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'Thrush' to be Performed at Louis Theatre Feb. 1-10

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January 22, 2008 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Eight performances of award-winning Latina playwright Caridad Svich's drama "Thrush" will be presented as part of the Northwestern University Theatre and Interpretation Center's 27th mainstage season.

The winter production will take place at 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, at the Josephine Louis Theatre, 20 Arts Circle Drive, on the University's Evanston campus.

"Thrush," a play with songs, explores the world of the displaced and their ongoing struggle for survival after many 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.

"This play is about always being on the move, always trying to survive in a world where the rules change every day," said Barbara Butts, managing director of Northwestern's Theatre and Interpretation Center. "The next place is the same as the place you have just been because it is not home. Home and comfort are memories that will make you go mad. And yet, you go on searching for home and a way to find comfort."

In addition to writing plays, playwright Svich also is a songwriter, editor and translator. Born in the United States, she is of Cuban, Argentine, Spanish and Croatian descent, and has said, "I have felt in a strange kind of exile even while growing up as an 'American.'"

As a child and adolescent, Svich lived in seven states and made numerous cross-country family road trips to cities in between. As a result, the "nomadic strain" has become a part of her writing vision.

Northwestern University Master of Fine Arts student Jaclyn Biskup will direct the production.

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.

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.

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/season.php>.

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