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November 2012 Theatre/Dance Calendar

Last chance to see AMTP’s “The Verona Project,” NTLive broadcast and “Junie B. Jones”

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October 22, 2012 | by Judy Moore
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Four Northwestern University ensemble members.

EVANSTON, Ill. --- “The Verona Project,” award-winning writer and director Amanda Dehnert’s new indie-folk-rock musical, running through Nov. 4 at the Josephine Louis Theatre,  is a modern fable inspired by Shakespeare’s comedy “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.” 

The 2012-13 Mainstage season opener is presented by the American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) in association with the Theatre and Interpretation Center  (TIC) at Northwestern University.

“You Can’t Take It With You,” George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s quirky comedy, directed by William Brown, will be staged from Nov. 9 to 18, at the Ethel M. Barber Theater. TIC also will present a one-night-only screening of the 1938 film, “You Can’t Take It With You,” on Nov. 12.

The 2012-13 Imagine U Family Series opens Nov. 9 to 18 at the Mussetter-Struble Theater with Allison Gregory’s “Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells.” Directed by Henry Godinez, the show is based on the Junie B. Jones books by Barbara Park and is recommended for children aged 5 to 10 and their families.

TIC will host Tuesday night National Theatre Live (NTLive) broadcasts of two hit London productions in November. “The Last of the Haussmans,” Stephen Beresford’s funny and touching new play about a family that is losing its grip, will be broadcast Nov. 13 at the Louis Theater. Shakespeare’s “Timon of Athens,” featuring Simon Russell Beale in the title role, will be broadcast Nov. 27 at the Barber Theater.

The Northwestern University New Movement Project’s annual Fall Dance Concert, Nov. 9 to 17 at the Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center, will showcase the dance works of nine student choreographers.

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; the Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive; or the Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center, 10 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. 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.

NOVEMBER 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; 8:30 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, Northwestern University, 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 Gentlemen 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). Tickets may be purchased at www.VeronaNU.com or through the TIC box office at (847) 491-7282. For information on discounts for groups of eight or more, contact the TIC box office at (847) 491-7282.

“You Can’t Take It With You” stage production, 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9; 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10; 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15; 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16; 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Northwestern University, Evanston campus. A quirky, colorful play written by comedy masters George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, “You Can’t Take It With You” follows the happily dysfunctional and perfectly mad Sycamore family. When Tony Kirby, Alice Sycamore’s handsome fiancé, and his straight-laced, overly conservative parents come to the Sycamore household for dinner on the wrong night, the house immediately explodes with chaotic hilarity.  Directed by Jeff Award-winner William Brown, this endearingly eccentric play reminds us that happiness cannot be bought. This production is supported in part by a grant from the Alumnae of Northwestern. Single tickets for the play are $25 for the general public; $22 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).

Special one-night-only screening of the 1938 film, “You Can’t Take It With You,” 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, Josephine Louis Theatre, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Northwestern University, Evanston campus. Directed by Frank Capra and starring Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart and Edward Arnold, tickets for the film screening are $10 general public and $5 for full-time students.

IMAGINE U FAMILY SERIES NOVEMBER 2012 PRODUCTION

“Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells,” 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10; 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11; 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17; and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, Mussetter-Struble Theater, 1949 Campus Drive, Northwestern University, Evanston campus. Junie B. loves Christmas. A lot.  She loves the presents, elf costumes, presents, Santa and, of course, presents. Only one thing could ruin her holiday joy: blabbermouth May and her tattling ways. When Junie B. pulls out May’s name for the Secret Santa exchange, can she salvage her holiday spirit, or will she let May know exactly what she thinks of her? Presented by TIC’s Imagine U Family Series, “Junie B.” is recommended for children aged 5 to 10 and their families. Each performance includes an opportunity for children to talk afterwards with the cast. Audience members are encouraged to bring books to be signed by the performers after the show. Take-home programs filled with activities, art projects, fun facts and games will be given to all children in the audience. Single tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for children under 18; $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 NOVEMBER 2012 BROADCASTS

The Theatre and Interpretation Center at Northwestern University’s National Theatre Live broadcasts are sponsored by a generous grant from the Alumnae of Northwestern and presented in partnership with
 By Experience, 
Arts Council England and 
AVIVA. For more information, visit www.tic.northwestern.edu.

National Theatre Live broadcast, “The Last of the Haussmans,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Northwestern University, Evanston campus. Anarchic, feisty but growing old, high society drop-out Judy Haussman remains in spirit with the Ashrams of the 1960s while holding court in her dilapidated Art Deco house on England’s Devon coast. After an operation, her wayward offspring, a sharp-eyed granddaughter, the local doctor and a troubled teenager who makes use of the family’s crumbling swimming pool, join her. Featuring Julie Walters (“Mamma Mia!” “Harry Potter”), Rory Kinnear (“Hamlet”) and Helen McCrory (“The Queen,” “Hugo”), Beresford’s eagerly anticipated new play is a funny, touching and sometimes savage portrait of a family that’s losing its grip.

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.

National Theatre Live broadcast, “Timon of Athens,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Northwestern University, Evanston campus. Simon Russell Beale (“London Assurance,” “Collaborators”) takes the title role in Shakespeare’s strange fable of consumption, debt and ruin, written in collaboration with Thomas Middleton. Freeloaders and sycophants surround Timon of Athens, a wealthy friend to the rich and powerful, patron of the arts and ostentatious host. Vastly outspending his resources, he calls upon his associates for help, who in turn hang him out to dry. After a final, vengeful banquet, Timon withdraws to a literal and emotional wasteland, pouring curses on a morally bankrupt Athens. 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.

DANCE

New Movement Project, Fall Dance Concert, 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9; 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10; 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15; 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16; and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, Ballroom Studio, Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center, 10 Arts Circle Drive, Northwestern University, Evanston campus. An annual fall dance concert presented by New Movement Project, a Northwestern student dance organization, will feature the choreography of senior dance majors Parker Murphy, Sophia Rafiqi, Margaret Tudor, Suzanne Hutt, Alaya Turnbough, Jennifer Keats-Snow, Rachel Molinaro, Joshua Rubietta and Ross Flores. General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children and students. Tickets are available through the Theatre and Interpretation Center box office by calling (847) 491-7282.

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