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April 2007 Theatre Calendar

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March 5, 2007 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- This spring Northwestern University's Theatre and Interpretation Center will feature two Mainstage productions -- “Cloud Nine” (April 20 to 29), Caryl Churchill's comedy on class, sex and race, at the Ethel M. Barber Theatre, as well as “The Orphan Train” (April 12-15), Aurand Harris' inspirational story about the relocation of orphans in the early 20th century, at the Josephine Louis Theatre.

Performances of the 76th Annual Waa-Mu Show, “The Club,” will be held from April 27 to May 6, at Cahn Auditorium.

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.

APRIL 2007 MAINSTAGE THEATRE

“Cloud Nine,” 8 p.m. Friday, April 20; 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21; 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22; 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 25; 8 p.m. Thursday, April 26; 8 p.m. Friday, April 27; 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28; and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29, Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. Male characters portrayed by women, female characters played by men, a dutiful matron who morphs into a vulnerable gay man, a patriarchal husband who becomes a mischievous five-year-old girl -- welcome to the hilarious riff on class, sex and race by Obie Award winning British playwright Caryl Churchill. This provocative and amusing look at colonialism and sexual politics is set in Victorian Africa and contemporary England and boasts one of the most unusual dramatic structures in contemporary theater. Seven actors portray 16 characters in a timeline that spans more than a 100 years, though characters age only 25 years. Single tickets are $25 for the general public; $22 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for full-time students.

“The Orphan Train,” 8 p.m. Thursday, April 12; 8 p.m. Friday, April 13; 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14; 8 p.m. Saturday, April 14; and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15, Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. Set in 1914, Aurand Harris' play is about the efforts of the founder of the Children's Aid Society to send orphans from the urban Northeast to families in the Midwest. From 1854 to 1929, some 150,000 to 400,000 children were relocated. The play focuses on nine orphans aboard a single train who, one by one, tell their stories and share their dreams, anticipation and fears. Follow the inspirational adventure -- each a memorable surprise -- in this charming heart-warmer. This family friendly presentation, for ages 10 to 110 will travel to local middle schools this spring. Single tickets are $20 for the general public; $18 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for full-time students.

2007 WAA-MU SHOW

The 76th Annual Waa-Mu Show, “The Club,” 8 p.m. Friday, April 27; 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28; 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28; 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29; 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 2; 8 p.m. Thursday, May 3; 8 p.m. Friday, May 4; 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5; 8 p.m. Saturday, May 5; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6, Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson Street, Evanston campus. The Waa-Mu Show celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2006. Since its first presentation in the 1928-29 academic year, the Waa-Mu Show has served as an important launching pad for some of Northwestern's most talented performers. Under the direction of Dominic Missimi and the baton of conductor Mallory Thompson, this year's show is called “The Club.” It will feature a subway ride downtown to one of Chicago's hottest entertainment spots and will introduce audiences to the colorful cast of characters who work and frequent this popular warehouse district night spot. Performances will range from comedy and dance to rock bands, a music theatre orchestra, a disc jockey and singing waiters. Single tickets are $27 for all seats (Tier 1); $21 for the general public (Tier 2); $17 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $11 for full-time students.