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February 10, 2010

School of Theatre and Dance presents ‘Metamorphoses’

DeKalb, Ill. — The Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance plunges headfirst into its next mainstage production, “Metamorphoses.”

In and around a pool of water, age-old tales of gods and man are re-imagined in the NIU School of Theatre and Dance’s production of Mary Zimmerman’s “Metamorphoses” at the Stevens Building O’Connell Theatre from Thursday, Feb. 18, through Sunday, Feb. 21, and from Thursday, Feb. 25, through Sunday, Feb. 28.

“Metamorphoses” is a play based on David R. Slavitt’s free-verse translation of the narrative poem of the same title by the Roman poet Ovid. Zimmerman’s version is the modern retelling of eight Greek and Roman myths which focus on the universal themes of love, life and change. The large pool of water at center stage highlights director Ann Filmer’s artistic vision and focus on the importance of transformation in the play.

“There is nothing more visually transforming than water,” says Filmer. “It is never still, it is always moving. It is reflective, yet unlike a mirror, it shows us ourselves in movement.”

Filmer challenged the cast physically and creatively, even requiring that they utilize skills a handful of the actors learned while studying abroad with the Moscow Theatre Art School in Russia last semester.

“Directors must always use what the actors bring,” she says. “Their new skills were inspiring to the whole cast. In Russia, they learned how to be unafraid of their bodies and use them to make shapes and lifts. They learned how to bear weight on each other and trust. We are using many of these movement sequences in the show.”

“Working on this show I really like how we all had a say in putting it together. Ann really gave us artistic freedom in rehearsals with letting our creative imaginations go further than what we would usually allow it to go,” states cast member Jeremy Staple.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets can be purchased at the Stevens Building O’Connell Theatre box office, located on the DeKalb campus behind the Pizza Hut and McDonald’s restaurants on West Lincoln Hwy. from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 2 p.m. Friday and one hour before productions.

Tickets also can be ordered by phone at (815) 753-1600 or online at www.niu.edu/theatre. Tickets cost $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and $8 for students. More information and ticket reservations are available by contacting the Stevens Building Box Office at (815) 753-1600. Visit the School of Theatre and Dance Web site at http://www.niu.edu/theatre.

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Media Contact: David W. Booth/Kathryn McCord, NIU School of Theatre and Dance
Phone: (815) 753-1337
Email: dbooth1@niu.edu