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It took a British playwright and satirist named Peter Barnes to find humor in one of the darkest events in all of human history. Opening Thursday, March 26, the NIU School of Theatre and Dance presents Barnes’ “Red Noses,” a darkly comedic take on the five-year period when the Bubonic Plague, or Black Death, decimated...
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“Wickedly funny and intensely dark,” is how director Kay Martinovich describes the upcoming Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance production of Martin McDonagh’s “A Skull in Connemara,” opening Thursday, Jan. 29. Faculty member Martinovich is well-suited to direct a play by an Irish playwright, as she has spent the majority of her professional...
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Improvisational comedy debuts at NIU’s School of Theatre and Dance with its Studio Series presentation of Storytellers Theatre Improv, opening Thursday, Dec. 4. The show replaces the originally scheduled “Many Voices, Many Lands: Storytellers Theatre” and blends the format of the former Storytellers Theatre with the comedic style of improv. Instead of the usual well-rehearsed...
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Ready for a bit of musical theater insanity? The Tony Award-winning musical by Peter Weiss, “Marat/Sade,” which opens Thursday, Oct. 23, presents the story of inmates in a lunatic asylum who want to present a play about an assassination. Several years after the end of the French Revolution, the inmates of the lunatic asylum of...
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The NIU School of Theatre and Dance will perform playwright Jean Anouilh’s “Antigone” as the first production of its 2014-2015 Studio Series of plays. Directed by Patricia Skarbinski, “Antigone” is an adaption of the classic Sophocles play that shares its name. It opens Thursday, Oct. 16, on the NIU DeKalb campus. Sophocles’ “Antigone” is a...
Time Stands Still
For its first offering of its 2014-15 Mainstage Series season, the NIU School of Theatre and Dance will present “Time Stands Still” by Pulitzer-winning playwright David Margulies. Directed by faculty member Patricia Ridge, “Time Stands Still” takes place against a backdrop of the war in Iraq, though it is not a story about warfare or...
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NIU School of Theatre and Dance alumna Charlotte Kate Fox (MFA ’13), who’s hit it big in Japan, is the cover star of the current issue of Backstage magazine. “When Fox submitted for the role of Ellie in the Japanese television drama ‘Massan,’ about the founder of Japan’s whiskey industry, Masataka Taketsuru, and his wife,...
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“One would think that Shakespeare had the college audience in mind when developing ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost,’ a play about young adults torn between a life of the mind and a life of pleasure,” says Lara Crowley, an NIU assistant professor of English. Opening Thursday, April 10, in the Holmes Student Center Diversions Lounge, the School...
Charlotte Fox
Charlotte Kate Fox, who just graduated last year from the NIU School of Theatre and Dance with a master’s degree in fine arts, is already making a mark in the acting world. The 28-year-old New Mexico native will star in a morning serial drama in Japan and has already performed in a number of professional...
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“It’s true that it’s a coming of age story, but it’s a little more than that. It’s the coming of age story of an artist,” Director Patricia Skarbinski said about her upcoming theater production, “Look Homeward, Angel,” based on the novel of the same name by author Thomas Wolfe. Opening Thursday, March 27, the Northern...
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The NIU Music Building resounds with music and excitement on Saturday, March 15, as the NIU Community School of the Arts presents its 11th Performathon. All funds raised are used for arts scholarships for young people in the community. Featuring about 50 musicians of all ages, the Performathon is the community school’s major fundraising event...
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NIU’s School of Theatre and Dance will present “Intimate Apparel” by award winning playwright Lynne Nottage. The play runs Thursday, Feb. 13, through Sunday, Feb. 16, in the Holmes Student Center Diversion Lounge on the NIU campus. Performances will start at 7:30 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Set in 1905 New...
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