A philosopher once called theater “the mask of convention over the face of society in the mirror of the unknown reflecting the rear-view of the sports car of destiny.” Simplify this theory with today’s theatrical Groupon: for $12, you get one general-admission ticket to see one of two shows broadcast live at the Louise C. Murdock Theatre (up to a $24 value). Choose between the following options:
- The Importance of Being Earnest, presented by Roundabout Theatre Company on Friday, June 10, at 7 p.m.
- The Cherry Orchard, presented by National Theatre Live on Thursday, June 30, at 7 p.m.
The Murdock Theatre is a historic venue dedicated to supporting cultural life and diversity in Wichita through a varied film portfolio. Point your pupils at the theater’s 25' x 16' screen to catch Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring Tony winner Brian Bedford, as it’s broadcast live from the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway, where the spirit of Oscar Wilde is said to roam the streets satirizing hot-dog vendors. Show-goers can also opt to slake their cultural thirst with drama as critically acclaimed director Howard Davies brings Chekov's The Cherry Orchard to life. As they relish the onscreen show, viewers can savor peripheral views of the classic theater's balcony, shuttered windows, original frescoes, and art-deco chandeliers. Recent updates, including a new sound system and state-of-the-art digital projector, produce a high-definition, realistic experience.
Louise C. Murdock Theatre
With its grand reopening in 2005, the Louise C. Murdock Theatre married the technological trappings of a modern cinema to its historic, 80-year-old interior. The theater’s original frescoes and iridescent, art-deco chandelier greet guests as they make their way toward a single 25'x16' screen. Framed by lush red curtains, the digital canvas displays images from a digital projector with high-definition capabilities, accompanied by the boisterous booms of Dolby surround sound. The theater screens a diverse calendar of cinematic fare, including limited-release arthouse films and classic foreign cinema augmented by popcorn and other epicurean goodies from the full concession stand stocked with snacks, alcohol, and more. The Murdock also proudly projects simulcast and prerecorded productions through partnerships with The Metropolitan Opera and the National Theatre, transporting international stage performances to the Murdock without the hassle of getting sandbags through customs.
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