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October 2011 Theatre/Dance Calendar

TIC’s Mainstage Season opens with John Logan’s “Never The Sinner” Oct. 14 to 23

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September 22, 2011 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- “Never the Sinner,” John Logan’s award-winning drama about the infamous Leopold and Loeb murder trial, will launch the 31st anniversary season of the Theatre and Interpretation Center (TIC) at Northwestern University, Oct. 14 to 23.

Oct. 20 to 23, The Second City sketch comedy troupe will bring laughter to campus for a three performance event called “The Second City Does Northwestern: Wildcat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

TIC also will begin its National Theatre Live series in October with two broadcasts: “One Man, Two Guvnors,” starring James Corden, Oct. 14, and “The Kitchen,” Oct. 25.

In addition, TIC’s Imagine U Family Series will open its second season with “A Year with Frog and Toad,” Oct. 28 to Nov. 6.

Other October events include a student performance presented by the School of Communication’s dance program and the New Movement Project as the conclusion of a weeklong residency of guest choreographer Cyrus Khambatta.

A Sept. 21 program of solo performances by students enrolled in the School of Communication’s department of performance studies’ introductory general communication 103 course, “The Analysis and Performance of Literature,” also is planned.

All fall events are open to the public and take place on Northwestern’s Evanston campus, at the Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive; Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., the Hal and Martha Hyer Wallis Theater, 1949 Campus Drive; Mussetter-Struble Theater, 1949 Campus Drive; or the Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center, 10 Arts Circle Drive, as noted.

Subscriptions for the entire 2011-12 TIC Mainstage Season, National Theatre Live series, Imagine U Family Series and single tickets are now on sale through the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or www.tic.northwestern.edu. Single ticket prices are listed below. Where applicable, ticket discounts are available for groups of 8 or more.

For the first time, TIC Mainstage subscribers can choose between two different plans. The 8-Play Subscription for $75 to $154 represents a 20 percent savings off single ticket prices. The 5-Play Flex-Pass for $55 to $115 represents a 10 percent savings off single ticket prices. Both are now on sale. Unless otherwise noted, tickets and subscriptions can be purchased through the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or www.tic.northwestern.edu.

FALL 2011 MAINSTAGE PRODUCTIONS

“Never the Sinner,” by John Logan, directed by Dennis Zacek, 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14; 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15; 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16; 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17; 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20; 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21; 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, Josephine Louis Theater. The first play by award-winning Northwestern alumnus John Logan, “Never the Sinner” recreates the first “trial of the century.” In 1924 Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb kidnapped and murdered a 14-year-old boy from Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood in an attempt to perform the perfect crime. The trial of the self-described Nietzschean supermen captivated the nation. Directed by former Victory Gardens Theater Artistic Director Dennis Zacek and featuring Northwestern faculty member Henry Godinez and acclaimed Chicago actor Torrey Hanson, “Never the Sinner” asks whether Leopold and Loeb are heartless murderers or a little like all of us? This production is sponsored by a generous grant from the Alumnae of Northwestern. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Single tickets are $10 to $25; groups of 8 or more are $8 to $22.

“The Second City Does Northwestern: Wildcat on a Hot Tin Roof,” 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20; 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, Cahn Auditorium. For more than 50 years, The Second City has been the heart and soul of Chicago comedy. Now some of the country’s most skilled comedians make their way north to Evanston for a Wildcat-centric revue. This no-holds-barred event will satirize everything purple in sketch comedy, song and improvisation. No Northwestern tradition is safe! Presented in partnership with the Northwestern Office of Alumni and Development, Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, the program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Single tickets are $30 with a special $10 rate for Northwestern students on Thursday, Oct 20; groups of 8 or more are $20 to $27.

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE

 “One Man, Two Guvnors,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, Josephine Louis Theater. Directed by National Theatre Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner and starring James Corden (“The History Boys”), “One Man, Two Guvnors” is a comedy set in 1963 England and based on “The Servant of Two Masters.” This production was hailed by the Daily Telegraph as “one of the funniest productions in the National's history” and "the feel good hit of the summer." Presented in partnership with By Experience and sponsored by Arts Council England and Aviva, TIC’s National Theatre Live broadcasts are sponsored by a generous grant from the Alumnae of Northwestern. The program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Single tickets are $20; groups of eight or more are $18. 

“The Kitchen,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive. In the kitchen of an enormous West End restaurant in 1950s London, the orders for a post-war feast of soup, fish, cutlets, omelets and fruit flans are piling up. But in the clamor of the kitchen, all is on the brink of collapse. Arnold Wesker’s extraordinary play premiered at the Royal Court in 1959 and has since been performed in more than 30 countries. Directed by National Theatre Associate Director Bijan Sheibani, “The Kitchen” puts the workplace centre stage in a dark, humorous examination. Presented in partnership with By Experience and sponsored by Arts Council England and Aviva, TIC’s National Theatre Live broadcasts are made possible by a generous grant from the Alumnae of Northwestern. The program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Single tickets are $20; groups of eight or more are $18. 

IMAGINE U FAMILY SERIES

“A Year with Frog and Toad,” book by Robert Reale, music and lyrics by Willie Reale, based on the books by Arnold Loebel, and directed by Northwestern student Sophie Rich, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29; 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30; 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, Mussetter-Struble Theater. Frog and Toad aren’t perfect animals by any stretch of the imagination. They fight, they make mistakes and they sometimes let feelings get the better of them. But despite their differences, friendship always wins out. A heartwarming and joyous musical adapted from the children’s books of Arnold Loebel, “A Year with Frog and Toad” will delight children and parents alike. The program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Imagine U programming is recommended for children aged 5 to 10. Single tickets are $10.

PERFORMANCE STUDIES

The 103 Performance Hour, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, Hal and Martha Hyer Wallis Theatre. Northwestern students will perform selections from literature during this hourlong event. Admission is free and open to the public. For more, call the department of performance studies at (847) 491-3171.

DANCE PROGRAM

New Movement Project, Studio Showing, noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, Ballroom Studio, Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center, 10 Arts Circle Drive. This improvisational dance event will feature students who participated in choreographer Cyrus Khambatta’s classes and workshops during his weeklong Evanston campus residency. Khambatta is founder and artistic director of Khambatta Dance Company in Seattle. Admission is free and open to the public.

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