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September/October 2012 Theatre Calendar

AMTP’s new musical “The Verona Project” opens 2012-13 TIC Mainstage Season Oct. 19

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September 27, 2012 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. ---  “The Verona Project,” award-winning writer and director Amanda Dehnert’s new indie-folk-rock musical, will launch the Theatre and Interpretation Center’s (TIC) 2012-13 Mainstage season at Northwestern University, Oct. 19 to Nov. 4, at the Josephine Louis Theater. Presented by the American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) in association with TIC, it is a modern fable inspired by Shakespeare’s first comedy “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.”

TIC also will again host its National Theatre Live series -- bringing the best of British theatre broadcasts live to cinemas around the world -- including two Tuesday night broadcasts in October. They include “The Curious Incident Of The Dog in the Night-Time,” directed by Marianne Elliott, at 7 p.m. Oct. 2, at the Ethel M. Barber Theater and “Frankenstein,” directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (“127 Hours,” “Slumdog Millionaire”) 7 and 10:30 p.m. Oct. 30, at the Louis Theater.

TIC will participate in the third annual Backstage Evanston Festival, from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Ethel M. Barber Theater. The event will feature 17 local performing arts groups presenting sneak previews of their 2012-13 season offerings. For each $20 admission, purchasers will receive a $20 voucher that can be exchanged for a special ticket offer of equal value from any participating BackStage organization.

All events are open to the public and take place on Northwestern’s Evanston campus, at either the Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive, or the Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, as noted.

Subscriptions for the entire 2012-13 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 eight or more.

TIC Mainstage subscribers can choose between two different plans. The seven-play subscription for $75 to $148 represents a 20 percent savings off single ticket prices. The five-play Flex-Pass for $45 to $118 represents a 10 percent savings off single ticket prices. Both are now on sale. A four-play subscription to National Theatre Live is $64 and a three-play subscription is $48. Subscriptions to Imagine U Family Series productions range from $18 to $24.

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

CONSTRUCTION ALERT: A three-year construction project under way on the southeast end of the Northwestern University campus has closed the Arts Circle Drive to traffic. Free parking for evening and weekend events remains available, but the project will impact handicapped parking and patrons requiring special access to Evanston campus theaters. Visit www.tic.northwestern.edu/construction to learn more.

SEPTEMBER 2012/BACKSTAGE EVANSTON

BackStage Evanston, 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. The third annual BackStage Evanston Festival will feature 17 performing arts groups presenting sneak previews of their 2012-13 season offerings. Participating organizations include: Actors Gymnasium, CoCoDaCo, Evanston Dance Ensemble, Evanston Symphony Orchestra, Fleet-Jourdain Theatre, Light Opera Works, Midwest New Musicals, The Musical Offering, Music Institute of Chicago, Next Theatre Company, North Shore Chorale Society, Piccolo Theatre, Piven Theatre Workshop, Renovo String Orchestra, The Savoyaires, Theatre and Interpretation Center at Northwestern University and Theatre Zarko. The afternoon also will include complimentary desserts. For each $20 admission, purchasers will receive a $20 voucher that can be exchanged for a special ticket offer of equal value from any participating BackStage organization. Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.BackStageEvanston.com or call (847) 448-8260.

OCTOBER 2012 MAINSTAGE PRODUCTIONS

“The Verona Project,” 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19; 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20; 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25; 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26; 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27; 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1; 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2; 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3; and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. Award-winning writer and director Amanda Dehnert’s new musical “The Verona Project” is a hybrid of theatre and live concert infused with original indie-folk-rock music. A modern fable inspired by Shakespeare’s “The Two Gentleman of Verona,” the show takes an honest look at surviving love, loss and the road to adulthood. Seen through the eyes of a group of young musicians, it explores the journeys we all take and the people we eventually become. “The Verona Project” is presented by the American Music Theatre Project in association with the Theatre and Interpretation Center (TIC) at Northwestern University and is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Alumnae of Northwestern, Broadway in Chicago, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s National Fund for New Musicians. Single tickets are $30 for the general public; $27 for seniors (over 62), Northwestern faculty, staff and educators; $10 for full-time students; $5 for Northwestern students (advance purchase only, or $10 at the door). For information on discounts for groups of eight or more, contact the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282.

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE OCTOBER 2012 BROADCASTS

National Theatre Live broadcast, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,”

7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. Based on the international best-selling novel by Mark Haddon, adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott, “The Curious Incident” tells the story of a 15-year-old boy who discovers a dead dog that has been speared with a garden fork. After he becomes a suspect, the boy records each fact in his book to solve the mystery. His detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world. Single tickets are $20 for the general public and $10 for full-time students. For information on discounts for groups of eight or more, contact the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282.

“Frankenstein,” 7 and 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. Nick Dear’s new play is based on the novel by Mary Shelley. “Frankenstein” is directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (“127 Hours,” “Slumdog Millionaire”) who returned to the theatre to direct this visionary production. It features Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller in alternating roles of the Creature and Victor Frankenstein. The 7 p.m. broadcast will feature Miller in the role of the Creature and the 10:30 p.m. broadcast will feature Cumberbatch in the role of the Creature. Single tickets are $20 for the general public and $10 for full-time students. For information on discounts for groups of eight or more, contact the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282.
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