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May 2008 Theatre/Dance Calendar

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May 6, 2008 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- This spring, Northwestern University's department of theatre and the Theatre and Interpretation Center will present the final two productions of the 2007-08 Mainstage theatre season.

Euripides' "The Bacchae"(April 25 to May 4) will be performed at the Josephine Louis Theatre. Adapted by director Jonathan Mazer and Paul Thelen from a translation by William Arrowsmith, with choral odes translated by Herbert Golder, this classic Greek Tragedy depicts how fanaticism and fundamentalism ultimately transform the most positive of human forces into self-destruction.

The University's 2007-08 Mainstage theatre season will conclude with Eric Overmyer's comedy "On The Verge" (May 23 to June 1) at the Ethel M. Barber Theater, directed by Northwestern theatre faculty member Cindy Gold. "On the Verge" follows three Victorian women as they travel forward in time to 1950s America.

Another May stage production with be the 77th Annual Waa-Mu Show, a musical revue written entirely by students. This year's show, "Skylines," follows Northwestern alumni in their pursuit of happiness.

Several studio productions are also planned, including "Garden Project" (May 2 and 3) at the Mussetter-Struble Theater, directed by Northwestern student Tracy MacKenzie; "The Quickening" (May 16 and 17) at the Hal and Martha Hyer-Wallis Theater, adapted and directed by student Lyssa Deehan; and "Amadeus" (May 30 and 31) by Peter Shaffer, also at the Wallis Theater, directed by northwestern Master of Fine Arts candidate George Cederquist.

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, as well as Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St.

Single-ticket prices for the spring productions are listed below. For tickets, call (847) 491-7282. Online ticket sales for Mainstage productions also 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 PRODUCTIONS

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. Northwestern's spring production was translated by William Arrowsmith, with choral odes translated by Herbert Golder, and adapted by Northwestern Master of Fine Arts candidate Jonathan Mazer, who will direct the production, and Paul Thelen. "The Bacchae" is one of the greatest Greek tragedies ever written. It tells of the clash between the vengeful god of wine Dionysus and his brash, mortal cousin, Pentheus, who refuses to acknowledge Dionysus' divinity. As the young king of Thebes struggles to suppress the Dionysian promise of ecstasy and retain control of his city, the story reveals how fanaticism and fundamentalism ultimately transform the most positive of human forces into self-destruction. 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.

"On the Verge," by Eric Overmyer, 8 p.m. Friday, May 23; 8 p.m. Saturday, May 24; 2 p.m. Sunday, May 25; 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 28; 8 p.m. Thursday, May 29; 8 p.m. Friday, May 30; 8 p.m. Saturday, May 31; and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 1; Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. An amusing and scandalous romp, directed by Northwestern faculty member Cindy Gold, this comedy follows three Victorian ladies as they travel forward in time to 1950s America. With pithy dialogue, these ladies use wit, charm and intelligence as their weapons of choice as they share tales of their past adventures. Single tickets are $25 for the general public; $22 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for full-time students and children.

77th ANNUAL WAA-MU SHOW


2008 Waa-Mu Show "Skylines," 8 p.m. Friday, May 2; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3; 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4; 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 7; 8 p.m. Thursday, May 8; 8 p.m. Friday, May 9, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 10; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 11, Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., Evanston campus.
The 2008 Waa-Mu Show offers follows recent Northwestern graduates to Los Angeles, New York and Chicago in their pursuit of happiness, from the Brooklyn Bridge to Wrigley Field and from the famed Hollywood sign to the Magnificent Mile. Their lives after Evanston are filled with joys and disenchantments, triumphs and trivialities. In a tapestry of metropolitan settings and musical styles, "Skylines" promises a trip not to be missed. Tier 1 tickets are $27. Tier 2 tickets are $21 for the general public; $17 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $11 for full-time students and children. The Sunday, May 11, performance coincides with Mother's Day, and a special pre-show brunch will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Evanston from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Members of the 2008 Waa-Mu Show cast will be on hand to welcome and entertain. Brunch tickets are $37 and are also available through the theatre and Interpretation Center Box Office.

STUDIO PRODUCTIONS


Tickets for Studio Productions are sold at the Theatre and Interpretation Center Box Office as well as at the door prior to each performance.

"Garden Project," 8 p.m. Friday, May 2, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3, Mussetter-Struble Theater, Theatre and Interpretation Center, 1949 Campus Drive, Evanston campus.
The recipient of a research grant from Northwestern, director Tracy MacKenzie spent three months last summer visiting urban community gardens in cities across America. Whether large or small, whether growing vegetables or only flowers, each was a Garden of Eden amidst grids of cement and skyscrapers. "The Garden" is a document of that summer. Using the voices and stories of real urban gardeners, an ensemble of six actors tells the story of one garden in an area without much hope. Started by a young girl, the garden begins with just one plant. What grows from there are not only vegetables, but friendship, passion, life, humor and dreams of a better future. General admission is $5, and the production is appropriate for most ages.

"The Quickening," 8 p.m. Friday, May 16, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 17, Hal and Martha Hyer-Wallis Theater, Theatre and Interpretation Center, 1949 Campus Drive. During a difficult home birth in Vermont, an experienced midwife makes a split-second decision that changes the course of her life and the lives of those around her. Told through the eyes of her daughter, "The Quickening" depicts the revelation that is experienced when the status quo suddenly shifts direction, and how the effects of one "quickening" inevitably sets the stage for another. Adapted and directed by Northwestern senior Lyssa Deehan, a performance studies student. General admission is $5.

"Amadeus," 8 p.m. Friday, May 30, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 31, Hal and Martha Hyer-Wallis Theater, Theatre and Interpretation Center, 1949 Campus Drive. Directed by George Cederquist, a Northwestern master of fine arts candidate, this play is loosely based on the lives of the composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri. The production makes use of Mozart's music as well as that of a few other composers, including Salieri. General admission is $10.

DANCE


Northwestern University's Senior Dance Major's Spring Concert, "Footprints," 8 p.m. Thursday, May 22; 8 p.m. Friday, May 23; 8 p.m. Saturday, May 24; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 25, in the Ballroom of the Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center, 10 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. The concert will celebrate the culmination of the Class of 2008's dance studies. Featuring the senior class as performers and choreographers, the concert will include a range of individual movement styles. "Footprints" also will feature a premiere by choreographer Jan Bartoszek of Hedwig Dances, created specifically for the senior dance major students. The Dance Program will host a reception after the Friday (May 23) evening performance that is open to the public. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $4 for students. For information and tickets, contact Northwestern's Dance Program at (847) 491-3147 or visit http://www.dance.northwestern.edu.
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