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Category: Theatre
Truth and Lies
Tony Award-winning playwright Tom Stoppard ambitiously examines the blurry lines between authentic love and artifice in “The Real Thing,” which opens the second half of the 2015-2016 Mainstage Series season. Using a play within a play structure, Stoppard keeps his audience guessing as to which characters are supposed to be real, and which characters are...
Women In To Light
The NIU School of Theatre and Dance will present “Women In To Light,” in conjunction with the annual Freshman BFA Showcase from Wednesday, Dec. 2, through Sunday, Dec. 6. “Women In To Light” is directed by NIU faculty member Kay Martinovich, who describes the work as “devised” because she and the all-female cast created it...
NIU dance student and professor
The Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance Fall 2015 Dance Concert will showcase the training and many talents of the student dancers in the school’s dance performance program. Opening Thursday, Nov. 19, the concert will feature six performance pieces with multiple styles of dance each of the four consecutive nights. “Classical dancing mixed...
Shakespeare
The Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance upcoming Studio Series play, “Measure for Measure,” by William Shakespeare, is a dark comedy written by the most important playwright of the English Renaissance, according to its director, Alex Gelman. “It’s one of the greatest,” Gelman says, “written by one of the greatest ever.” Opening Thursday,...
Three women sitting on a bench
“It’s about an old world dying and a new one being born,” Director Patricia Skarbinski says about the NIU School of Theatre and Dance upcoming play, “Three Sisters,” by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov. Opening Thursday, Oct. 22, “Three Sisters” tells the story of the Prozorov sisters – Olga, Masha and Irina – and their brother,...
The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer
NIU’s School of Theatre and Dance will present the powerful drama, “The Normal Heart” by Larry Kramer, as its first Studio Series production of the 2015-2016 season. Opening Thursday, Oct. 8, the play is set against the historical backdrop of the initial discovery of HIV/AIDS in New York City in the early 1980s. It recounts Jewish-American...
DVD cover: “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
The Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance opens its 2015-2016 Mainstage Series season Thursday, Sept. 24, with a theatrical production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” by Edward Albee. Faculty member Kendra Holton will direct the 20th century dramatic comedy that many critics have hailed as containing the best dialogue written for the...
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Edward Albee, Tom Stoppard, Noel Coward and Anton Chekov are a just a few of the world’s best-known playwrights featured in the Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance’s upcoming 2015-2016 Mainstage and Studio Series season schedules. The Mainstage Series begins Thursday, Sept. 24, with “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Albee’s hilarious yet disturbing...
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The NIU School of Theatre and Dance’s Third Onion project will present the world premiere of the play, “Penny” – “a love story that no words could tell,” says its author, Nico Fernandez. Fernandez, a BFA in acting candidate at NIU, is enthusiastic about performing his play. “This is a project that has been with me...
An NIU dance student
Opening Thursday, April 23, the NIU School of Theatre and Dance Spring 2015 Dance Concert will feature an iconic work by the world-renowned Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, “Spent Days Out Yonder,” set on and performed by dancers from the school. This performance of “Spent Days Out Yonder” was made possible by a grant...
NIU School of Theatre and Dance: Comedy of Errors
“At the time, it must have been the best situation comedy ever written,” director David Frank says about the Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance upcoming Studio Series play, “The Comedy of Errors,” by William Shakespeare. Opening Thursday, March 19, “The Comedy of Errors” is a timeless story of two sets of identical...
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The Third Onion, a student-initiated and produced performance program of Northern Illinois University’s School of Theatre and Dance, will premiere an original play, “The Porno Factory.” Performances are scheduled at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26, and Saturday, March 28, in Holmes Student Center Diversions Lounge Theatre. The play stars its author, NIU writing instructor Loren...
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