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January 2012 Theatre Calendar

Lydia Diamond’s adaptation of Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye” to be staged

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November 29, 2011 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- A powerful coming-of-age stage adaptation based on Toni Morrison’s first novel will open the Theatre and Interpretation Center (TIC) at Northwestern University’s winter performance season. An evening of solo student presentations also will help launch the new year.

All events are open to the public and take place on Northwestern’s Evanston campus at the Josephine Louis Theatre, 20 Arts Circle Drive or the Mussetter-Struble Theater, 1949 Campus Drive, as noted. 

For the first time, TIC Mainstage subscribers can choose a 5-Play Flex-Pass for $55 to $115 that represents a 10 percent savings off single ticket prices. Single ticket prices are listed below. 

Where applicable, ticket discounts are available for groups of 8 or more. 

Unless otherwise noted, tickets and Flex-Passes can be purchased now through the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or www.tic.northwestern.edu

JANUARY 2012 MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION

 “The Bluest Eye,” by Lydia Diamond, based on the novel by Toni Morrison, directed by Rives Collins, at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27; 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28; 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29; 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2; 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3; 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, at the Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. Adapted by award-winning Northwestern alumna Lydia Diamond from Morrison’s acclaimed debut novel, “The Bluest Eye” asks the universal question: What is beauty? Young Pecola has always yearned for the blue eyes that she believes will make her more beautiful and ease her hardships. Directed by Northwestern University faculty member Rives Collins, “The Bluest Eye” was commissioned in 2005 by Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Post-show discussions will follow the Jan. 27, Jan. 29 and Feb. 2 performances and are free and open to the public.  This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Single tickets are $25 for the general public; $22 for seniors, Northwestern faculty and staff, and area educators; $10 for full-time students with IDs; $5 tickets are available exclusively to Northwestern students with valid IDs on advance ticket purchases only. Tickets for groups of 8 or more are $8 to $22 each.

PERFORMANCE STUDIES 

103 Performance Hour, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, Mussetter-Struble Theatre, 1949 Campus Drive, Evanston campus. This hourlong program features solo performances by students in the School of Communication’s department of performance studies. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, phone (847) 491-3171 or visit www.communication.northwestern.edu

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