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From an overgrown garden in England to a post-apocalyptic world and more, unusual tales told in unique ways are set for the 2018-2019 Department of Theatre season at Northern Arizona University.
“We will add our special touches to a season that includes far-reaching topics told with compassion, joy and humor,” says Theatre Chair and Director Kathleen M. McGeever.
The season launches with the children’s classic The Secret Garden, a universal story for all ages that conveys the magic of theatre.
The Secret Garden by Pam Sterling, Directed by Robert Yowell. Performed in the Clifford E. White Theater at 6 p.m. October 12; 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. October 13; 2 p.m. October 14; 6 p.m. October 19; 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. October 20, and 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. October 21. *Note the adjusted curtain times for family viewing.
This beloved children’s classic is about a lonely and spirited orphan, Mary Lennox, who leaves her Colonial India home to live with her reclusive uncle in the Yorkshire Moors of England. Her life is about to change along with her companions Colin, her Yorkshire maid, Martha, Martha’s brother Dickon, a crusty old gardener, and a robin.
In November, Theatre produces All in the Timing – a masterpiece written by David Ives.
All in the Timing by David Ives, Directed by David Weynand. Performed in the Studio Theater at 7:30 p.m. November 16; 7:30 p.m. November 17; 2 p.m. November 18; 7:30 p.m. November 29; 7:30 p.m. November 30; 7:30 p.m. December 1 and 2 p.m. December 2.
David Ives renowned wit shines radiantly in his critically acclaimed, award-winning evening of comedy shorts that combine intelligent satire, concentration of thought, precision and poetry. An evening of hilarious fun that The New York Times called, “Theatre that aerobicizes the brain and tickles the heart.”
After winter break, enjoy The Effect, a “crackling good play about love, medicine and morals,” said the New York Daily News.
The Effect by Lucy Prebble, Directed by Christina Gutierrez-Dennehy. Performed in the Studio Theater at 7:30 p.m. February 22; 7:30 p.m. February 23; 2 p.m. February 24; 7:30 p.m. February 28; 7:30 p.m. March 1; 7:30 p.m. March 2 and 2 p.m. March 3.
The Effect is a funny, moving and vibrant story—a theatrical exploration into the human brain via the heart. The play tells the story of two young volunteers who agree to take part in a clinical drug trial, but as life would have it, they succumb to love, which throws off the research and frustrates the clinicians involved in the study.
The Simpsons television show inspired Mr. Burns — A Post-Electric Play, featuring a dark game of “telephone” with mythic proportions.
Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play by Ann Washburn, Music by Michael Friedman, Lyrics by Anne Washburn, Directed by Kathleen M. McGeever. Performed in the Clifford E. White Theater at 7:30 p.m. April 19; 7:30 p.m. April 20; 2 p.m. April 21; 7:30 p.m. April 25; 7:30 p.m. April 26, 7:30 p.m. April 27, and 2 p.m. April 28.
Mr. Burns is an imaginative, dark comedy takes us on an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another. The USA has experienced a widespread and catastrophic nuclear plant failure that has destroyed the country and its electrical grid. After the disaster, a group of five survivors gather around a fire and recount the The Simpsons’ television episode entitled “Cape Feare.” As the survivors attempt to remember the events of the episode, they discover that memory is unreliable, disagreeing over who said what and how the show’s significant punch lines were worded. Playwright, Ann Washburn asks why and how stories are told, and how they mutate over time: “What will endure when the cataclysm arrives—when the grid fails, society crumbles, and we’re faced with the task of rebuilding?”
Tickets are $8 for youth (Season Pass $25,) $12 for seniors (Season Pass $40.), $14 for adults (Season Pass $50.) Season Tickets at 928.523.5661, or on the web at nau.edu/cto. Parking for non-weekend performances can be downloaded at nau.edu/guest.
NAU Theatre Season Bonus Projects:
NAU Theatre Design, Performance, Research Expo, from 2 to 5 p.m. from 10/17 – 10/18, in the Studio Theater. Free and open to the public.
A Festival of One Acts: Student directed, Coordinated by Bob Yowell, Kathleen M. McGeever and Christina Gutierrez-Dennehy. 7 p.m. December 6, 7 and 8, in the Studio Theatre. Free and open to the public.
Literature Alive Showcase: Student performances coordinated by Robert Yowell. 7:30 p.m. April 5 and 6, in the Studio Theater. Free and open to the public.
Bodies in Motion Showcase: Student performances coordinated by Rebecca Whitehurst. 7:30 p.m. May 2 and 3 in the Studio Theater. Free and open to the public.
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