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Contact: David W. Booth, NIU School of Theatre and Dance
(815) 753-1337

June 4, 2008

School of Theatre and Dance announces 2008-09 season

DeKalb — A darkly comedic love triangle, a risky bargain with the devil and a lively debate between Picasso, Einstein and Elvis about the nature of genius are some of the storylines that will entertain audiences in the upcoming Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance 2008-2009 Subscription Series season.

The school recently announced both its mainstage Subscription Series and Studio Series season lineups, which will include a mix of comedy and tragedy on the mainstage and a lighthearted array of smaller productions for the Studio Series.

Subscriptions for either series are currently available by contacting the School of Theatre and Dance administrative office at (815) 753-1335. Subscription and Flexible Coupon Series packages are $62, and Studio Series subscriptions are $15.

“A Thurber Carnival” will head the mainstage performance schedule, opening Oct. 1. A collection of short sketches and vignettes, “A Thurber Carnival” is a revue and adpatation by American humorist James Thurber from his short stories, cartoons and essays, nearly all of which originally appeared in The New Yorker magazine.

Also opening in October, “The Revengers’ Comedies,” by Alan Ayckbourn, is a British comedy about two strangers who happen to meet on a bridge when they each contemplate suicide. Instead of jumping, they form a pact to wreak revenge on the people responsible for their misery and end up in a love triangle they never saw coming.

“Histoire du Soldat,” a performance to be read, played and danced, by Igor Stravinsky, is based on a Russian folktale about a soldier who bargains his soul to the devil.

“Rabbit Hole” by David Lindsay-Abaire is the story of two parents who mourn the loss of their child and try to find their way back to happiness, while the Henrik Ibsen classic, “Pillars of the Community,” chronicles the trials and tribulations of a corrupt businessman who faces scandal and the loss of everything if his plan to cheat his small Norwegian community is uncovered. The Ibsen play is rarely done in theaters and is one of only a few of his works that features redemption in its outcome.

The comedy “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” by comedic actor Steve Martin and the Spring Dance Concert 2009 round out the mainstage season.

A selection of new works and old classics will be featured in the smaller Stevens Building venue Corner Theatre, including: “The Exonerated,” by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen; the holiday poem “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by Dylan Thomas; and a presentation of some of the world’s best known characters and speeches in “An Evening of Classical Scenes.”

A puppet show by Jose Cruz Gonzales called “Thaddeus and ‘Tila” and the annual Storytellers Theatre fill the Studio Series production schedule.

Show dates, descriptions and full details about subscription packages are available by contacting the school at (815)753-1335 or visiting its Web site at For additional information, or to be placed on the mailing list, call the School of Theatre and Dance marketing office at (815) 753-1335.

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