Contemporary issues, comedy and romance all featured in 2014-15 Coe Theatre season

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2014-08-08 14:13:39 - General

The Coe College 2014-15 theatre season includes themes from today's headlines, as well as comedy and romance. It is a mix of the modern and the classic, including a contemporary play that investigates violence in our schools, an adaptation of a 17th-century French comedy, and a romantic comedy based on a timeless novel. 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:

"Evie's Waltz" - Sept. 19, 20, 21, 25, 26 and 27, written by Carter W. Lewis, directed by Coe Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Dennis Barnett.

The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts is proud to be one of the first colleges in the country to present this timely thriller. Though comic in tone, "Evie's Waltz" is ultimately a very serious investigation of violence in our schools. Few plays could be more timely considering the national debate concerning gun control. Coe is fortunate that the playwright, Carter W. Lewis, will be on campus for the production. He is the author of "Golf with Allen Shepard," "Picasso Does My Maps," and most recently, "The Hummingbird Wars."

"Tartuffe" - Nov. 14, 15, 16, 20, 21 and 22, written by Molière in a translation by Richard Wilbur, directed by Coe Professor of Theatre Arts Steven Marc Weiss.

A wickedly satirical 17th-century romp by one of the greatest playwrights France ever produced, "Tartuffe" epitomizes Molière’s concern with the hypocrisies of almost any era in civilized human history, and with how the gullible are capable of being duped by society’s scoundrels. Richard Wilbur's rhymed verse translation brilliantly captures the spirit of this comic masterpiece.

"Pride and Prejudice" - April 3, 4, 5, 9, 10 and 11, a romantic comedy adapted by Jon Jory from the novel of Jane Austen, staged by Coe Professor of Theatre Arts Steven Marc Weiss.

Jane Austen's timeless classic novel about the romantic entanglements of Mr. and Mrs. Bennett's five daughters springs vividly to life in Jon Jory's highly theatrical adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice." There is never a dull moment in the lives of this delightfully eccentric family.

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