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October 2006 Theatre/Dance Calendar

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September 26, 2006 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- This fall, Northwestern University will launch its 2006-07 Mainstage theatre season with the world premiere of the American Music Theatre Project's third new musical “Asphalt Beach” (Oct. 27 to Nov. 12) at the Josephine Louis Theatre, 20 Arts Circle Drive.

Performances of Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter's dark comedy “The Birthday Party” (Nov. 10 to 19) will take place at the Ethel M. Barber Theatre, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus.

Northwestern's Mime Troupe will take the stage (Nov. 30 to Dec. 3) at the Louis Theatre.

Following winter break, the musical “Pippin” (Jan. 26 to Feb. 4) will be presented at the Louis Theatre. Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman, a Goodman Theatre Artistic Associate, Lookingglass Theatre ensemble member and Northwestern professor, will direct William Shakespeare's “Cymbeline” (Feb. 9 to 18) at the Barber Theatre.

The Louis Theatre also will be the site of Danceworks 2007 (Feb. 23 to March 4) and Aurand Harris' family play “The Orphan Train” (April 12 to 15). “The Orphan Train” production will travel to Evanston-area middle schools this spring following its Evanston campus run. Caryl Churchill's comedy “Cloud Nine” will be staged at the Barber Theatre (April 20 to 29). The 2006-07 theatre season will conclude at the Louis Theatre with a production of Philip Barry's 1928 romantic comedy “Holiday” (May 11 to 20).

Prices for a Series A or B season subscription to eight shows is $145 for the general public; $130 for seniors 65 and older and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $70 for full-time students and children. A Series C subscription to nine shows is $155 for the general public; $140 for seniors 65 and older and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $80 for full-time students and children. Single tickets go on sale Sept. 22. Single ticket prices for “Asphalt Beach” are indicated below.

For more information or to order single or group tickets by phone, call the Theatre and Interpretation Center Box Office at (847) 491-7282.

Online ticket sales for Mainstage productions also are available through TicketWeb.com by going to the Northwestern University Theatre and Interpretation Center Web site at <http://www.tic.northwestern.edu/tickets.html> and clicking the TicketWeb icon.

OCTOBER 2006

“Asphalt Beach,” 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27; 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29; 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2; 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3; 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5; 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8; 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9; 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10; 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, Josephine Louis Theatre, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. Following the successes of last spring's “WAS” and this summer's performances of “The Boys Are Coming Home,” Northwestern University's American Music Theatre Project's third work will be the world premiere of the hilarious rock musical “Asphalt Beach.” “Asphalt Beach” features music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, book by T. C. Smith and Peter Spears and direction by Amanda Dehnert. The musical is set in Asphalt Beach, N.J., home of “Our Lady of Suppressed Desire Academy for Rambunctious Young Girls,” where a rag-tag band of misfit girls struggle daily to break free from the dominating head mistress, Sister Severia. The adversity leads them to discover that family isn't just something you inherit; it is something you create. The Gilman & Gonzales-Falla Theater Foundation and Louise and Thomas Middleton are the honorary producers of “Asphalt Beach.” Single tickets are $25 for the general public; $22 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for full-time students.

SPECIAL EVENT

Bill Irwin, 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive. The Northwestern University School of Communication will host a free performance by 2006 Hope Abelson Artist-in-Residence and Tony Award winner Bill Irwin. Irwin's work crosses borders and boundaries as an actor, playwright, choreographer, mime and clown. Irwin's one-man performance at Northwestern will showcase his multiple talents. Irwin received a Tony Award for Leading Actor in a Play for his work in the revival of Edward Albee's “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.” Irwin recently starred on Broadway and London's West End opposite Kathleen Turner. Irwin and Turner will perform “Virginia Woolf” in Chicago during Spring 2007. Tickets for his Oct. 9 one-man Evanston campus show are free, but reservations are required. For tickets call the Theatre and Interpretation Center box office at (847) 491-7282.

Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free parking is available after 4 p.m. weekdays and daylong on weekends in the parking structure just east of the Josephine Louis Theatre.

For general questions about the Abelson Artist-in-Residence Program, e-mail ana-davis@northwestern.edu or call (847) 491-3751.