A delightful midwinterâs night dream, a Steve Martin adaptation of a classic farce and a tender story of a youth coming of age are a few of the plays that comprise the schedule for the Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Danceâs upcoming 2013-2014 Mainstage Series season.
The Mainstage Series will include âThe Emigrantsâ by Polish dramatist, Slawomir Mrozek, âAlmost, Maineâ by John Cariani, Fall Dance Concert 2013, âThe Underpantsâ by comedian, Steve Martin, âWoyzeckâ by George Buchner,âLook Homeward, Angelâ by Ketti Frings and the Spring Dance Concert 2014.
Due to renovation of the schoolâs home base, the Stevens Building and its three theaters, all Mainstage shows for the next two years will be performed at Huntley Middle School, 1515 S. Fourth St. on DeKalbâs south side.
The Studio Series will present âLysistrata,â by Aristophanes, Storytellers Theatre and Freshman Showcase, âIntimate Apparelâ by Lynn Nottage, âWintertime,â by Charles Mee and âLoves Labors Lost,â one of William Shakespeareâs early comedies.
Studio Series shows will be performed in the Holmes Student Center Diversions Lounge, at the center of the NIU campus.
The Mainstage Series begins Thursday, Sept. 26, with âThe Emigrantsâ (1974). A remount of the Organic Theater Company production in Chicago this past summer, the play will be performed by the professional company members, Josh Anderson and Joel Huff. âThe Emigrantsâ explores themes of individual power and freedom from the perspective of characters who have fled their unnamed European country in search of both.
Beginning Thursday, Oct. 17, is âAlmost, Maine.â Written by Tony Award-nominated actor John Cariani (âLaw and Orderâ) as audition pieces for himself, âAlmost, Maineâ is 11 linked vignettes about romantic love and all its pathos, bruised knees and broken hearts, as well as its romance, heartfelt connections and hope.
The first dance production of the season opens Thursday, Nov. 21, with the Fall Dance Concert. SoTD dancers will perform various styles of dance, to include the ballet âLes Sylphidesâ and two modern compositions.
âThe Underpantsâ begins the Spring 2014 semester Thursday, Jan. 30. Martinâs play is an adaptation of the Carl Sternheimâs farce, âDie Hose,â written in 1910. Set in Dusseldorf, Germany, Louise Maske inadvertently drops her ill-fitting drawers in the middle of the town square during a parade to honor the king. âThe Underpantsâ is a cheeky satire and social commentary about scandal and celebrity.
Opening Thursday, Feb. 20, âWoyzeck,â written by George Buchner, was based on a real person, Johann Christian Woyzeck, a poor German wig maker, hairdresser and ex-soldier who was widely in the news in 1824 for killing his female companion in a jealous rage.
âLook Homeward, Angelâ opens Thursday, March 27. An adaptation by Frings of Thomas Wolfeâs semi-autobiographical first novel of the same name, âLook Homeward, Angelâ is an authentic American classic, and a powerful-yet-tender play about a youth coming of age.
The seasonâs final production, the Spring Dance Concert 2014, opens Thursday, April 24. This show will feature many facets of dance expression, including modern, ballet, experimental and jazz.
All shows are at 7:30 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Subscription packages to both the seven-show 2013-2014 Mainstage Series and Studio Series shows, a 2013-2014 season brochure and additional performance details are all available by contacting the School of Theatre and Dance box office at (815) 753-1600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.