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February 2009 Theatre Calendar

The Theatre and Interpretation Center (TIC) at Northwestern University will continue its 2008-09 season in February with a historic drama, a literary adaptation, a retelling of a stage classic, an American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) staged reading of a new musical and the annual Danceworks production.

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January 22, 2009 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Theatre and Interpretation Center (TIC) at Northwestern University will continue its 2008-09 season in February with a historic drama, a literary adaptation, a retelling of a stage classic, an American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) staged reading of a new musical and the annual Danceworks production.

February will open with the Mainstage Production of Karen Zacarias' "The Sins of Sor Juana" (Jan. 30 to Feb. 8), to be followed by a production in TIC's Wallis Works-In-Progress initiative, "Twice Told" (Feb. 6 to 14). The winter productions will continue with "Peter Pan or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up" (Feb. 13 to 22), a new installment of readings inspired by Shakespeare's "Henry V" in the Brown Bag Lunch Series (Feb. 20), a staged AMTP reading of the musical "Next Thing You Know" (Feb. 20 to 22) from the Drama Desk-nominated creators of the hit Off-Broadway musical "I Love You Because" and Danceworks 2009 (Feb. 27 to March 8) featuring the choreography of Northwestern's dance faculty and guest artists.

Performances are open to the public and will take place in venues on Northwestern's Evanston campus, as noted.

Single tickets to all productions may be purchased by phone through the Theatre and Interpretation Center Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or at the door prior to each performance. Tickets also are on sale through the Theatre and Interpretation Center Box Office or online at http://www.tic.northwestern.edu.

Optional dinner packages are now available before any performance at two downtown Evanston restaurants. GIO, 1631 Chicago Ave., offers Northern Italian cuisine. A dinner ticket, including an appetizer, entrée, dessert and coffee or tea may be purchased for $20. Tapas Barcelona, 1615 Chicago Ave., offers a wide variety of small plates. A dinner including a selection of assorted tapas, dessert and coffee or tea may be purchased for $25. Prices are exclusive of performance tickets, tax and gratuity. Packages may be purchased through the Theatre and Interpretation Center Box Office at (847) 491-7282.

The Theatre and Interpretation Center's February 2009 calendar will include:

"The Sins of Sor Juana" by Karen Zacarias and directed by Henry Godinez, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30; 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1; 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5; 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6; 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus.
One of the first published poets of the Americas and a member of a Mexican convent, Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz frustrated the Church with plays and poetry that expressed a feminism centuries ahead of its time. Surrendering to the Church's demand for her silence, her final written words were penned in her own blood -- a vow never to write again. Under the direction of artistic director Henry Godinez, "The Sins of Sor Juana" is a historic fantasy of self-determination and self-expression that explores the life of the 17th century poet and her quest for artistic freedom and social equality. Single tickets are $20 for the general public; $18 for seniors aged 65 and older, Northwestern faculty and staff and area educators and administrators; and $10 for children and full-time students.

"Twice Told," from the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne, adapted and directed by Chloe Johnston, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8; 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13; and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, Hal and Martha Hyer Wallis Theater, 1949 Campus Drive, Evanston campus.
"Twice Told" is an adaptation of three stories by the 19th century American novelist and short story writer Nathaniel Hawthorne. Set during the earliest years in this nation's history, Hawthorne's tales examine love, belief and the nature of good and evil. A young man loses his faith in humanity during a midnight stroll with a mysterious stranger. A woman loses the love of her life when he decides to hide his face behind an ominous mask. A scientist performs an experiment that will destroy what he loves best. Tickets are $10.

"Peter Pan or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up," adapted by Trevor Nunn and John Caird (based on the play by J.M. Barrie), directed by Amanda Dehnert, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13; 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15; 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19; 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20; 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. This beloved story of Peter, Wendy, Michael, John, Captain Hook, Smee, the lost boys and Tinker Bell is a spectacular retelling of the J.M. Barrie classic tale. This very physical production uses innovative movement and theatricality to create a never-ending childhood adventure of pirates, fairies and mischievous fantasy. Director Amanda Dehnert offers a darkly playful examination of the decision to grow up or remain forever in Never Land.

Brown Bag Lunch Series, "Power Plays II," noon Friday, Feb. 20, Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. Under the thematic title of "Power Plays II," the readings presented in this performance have been inspired by the ideas and events in Shakespeare's "Henry IV" that address power and corruption and the way a society can or should behave when it is not being served by its leaders. The reading is free and open to the public. Brown bag lunches are encouraged. For more information, contact the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282.

American Music Theatre Project staged readings of "Next Thing You Know," 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20; 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, Mussetter-Struble Theater, 1949 Campus Drive, Evanston campus. Real life happens real fast. One day you wake up, and instead of a hangover, you have a job. Instead of a fling you have a live-in girlfriend. And instead of naive dreams you have reality. The little joys and compromises that bring us into adulthood are brought to life in this theatrical concert featuring all new songs from Josh Salzman and Ryan Cunningham, the Drama Desk-nominated creators of "I Love You Because." The readings are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Theatre and Interpretation Center Box Office at (847) 491-7282.

"Danceworks 2009," 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27; 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1; 8 p.m. Thursday, March 5; 8 p.m. Friday, March 6; 8 p.m. Saturday, March 7; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8, Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. The program will feature a vibrant display of tap, Jump Rhythm Jazz, ballet, modern and contemporary dance forms by nationally and internationally renowned Northwestern Dance Program faculty choreographers and guest artists. It will be performed by Northwestern student dancers. Susan Lee, coordinator of the Northwestern University Dance Program, is artistic director.