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October 2010 Theater Calendar

Theatre and Interpretation Center at Northwestern opens 2010-11 season with “Tartuffe”

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September 27, 2010 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Theatre and Interpretation Center (TIC) at Northwestern University, will launch its 30th Anniversary season with Moliere’s comedic masterpiece “Tartuffe” (Oct. 22 to Nov. 6), directed by The Hypocrites theatre company artistic director Sean Graney.

The School of Communication’s department of performance studies has scheduled two evening performances of “Passing Solo” (Oct. 29 and 30), a one-woman work by guest artist Nancy Cheryll Davis.

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

Subscriptions for the entire 2010-11 Mainstage Season are on sale now through the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or www.tic.northwestern.edu. Single ticket prices are listed below.

For the first time, TIC is offering $10 single ticket prices to Thursday night season performances to U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families (with a valid military ID), as well as $10 ticket discounts for Northwestern alumni (with a valid WildCARD) who have graduated within the past two years.

OCTOBER 2010

THEATRE

“Tartuffe” by Moliere, adapted and directed by Sean Graney, 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22; 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23; 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24; 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28; 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29; 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30; 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31; 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5; and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, Ethel M. Barber Theater, Evanston campus. Renowned Chicago director Sean Graney will launch the Theatre and Interpretation Center’s 30th anniversary season with his irreverent adaption of Moliere’s “Tartuffe.” Featuring Northwestern alumnus and Lookingglass ensemble member David Catlin, celebrated Chicago actress and Northwestern alumna Ann Whitney and Northwestern student actors, this tale of a family patriarch, a devout fraud and unquenchable lecherous desire is one of the greatest comedic masterpieces of all time. 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 for full-time students. Single tickets may be purchased through the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or online at www.tic.northwestern.edu.

PERFORMANCE STUDIES

“Passing Solo,” 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, Alvina Krause Studio, Annie May Swift Hall, 1920 Campus Drive, Evanston campus. “Passing Solo” is a one-woman performance by guest artist Nancy Cheryll Davis, a critically acclaimed actress, director, and producer and founding artistic director of the Towne Street Theatre, an African-American theatre company in Los Angeles. It is based on the Towne Street Theatre play “Passing,” adapted by Davis from Nella Larsen’s 1927 novella. A memory play, it explores the conflicting demands of race and friendship, and the slippery line between trust and deception. Davis portrays Irene Westover Redfield and Clare Kendry Bellew, childhood friends who encounter one another as adults in 1920s Harlem, and who share a secret: their birth certificates read “Negro” but both can -- and do -- pass as white. Davis received the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Best Actress Award for her portrayal of Bellew in “Passing.” Both performances are presented as part of the “solo/black/woman performance series,” funded in part by a grant from the Mellon Foundation. Admission is free, but seating is limited. For more information, call the department of performance studies at (847) 491-3171.