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February 2008 Theatre/Dance Calendar

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January 22, 2008 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Northwestern University's department of theatre and the Theatre and Interpretation Center will present nine stage productions during the University's 2007-08 Mainstage theatre season that concludes June 1.

The performances will take place in Evanston campus venues, including the Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive; and the Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive; as noted below.

The season's winter productions will include Caridad Svich's drama "Thrush" (Feb. 1-10) at the Louis Theater; George C. Wolfe's "Spunk" (Feb. 15-24), a showcase of African-American speech and life through musical narration, at the Barber Theater; and "DanceWorks 2008" (Feb. 29-March 9), an annual showcase that features the choreography of Northwestern dance faculty, including Billy Siegenfeld and Laura Wade, as well as alumni and guest artists, also at the Louis Theater.

The spring productions include Joseph Robinette's "Charlotte's Web" (April 10-13) at the Barber Theater, a family production directed by University theatre faculty member Lynn Kelso, that also will tour Evanston-area elementary schools; Euripides' Greek tragedy "The Bacchae" (April 25-May 4) at the Louis Theater; and Eric Overmyer's comedy "On The Verge" (May 23-June 1) at the Barber Theater, directed by Northwestern theatre faculty member Cindy Gold.

Single ticket prices for the three winter productions are listed below. 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.

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

THEATRE

"Thrush," 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1; 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3; 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6; 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7; 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8; 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, Louis Theatre. "Thrush," by award-winning Latina playwright Caridad Svich, explores the world of the displaced and their ongoing struggle for survival. After years of violence and war only an echo of the world as they know it remains. These dispossessed individuals are forced to wander a barren landscape, where no one can be trusted and a solitary existence is the best chance for survival. Northwestern's production will be directed by Jaclyn Biskup. Single tickets are $20 for the general public; $18 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for full-time students with IDs.

"Spunk," 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15; 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17; 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20; 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21; 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22; 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, Ethel M. Barber Theatre. "Spunk" is a play by Tony Award-winning playwright and director George C. Wolfe. It is an adaptation of three stories written by Zora Neale Hurston, a celebrated anthropologist and novelist. The production blends dance movement with music and the spoken word to bring Hurston's three stories to life. "Spunk" showcases the rhythms and color of African-American speech and life through musical narration. Single tickets are $25 for the general public; $22 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for full-time students with IDs.

(Editor's note: In honor of author Zora Neale Hurston, and in conjunction with Northwestern's Theatre and Interpretation Center's production of "Spunk" (Feb. 15-24), the University's Theatre and Interpretation Center and Women's Center will honor local women who have overcome adversity in their personal lives and made a difference in the community. The honorees will be chosen by an advisory committee from submitted nominations that are due to Barbara Butts at <b-butts@northwestern.edu> by Monday, Jan. 28. Selected honorees will be recognized during a special pre-show reception and ceremony prior to the 2 p.m. matinee performance of "Spunk" on Sunday, Feb. 17. Nomination forms are available at < http://www.tic.northwestern.edu/season.php>.)


DANCE

"DanceWorks 2008," 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29; 8 p.m. Saturday, March 1; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2; 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 5; 8 p.m. Thursday, March 6; 8 p.m. Friday, March 7; 8 p.m. Saturday, March 8; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9, Louis Theatre. "DanceWorks 2008" is an annual showcase that features the choreography of Northwestern University dance faculty members that will include Billy Siegenfeld and Laura Wade, as well as alumni and guest artists. This year's production will feature a variety of dance styles, including jazz, contemporary, modern, tap and hip-hop and will be directed by Northwestern dance Professor Susan A. Lee. Single tickets are $20 for the general public; $18 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for full-time students and children.