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‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ to Launch Theater and Interpretation Center Season

The classic comedy will round out the fall theater and dance calendar

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September 29, 2009 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Theatre and Interpretation Center (TIC) at Northwestern University, will launch the 2009-10 season this fall with a star-studded classic comedy, the first of several musical readings that will be offered as part of the American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) OutLOUD Reading series, and a Performance Studies Performance Hour.

Students will offer a one-night-only complimentary performance in association with the department of performance studies (Sept. 23). Later that week, AMTP will present an exploration of the heroic men and women from our greatest generations by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker (conductor of Cirque de Soleil's "Ka") in a musical reading titled "ACE" (Sept. 25 to 27).

In October, TIC will open its 29th season with Joseph Kesselring's classic comedy "Arsenic and Old Lace" (Oct. 24 to Nov. 8) at the Ethel M. Barber Theater. A combination of the farcical and the macabre, "Arsenic" will be directed by Tony Award-winning director Frank Galati, with costume design by Jeff Award-winning Virgil C. Johnson. The cast will feature acclaimed Chicago artists Dennis Zacek and John Mohrlein and award-winning Northwestern acting faculty Cindy Gold and Mary Poole.

All events are open to the public and will take place on Northwestern's Evanston campus. Ticket information for each event follows each performance listing, as noted below.

Subscriptions for the entire 2009-10 Mainstage Season are on sale now through the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or www.tic.northwestern.edu.

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2009

The Theatre and Interpretation Center and Performance Studies September/October calendar will include:

Performance Hour, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, Musseter-Struble Theater, Theatre and Interpretation Center, 1949 Campus Drive, Evanston campus. Performances by students in a introductory department of performance studies course, The Analysis and Performance of Literature. Admission is free.

Musical reading of "ACE," 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 26; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, Hal and Martha Hyer Wallis Theater, 1949 Campus Drive. Part of the American Music Theatre Project OutLOUD Reading series, "ACE" is a musical exploration of heroic men and women from our greatest generations. Developed by Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor, it will be directed by Northwestern theater faculty member and award-winning director David H. Bell. This complimentary event is sold out for all three performances. To be placed on the waiting list, contact the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282.

"Arsenic and Old Lace," by Joseph Kesselring, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24; 2 and 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25; 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29; 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30; 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31; 2 and 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1; 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5; 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6; 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive. A clever combination of the farcical and the macabre, Joseph Kesselring's play centers on two elderly sisters, famous in their Brooklyn neighborhood both for their charity and their befuddled nephew who believes he is Teddy Roosevelt. But the sisters have a secret -- a secret that is deadly for the lonely old gentlemen who appear on their doorstep looking for lodging. Under the direction of Tony Award-winning Frank Galati with costume design by Jeff Award-winning Virgil Johnson, this black comedy will feature Northwestern alumnus and Victory Gardens Theatre founder and artistic director Dennis Zacek and Chicago actor John Mohrlein, along with award-winning Northwestern acting faculty Cindy Gold and Mary Poole as the sinister and hilarious sisters. Ticket prices are $25 for the general public; $22 for seniors 65 and older, Northwestern faculty and staff and area educators and administrators; and $10 or full-time students. Single tickets will go one sale Oct. 1 and may be purchased through the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or online at www.tic.northwestern.edu.

(Nathalie Rayter, a junior in the School of Education and Social Policy, contributed to this story.)

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