June 2011 Theatre/Dance CalendarMay 23, 2011 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Individual recitals by performance studies doctoral candidates and encore dance performances of Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak’s “Sharks Before Drowning” in early June will conclude Northwestern University’s spring stage and dance programs.
June also will launch the Theatre and Interpretation Center at Northwestern’s 2011 SummerStage productions, including two events related to the annual Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project -- a Songwriters Showcase and a celebration of Tony Award-winning Charles Strouse, who wrote the music for “Bye, Bye Birdie,” “Golden Boy,” “Applause” and “Annie” -- and two performances by the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project.
All events are open to the public and will take place on the University’s Evanston campus, as noted. Ticket information follows each performance listing. Specific venues and single-ticket prices are listed below.
Single tickets to the spring productions and subscriptions to 2011 SummerStage events can be purchased through the Theatre and Interpretation Center Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or online at http://www.tic.northwestern.edu. Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale now.
Performance Studies Ph.D. Recitals, 7 p.m. Friday, June 3; and 7 p.m. Saturday, June 4, Hal and Martha Hyer Wallis Theater, 1949 Campus Drive, Evanston campus. Individual solo presentations created and performed by doctoral students Colleen Daniher, Meiver De la Cruz, Jasmine Mahmoud and Kantara Souffrant will be staged each night. Admission is free.
The Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project/Songwriters Showcase, 8 p.m. Friday, June 24, Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. This annual celebration of emerging songwriters will feature original pop, music theatre, hip-hop, folk, Latin and country music. Single tickets are $10. Discounts are available for groups of 8 or more.
The Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project/“Applause! Applause! A Celebration of Charles Strouse,” 8 p.m. Saturday, June 25, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. The second annual star-studded evening celebrates the Tony Award-winning talents of Charles Strouse (“Annie,” “Bye Bye Birdie”) and his mentorship of young songwriters in the tradition of the late Johnny Mercer. Presented by the American Music Theatre Project in association with The Johnny Mercer Foundation, the program will feature performances from Strouse’s landmark shows by award-winning guest artists Craig Carnelia, Marcy Heisler and Lari White, as well as the North Shore’s very own Tony Award-winning Christine Ebersole and Strouse himself. Single tickets are $40. Discounts are available for groups of 8 or more.
Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, artistic direction by Billy Siegenfeld, 8 p.m. Saturday, June 25, and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 26, Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. This energy-rich evening of rhythmic dance will feature three world premieres, as well as audience favorites from the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project repertory. The Saturday performance will include a free pre-show discussion at 7 p.m. with Siegenfeld and Chicago dance critic Lucia Mauro and an on-stage “Jump Rhythm” anniversary toast after the show. 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. Discounts are available for groups of 8 or more.
DANCE“Sharks Before Drowning,” 8 p.m. Thursday, June 2; 8 p.m. Friday, June 3; 8 p.m. Saturday, June 4; and 8 p.m. Sunday, June 5, Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center, 10 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. Back by popular demand, Chicago-based contemporary dance company Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak will present encore performances of “Sharks Before Drowning,” a dance work that premiered at Northwestern in December. The work explores themes of ferocity and fragility, hunger and survival and the tension between the drive to succeed and the need to adapt to a shifting environment. Directed by Shanahan, it will feature ensemble members Juli Farley, Benjamin Law, Jessie Marasa and Shanahan. General seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Tickets for “Sharks Before Drowning” are $20 for the general public; $15 for Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students with IDs and seniors 65 and older. For tickets, visit www.madshak.com/events. Tickets purchased at the door will be $22.