Coe College announces 2007-2008 theatre season

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2007-07-13 13:10:37 - General

The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts has announced its 2007-2008 season of main stage productions, staged by faculty members and featuring all-student casts. The season's offerings range from a tragicomedy about human interaction, to a Shakespeare classic that blends romance and cynicism, to a brilliant German musical from the 1930s.

Coe theatre patrons can purchase season tickets from now through Aug. 31 to all events for $20 for the general public, $15 for students and seniors. Individual tickets will go on sale three weeks before the opening of each respective production. Prices for individual performances are $8 for adults ($10 for the musical) and $6 for students and seniors ($8 for the musical). For ticket information, call the Coe College Box Office at 319-399-8600, Monday - Friday, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

All productions are being presented in the Dows Theatre. Performances begin at 8 p.m., except for Sunday performances, which start at 2 p.m. New for this season, talkbacks with the directors and casts will be held following Thursday and Sunday performances.

This year's productions include:

"The Advertisement" – Sept. 21, 22, 23, 27, 28 and 29, by Natalia Ginzburg, directed by Dennis Barnett.

"The Advertisement" is a subtle and domestic tragicomedy about the intersection of dysfunction, dependency and romance, where obsession and betrayal depict a theme of love and relationships. The ever-changing mysteries of human interaction are carefully illustrated in this award-winning Italian play from 1965.

"All's Well That Ends Well" – Nov. 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, and 17, by William Shakespeare, directed by Steven Marc Weiss.

An inverted love story, in which a deserving, lowborn beauty exploits kingly favor and subterfuge to win the hand of the highborn man who spurns her, this remarkable and unjustly neglected play blends fairytale and romance with (perhaps not surprisingly) a heavy dose of cynicism.

"The Threepenny Opera" – March 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, and 30, book and lyrics by Bertolt Brecht, music by Kurt Weill, staged by Dennis Barnett, with musical direction by Marc Falk and choreography by Carol Maxwell Rezabek.

In this brilliant musical from the 1930s, Brecht creates a world of beggars and thieves in which there is no honor, where every character would sell out any other if an advantage is to be gained. It is a delightfully tongue-in-cheek look at the underbelly of society, where prevarication, collaboration, and bribery are the accepted strategies for acquiring power. Set in the mid-19th century in London, this classic musical comedy follows the exploits of the criminal mastermind, Mack the Knife, as he risks imprisonment and death in order to maintain his standard of living.

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