The University of Tampa was originally scheduled to do live, in-theater performances of Richard Wilbur's English verse translation of Molière's Les Femmes Savantes (The Learnéd Ladies) between Thursday, March 26, and Sunday, March 29, but the global pandemic has caused UT to change its plans.
Rather than cancel the production entirely, UT will now offer a virtual production of the play, a staged reading performed remotely by the students from their computers and streamed through Zoom conferencing software on opening night: Thursday, March 26 at 8 p.m. This streamed, virtual performance will be recorded, and the recording will be played during the successive nights of Friday, March 27 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, March 29 at 2 p.m.
"All entire production members are thrilled to be able to stream our performance of The Learnéd Ladies remote and live, thanks to the generosity and support from Dramatists Play Service. For over a month, our student actors, crew and designers worked diligently and skillfully to prepare a traditional live performance before a live attending audience," said Robert Gonzalez, associate professor of speech, theatre and dance and the director of the play. "While streaming with actors performing from their computers is not the ideal venue, nevertheless the students will now be able to share their talents with as wide a virtual audience as possible. Our university is proud to
produce a work of art that will demonstrate that this crisis will not silence or defeat the human spirit."
“The season of recitals, performances, exhibits, screenings, lectures and everything that makes the College of Arts and Letters so vibrant was cut short by the COVID-19 crisis, but the faculty and students are creative, technologically adventurous and resilient, and they know that the show must go on. This is a wonderful example of that," said David Gudelunas, dean of the College of Arts and Letters. “Faculty throughout the College of Arts an