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Coe Theatre Department to present the musical "Company"

Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2010-03-05 08:43:03 - General

The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will present an award-winning musical set in New York City that focuses on the ultimate need for human relationships. "Company" will run March 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, and 27 in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus. All performances begin at 8 p.m. except for the Sunday, March 21 performance, which starts at 2 p.m.

New for this season is the opportunity for playgoers to enjoy dinner at Clark Alumni House prior to the production on Friday, March 26, complete with a pre-performance talk given by the directors.

Coe theatre patrons can purchase tickets for $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. The dinner option is $20. For play and/or dinner ticket information, call the Coe Box Office at 399-8600, Monday - Friday, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

"Company" is based on the book by George Furth with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Featuring an all-student cast, the production is staged by Coe College Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Steven Marc Weiss, with musical direction by Coe Music Professor William Carson and choreography by Coe dance instructor Carol Maxwell Rezabek.

"One's impossible, two is dreary, three is company, safe and cheery." On his 35th birthday in the Big Apple, desirable bachelor Bobby is forced to examine his resistance to wedlock, when all his friends are either married or getting married. In Sondheim's 1970s breakthrough musical, extensively revised in the 1990s, Bobby learns (or does he?) that, while relationships aren't perfect, they are a necessary part of "Being Alive."

The original Broadway production of "Company" received numerous prestigious honors, including Tony Awards for "Best Musical," "Best Book of a Musical," "Best Original Score," and "Best Lyrics."

For more information, call 399-8600 or visit theatre.coe.edu.