Drama, comedy and music all featured in 2013-14 Coe Theatre season

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2013-08-05 09:09:14 - General

The Coe College 2013-14 theatre season has something for everyone - drama, comedy and music. It is an exciting mix of styles, including the poetic realism of an American prize-winning play from 2000, a British high comedy from the 1930s, and closing out with an energetic, jazz-imbued musical comedy. All three main stage productions will feature all-student casts.

Tickets for the general public are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. For ticket information, call 399-8600, Monday - Friday, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. (summer hours).

All productions are being presented in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m., except for Sunday performances, which start at 2 p.m. This year's productions include:

"Proof" - Sept. 20, 21, 22, 26, 27 and 28, written by David Auburn, directed by Coe Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Steven Marc Weiss.

David Auburn’s "Proof," which won both a Pulitzer Prize for drama and a Tony Award for best play, is fundamentally a mystery regarding the authorship of a particularly significant mathematical document. But this brilliant piece also works on a more probing psychological level, examining the link between genius and mental instability and the limited extent to which truth ultimately can be knowable.

"Blithe Spirit" - Nov. 15, 16, 17, 21, 22 and 23, written by Noel Coward, staged by guest director Peter Craze. Craze is a highly respected acting teacher, who recently retired after more than 20 years with the Drama Studio of London, where he also served as principal director for the past decade. Also highly regarded as a director, he has mounted more than 70 productions all over the world, including at West End in London, in San Francisco, and at Circle in the Square Theatre in New York City.

One of Noel Coward's most popular comedies, "Blithe Spirit" explores what might happen if a man's deceased wife returns from the grave to haunt his second marriage. Filled with erudite and witty banter, ghosts and apparitions, this delightful gem from 1941 once held the record for the longest running non-musical in London with 1,997 performances.

"City of Angels" - March 21, 22, 23, 27, 28 and 29, book by Larry Gelbart, music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by David Zippel, choreography by Carol Maxwell Rezabek, staged by Coe Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Dennis Barnett, with musical direction by Coe Associate Professor of Music Marc Falk.

In 1989, this jazzy, fast-paced musical took Broadway by storm. Today it remains one of the most unique and exciting examples of the musical form. Written by Larry Gelbert (M*A*S*H) and with music by Cy Coleman ("Sweet Charity"), this journey into the film noir, gumshoe world of the 1940s promises bountiful energy and lots of fun.

For more information, call 319-399-8600 or visit theatre.coe.edu.