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April 2011 Theatre/Dance Calendar

“Jungalbook” and the 80th Annual Waa-Mu show among works to be staged.

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March 15, 2011 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- As part of its 30th anniversary season, the Theatre and Interpretation Center (TIC) at Northwestern University will present Edward Mast’s “Jungalbook” (April 8 to 17), and “What’s Next?” -- the 80th Annual Waa-Mu production (April 29 to May 8).

A program of three dances by choreographer Joel Valentin-Martinez (April 14 through 16) and April 29 and 30 concerts featuring works by dance program alumni also are planned.

All of the events are open to the public and will take place on the University’s Evanston campus. Ticket information follows each performance listing. Specific venues and single-ticket prices are listed below.

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. Northwestern alumni who have graduated within the past two years will receive a $10 ticket discount with a valid WildCARD ID.

Single or group tickets may be purchased through the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or online at www.tic.northwestern.edu

APRIL 2011

THEATRE

“Jungalbook,” by Edward Mast and directed by Betsy Quinn, 7 p.m. Friday, April 8; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9; 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10; 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14; 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, April 15; 7 p.m. Saturday, April 16; and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 17, Ethel M. Barber Theater,  30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. An evocative tale of loyalty, belonging and courage based on the Mowgli stories of Rudyard Kipling, “Jungalbook” brings to life characters both contemporary and timeless. Held together by the “Law of the Jungal,” the animals become adventurous teens navigating animal gangs and confronting their greatest enemy. Directed by Northwestern faculty member Betsy Quinn, this work intertwines the jungle and urban street life. It was awarded the Distinguished Play Award by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. The Sunday, April 10, and Thursday, April 14, performances will be followed by post-show discussion. Tickets 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. Tickets can be purchased through the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or online at www.tic.northwestern.edu.

Waa-Mu 2011, “What’s Next?” 8 p.m. Friday, April 29; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 30; 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1; 8 p.m. Thursday, May 5; 8 p.m. Friday, May 6; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 7; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8, Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., Evanston campus. A musical exploration by Northwestern student artists of their expectations, hopes and dreams of life after college, this year’s show celebrates Waa-Mu’s 80th anniversary. Under the direction of award-winning Northwestern faculty member David H. Bell, Waa-Mu 2011 explores the question we face every day: “What's Next?”Single tickets for Waa-Mu are $28 (tier one) to $21 (tier two) for the general public; $17 for seniors and Northwestern University faculty and staff and area educators and administrators; and $11 for full-time students and children. Tickets can be purchased through the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or online at www.waamu.northwestern.edu.

DANCE

“Sombras -- Three Works by Joel Valentin-Martinez,” 8 p.m. Thursday, April 14; 8 p.m. Friday, April 15; and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 16, Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center, Ballroom Theater, 10 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. Two world premieres and a Chicago debut will be featured during “Sombras,” an intimate concert featuring two dancers. Untold histories emerge as choreographer Valentin-Martinez juxtaposes the glamour of Hollywood and the xenophobia facing Mexican-Americans in nearby communities. Voices past and present collide in “Cositas,” a new solo dance. “Who cares, just another…” explores the experience of a middle-class Mexican-American returning home as a tourist. A new multimedia work, “Embracing Shadows: “Hunger, Dust and Sweat,” follows husband and wife participants in the Emergency Farm Labor Program, better known as the Bracero Program. As the U. S. reexamines immigration policy, “Sombras” humanizes the migrant experience. The project is guided by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Department of Dance faculty in conjunction with an MFA thesis project and presented by Northwestern’s Dance Program. A talk-back with the choreographer and dancers will follow the Friday, April 15, performance. Tickets are $15 for the general public and seniors and $5 for students; they can be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com or in-person one hour before the show.

“The NU Group,” 8 p.m. Friday, April 29, and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 30, Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center, Ballroom Theater, 10 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. This collective of dance artists presents work created, designed and performed by Northwestern alumni, including Julia Rhoads and Meghann Wilkinson of Lucky Plush; Peter Carpenter; Annie Beserra of Striding Lion; Adam Gauzza of Same Planet Different World; Michala Stock of New York’s Eyes of A Blue Dog; Genevieve Garcia; and Jeff Hancock. These performances at Northwestern will follow the launch of this exciting new dance organization at The Building Stage in Chicago from April 21 to 23. Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com. For information, call (847) 491-3147 or e-mail nu-dance@northwestern.edu.

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