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April 2008 Theatre/Dance Calendar

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March 11, 2008 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Northwestern University's department of theatre and the Theatre and Interpretation Center are presenting nine stage productions during the 2007-08 Mainstage theatre season.

Performances will take place as noted below in Evanston campus venues, including the Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive; the Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive; and the Hal and Martha Hyer-Wallis Theater and the Mussetter-Struble Theater, both located in the Theatre and Interpretation Center, 1949 Campus Drive.

April's family production of Joseph Robinette's "Charlotte's Web" (April 10 to 13) at the Barber Theater will be directed by University theatre faculty member Lynn Kelso. The play is an adaptation of E.B. White's popular children's book. Following its run at the Barber Theatre, the production will tour Evanston-area elementary schools.

Also in April, Euripides' Greek tragedy "The Bacchae" (April 25 to May 4) will be performed at the Louis Theater.

The University's 2007-08 Mainstage theater season will conclude with Eric Overmyer's comedy "On The Verge" (May 23 to June 1) at the Barber Theater, directed by Northwestern theatre faculty member Cindy Gold.

Single-ticket prices for the spring productions are listed below. For tickets, call (847) 491-7282. Online ticket sales for Mainstage productions are available through OvationTix at http://www.tic.northwestern.edu/tickets.php.

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.

MAINSTAGE THEATRE

"Charlotte's Web," 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10; 7 p.m. Friday, April 11; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 12; and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13; Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus.
Theatre faculty member Lynn Kelso will direct Joseph Robinette's interpretation of E.B. White's classic children's tale about a pig named Wilbur and a spider named Charlotte set on the Zuckerman farm. As the story unfolds, Charlotte teaches the audience the true meaning of friendship and acceptance. The family production also will tour Evanston-area elementary schools as part of the University's community outreach program. 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.

Euripides' "The Bacchae," 8 p.m. Friday, April 25; 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26; 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27; 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 30; 8 p.m. Thursday, May 1; 8 p.m. Friday, May 2; 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4; Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. Known as one of the greatest Greek tragedies ever written, "The Bacchae" tells the story of the clash between Dionysus, the god of wine, and his brash, mortal cousin, Pentheus, the young king of Thebes who refuses to acknowledge Dionysus' divinity. The production will be directed by Jonathan Mazer, a Northwestern master of fine arts student. 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.

STUDIO PRODUCTIONS

Black & Latino Queer Performance Festival, April 17 to 20, Hal and Martha Hyer-Wallis Theatre, Theatre and Interpretation Center, 1949 Campus Drive, Evanston campus. Directed by Northwestern's E. Patrick Johnson, professor of performance studies, the festival will showcase black and Latino queer performance art. Each of the festival's four shows will feature a different artist and performance: 8 p.m. Thursday, April 17, Paul Outlaw's show "Berserker"; 8 p.m. Friday, April 18, Carmelita Tropicana in "With What Ass Does the Cockroach Sit?"; 8 p.m. Saturday, April 19, Sharon Bridgfort's performance of "love conjure/blues"; and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 20, Dan Guerrero's "¡Gaytino!" General admission for each performance is $10. For ticket information, call (847) 491-7282.

"Proximity," 8 p.m. Friday, April 18, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 19, Mussetter-Struble Theater, Theatre and Interpretation Center, 1949 Campus Drive, Evanston campus. Physical space between the lives of strangers is disappearing, yet people are more remote from each other than ever. "Proximity" confronts this paradox through a pastiche of experiences, touching upon isolation, addiction, despair, change and hope. The production will be directed by Northwestern senior Audrey Meshulam. General admission is $5.

DANCE


The Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center, 10 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus, is located on Northwestern University's lakefront campus in Evanston. It is part of the Theatre and Interpretation Center, which also houses the departments of theatre and performance studies. For more information, call the Dance Program at (847) 491-3147.

"Sweet Darkness," 8 p.m. Friday, April 4, and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 5, Marjorie Ward Marshall Ballroom Theatre, Theatre and Interpretation Center, 10 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. "Sweet Darkness" is an evening of three whimsical dances performed by Chicago-based, contemporary dance company Hedwig Dances. The show will include performances of "Night Blooming Jasmine" by Hedwig Dances artistic director and Northwestern dance program resident artist Jan Bartoszek; "Rein, Bellow" by New York-based guest choreographers Bill Young and Colleen Thomas; and "An Everyman's Condition," choreographed by Hedwig Dances company member and Australian native Kirsty MacKellar. Single tickets are $20 for the general public and $15 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty, staff and students.
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