purchased at www.kutheatre.com or by calling 864-3982. Season tickets for all seven shows are available for $105.

For more information, including a full schedule of performances, visit www.kutheatre.com.