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February 2011 Theatre/Dance Calendar

Special limited engagement of “Being Harold Pinter” by Belarus Free Theatre

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January 27, 2011 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Theatre and Interpretation Center (TIC) at Northwestern University will continue its 30th anniversary season with performances of Rebecca Gilman’s controversial play “Spinning Into Butter” (Jan. 28 to Feb. 6) and “Peribanez” (Feb. 11 to 20), Lope de Vega’s romantic tale of desire, honor and revenge.

February also will feature “Danceworks 2011” (Feb. 25 to March 6), showcasing the choreography of Northwestern’s dance faculty, and “Everybody Dances!” (Feb. 19), a Saturday morning event in the new Imagine U family series.

In addition, TIC welcomes the Chicago premiere of “Being Harold Pinter” (Feb. 4 to 13). It will be performed by the Belarus Free Theatre and presented by Goodman Theatre in association with Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the League of Chicago Theatres.

The School of Communication’s department of performance studies will present “Fat Camp” (Feb. 4 and 5), an original performance piece created and directed by Northwestern Ph.D. student Andrew Brown, and a solo performance by guest artist Stacey Karen Robinson (Feb. 19).

All of the events are open to the public and will take place at various venues on the Evanston campus. Ticket information follows each performance listing. Specific venues and single-ticket prices are listed below. Single or group tickets may be purchased through the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or online at www.tic.northwestern.edu.

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 who have graduated within the past two years (with a valid WildCARD ID). 

FEBRUARY 2011

THEATRE

“Spinning Into Butter,” by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Derrick Sanders, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28; 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29; 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30; 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3; 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4; 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. “Spinning Into Butter” follows a saga of racially motivated vandalism at a fictitious college. It falls to Sarah Daniels, dean of students, to resolve this unprecedented situation or, perhaps, just to quiet the hype. Directed by Derrick Sanders, artistic director, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), this thought-provoking play by award-winning School of Communication faculty member Rebecca Gilman, associate professor of radio/television and film, asks whether values are absolute or subject to circumstance. Single-tickets are $20 for the general public; $18 for seniors 65 and older, Northwestern faculty and staff and area educators and administrators; and $10 for full-time students with IDs and Northwestern alumni who graduated within the past two years. Single-tickets may be purchased through the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or online at www.tic.northwestern.edu.

“Being Harold Pinter,” adapted and directed by Vladimir Shcherban, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4; 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6; 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11; 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, Mussetter-Struble Theater, 1949 Campus Drive, Evanston campus. A limited engagement performance by Eastern Europe’s Belarus Free Theatre, “Being Harold Pinter” arrives in Chicago on the heels of its sold-out engagement at New York’s Under the Radar Festival. A commentary on violence, oppression, freedom and human dignity, the play juxtaposes transcripts of Belarusian political prisoners with excerpts from the writings of Pinter. The New York Times called “Being Harold Pinter” “truly passionate, truly political theatre (with) virtues beyond its relevance and bravery.” The performance at Northwestern is made possible by a partnership with the Goodman Theatre, the League of Chicago Theatres and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. The production includes scenes that contain brief nudity and depictions of violence. It is presented in Russian and Belarusian with English supertitles. Single-tickets are $20 for the general public and $10 for students with IDs. Single-tickets may be purchased through the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or online at www.tic.northwestern.edu.

“Peribanez,” by Lope de Vega, translated by Tanya Roder, directed by Henry Godinez, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11; 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13; 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17; 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18; 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. One of the most important playwrights and poets of the Spanish Golden Age, Lope de Vega creates a romantic tale of desire, honor, obsession and revenge with “Peribanez.” Newlyweds Pedro and Casilda have found perfect bliss -- until fate intervenes, bringing into their lives a jealous Commander determined to take the bride for himself. Directed by award-winning TIC artistic director Henry Godinez, with an English translation by Tanya Ronder, “Peribanez” is a daring classic that explores what a man will do for the love of a woman. Single-tickets are $22 for the general public; $20 for seniors 65 and older, Northwestern faculty and staff and area educators and administrators; and $10 for full-time students with IDs and Northwestern alumni who graduated within the past two years. Single-tickets may be purchased through the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or online at www.tic.northwestern.edu.

Imagine U family program, “Everybody Dances!” 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, Mussetter-Struble Theater, 1949 Campus Drive, Evanston campus. Unlock your inner dancer! Whether to entertain, exercise, pass on tradition, tell a story or just have fun, there are many reasons why we dance. Led by Northwestern University Dance Program Coordinator Susan A. Lee and featuring interactions with students from the dance and theatre department, “Everybody Dances” is a totally engaging introduction for young audiences to the many expressions of dance. With a focus on Native American Hoop Dancing and African Dance, families will explore the connection between traditional and contemporary dances, as well as how story, imagery and props add fun and excitement to each piece of choreography. Imagine U is recommended for children aged 5 to 10. Single-tickets are $5 and may be purchased through the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or online at www.tic.northwestern.edu.

PERFORMANCE STUDIES

“Fat Camp,” 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, Hal and Martha Hyer Wallis Theater, 1949 Campus Drive, Evanston campus. An original performance piece created and directed by Northwestern University Ph.D. student Andrew Brown. Admission is $5.

Guest Performer Stacey Karen Robinson, “Quiet Frenzy,” 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, Alvina Krause Studio in Annie May Swift Hall, 1920 Campus Drive, Evanston campus. Guest actor and playwright Stacey Karen Robinson’s performance about grief and awakening is part of the solo/black/woman series, presented with the support of a grant from the Mellon Foundation. Robinson’s stage piece tells the story of the aftermath of a family tragedy and how a young woman named LaShonda falls apart and comes together in a fractured symphony of remembrance and rebirth, loss and laughter. Admission is free.

DANCE

“Danceworks 2011,” 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25; 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27; 8 p.m. Thursday, March 3; 8 p.m. Friday, March 4; 8 p.m. Saturday, March 5; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6, Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. Featuring the original works of Northwestern’s renowned faculty choreographers and performances by up-and-coming student dancers, “Danceworks 2011” is a dramatic and evocative celebration of modern, contemporary, Jump Rhythm Tap, classic jazz and ethnic dance. Under the artistic direction of award-winning Northwestern faculty member Annie Beserra, the works featured in this year’s show represent what is current and significant in dance. Ticket prices are $20 for the general public; $18 for seniors 65 and older, Northwestern faculty and staff and area educators and administrators; and $10 for full-time students. Danceworks 2011 tickets can be purchased through the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or online at www.tic.northwestern.edu.

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