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Northwestern University Mime Company to Perform Nov. 30-Dec. 3

The Northwestern University Mime Company -- an animated group of students, graduates and faculty dedicated to the study and practice of the art of mime -- will return to the stage this fall for four performances of humor and drama.

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November 21, 2006 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Northwestern University Mime Company -- an animated group of students, graduates and faculty dedicated to the study and practice of the art of mime -- will return to the stage this fall for four performances of humor and drama.

Directed by Eliot Monaco, a troupe member and adjunct Northwestern theatre faculty member, “An Evening of Mime,” will be presented at 8 p.m. Thursday Nov. 30; 8 p.m. Friday Dec. 1; 8 p.m. Saturday Dec. 2; and 2 p.m. Sunday Dec. 3, at the Josephine Louis Theatre, 20 Arts Circle Drive, on the University's Evanston campus.

“This year we're starting with a blank slate,” said Monaco. “Every actor in the company is also a writer and they are creating works based on their own impulses as artists. I, as director, will encourage and shape their work. When we put on the mask of mime we are erasing features of the face that distinguish one person from another and then drawing the features on again, highlighting the expressive parts of the face for the purpose of communicating what is universal about our experience.”

Since the art of mime is rooted in storytelling, any technique developed is only relevant if it conveys the story the silent actors on stage attempt to tell by using their facial and body movements as instruments to express their message to audiences. The experience becomes personal as each audience plays their own images against the fabric created by the mime.

The Northwestern Mime Company was founded in 1972 and directed by former Northwestern theatre professor Bud Beyer. The troupe has produced many major concert performances that have included a three-week tour of Poland and a month of performances at the international theatre festival in Avignon, France, as well as events in smaller and non-traditional venues. The company also conducts numerous short-term and long-term educational residencies in the art of mime for school children of all ages, adults, special education groups, Chicago area public and private schools, as well as other educational organizations and theatre workshops.

Single tickets for “An Evening of Mime” are $20 for the general public; $18 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for full-time students and children.

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 <www.tic.northwestern.edu> and clicking the TicketWeb icon.