Contact: David W. Booth, NIU School of Theatre and Dance
June 16, 2009
DeKalb, Ill. — The legend of Don Juan, a Noel Coward poke at marriage, divorce and social conventions, an absurdist comedy and a sampling of Greek myths are only a few of the live theater productions that the Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance will present as part of its upcoming 2009-2010 Subscription and Studio Series seasons.
The school recently announced both its new series lineups, which will also include a cabaret-style variety show, the debut of two never-performed works, a musical review and a puppet show.
The Subscription Series mainstage performance schedule kicks off Sept. 24 with a musical review of the lyrics and music of cultural satirist Tom Lehrer. “Tomfoolery” is a collection of 28 of Lehrer’s irreverent and witty jabs at just about everything.
“The Trickster of Seville and His Guest of Stone” opens Oct. 22. Not simply a vainglorious lover in this tale, Don Juan is a notorious trickster who seduces women by presenting a false identity to his victims. Certain that he will never be caught, Don Juan dares the wrong person to return from the dead to defend one victim’s honor. The play is a translation by Roy Campbell of what is widely accepted as the first rendition of the 17th century Don Juan legend by Tirso de Molina.
Opening on Nov. 19, Fall Dance Concert 2009 will present several dance pieces representing a wide range of dance styles and techniques. The concert will feature a modern piece, “How Slow the Wind,” based on the poem of the same name by Emily Dickinson.
“Private Lives” is a Noel Coward comedy about the hypocrisies and pretensions of manners, social conventions and romance. A high-society divorced couple bump into each other at a hotel while honeymooning with their new spouses – they somehow manage to justify running off together to try again. The play runs Jan. 28 through Feb. 7, 2010.
Opening Feb. 18, “Metamorphoses” is the modern retelling of eight Greek myths and morality plays from Ovid’s epic poem of the same name. The stories include the legends of King Midas, Pomona and Vertumnus, Phaeton and Apollo and Eros and Psyche. Incorporating the production’s most unique feature, all the ancient tales are told in and around a pool of water on stage.
“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” by Tom Stoppard, elaborates on the trials and tribulations of two relatively minor and stupefied characters from the play, Hamlet, thereby turning Shakespeare’s tragedy into what has been referred to as one of the finest examples of theater of the absurd. It runs March 25 through April 11.
Modern dance work “Carmina Burana” opens next April 22, and concludes the mainstage season. It combines the music, words and movement of classical Greek tragedy with Italian Baroque musical theater to follow the exploits of monks and troubadours of medieval Europe who have forsaken their frocks for a life of wild abandon.
The seven-show Subscription Series packages are on sale now for $72 and are available by calling the School of Theatre and Dance at (815) 753-1335. An “early bird” price of $62 applies if purchased before July 31. Subscriptions for the Studio Series lineup of six shows cost $15. For show dates, descriptions and complete details, or a copy of the 2009-2010 season brochure, call the school or visit http://www.niu.edu/theatre.
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