November 2006 Theatre/Dance CalendarOctober 31, 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 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.
American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) World Premiere, “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.
“The Birthday Party,” 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10; 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12; 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15; 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16; 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17; 8 p.m. Nov. 18; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, Ethel M. Barber Theatre, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter's clever dark comedy is set in a small seedy boarding house at a coastal resort. The house is home to a man, his mentally wayward wife and their boarder -- a strange chap, unkempt and apparently in flight from someone. After an even stranger and threatening man and his menacing, muscle-bound henchman arrive, the boarding house owner's wife decides to celebrate the boarder's birthday. The ensuing celebration pushes the inhabitants of the boarding house over a psychotic precipice that only Pinter -- widely regarded as the United Kingdom's greatest living playwright -- could envision. Single tickets are $20 for the general public; $18 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for full-time students.