Corner Theatre to stage ‘Actor’s Fantasty’

Photo of a heart torn in twoTwo couples, two big problems in two one-act plays.

Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance presents the first Studio Series production of the 2011-2012 season with “The Actor’s Fantasy,” two one-act plays by Harold Pinter and Horton Foote.

Performances are scheduled in the Stevens Building Corner Theatre from Thursday, Oct. 13, through Sunday, Oct 16. Show times are 7:30 p.m. weekdays and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

A 4 a.m. phone call is the catalyst in Pinter’s “The Collection,” a witty and unsettling account of suspicion and betrayal within two relationships. Deception and trust are explored in this unique tale of uncertainty between two couples.

In the second play, Foote’s take on relationships is from the viewpoint of a slightly younger generation.

“The Dancers” is the story of young teens faced with the anxiety of a first date and the meddling of parents who try to force them through their inadequacies. The all-important school dance is looming upon main character, Horace, as he tries to decide whom to ask to be his date — the prettiest girl in school or the girl whom he shares a deep connection.

The performance is directed by School of Theatre and Dance professor Rick Poole.

Tickets can be purchased at the Stevens Building Box Office and only available one hour before curtain. All tickets are $5.

Call (815) 753-1600 for more information.

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