Popular musical, environmental issues and classic comedy featured in 2015-16 Coe Theatre season

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

2015-08-12 09:55:01 - General

2015-2016 Coe College Theatre SeasonThe Coe College 2015-16 theatre season includes a popular contemporary musical, a work written by an accomplished Iowa playwright, and a Shakespearean classic. With something for everyone, the season is a mix of the modern and the classic, including some of the most-recognized musical numbers scored by Stephen Sondheim, a contemporary drama centered on an impending environmental disaster, and a beloved comedy drawn from ancient Greek history and English folk legends. 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 ($12 and $10 for "Merrily We Roll Along"). Tickets may be purchased online at coe.edu/boxoffice or by calling the Cox Box Office at 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:

"Merrily We Roll Along" - Nov. 6, 7, 8, 12, 13 and 14, book by George Furth, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, directed by Coe Professor of Theatre Arts Steven Marc Weiss, musical direction by Michelle Perrin Blair and Coe Assistant Professor of Music Loralee Songer, choreography by Carol Maxwell Rezabek.

The years do roll along, but backward, in this musical loosely based on a 1930s play by George Kaufman and Moss Hart. Updated to span the years 1957 to 1976, the subject is fame and how it can ruin the lives of individuals and sour their most precious and valuable friendships. The exceptionally strong Sondheim score includes some of his most brilliant musical numbers - including "Not a Day Goes By," "Old Friends," "Good Thing Going," "Our Time," "Now You Know," and the title song, "Merrily We Roll Along."

"I Dreamed the Last Diamond Darter" - Feb. 5, 6, 7, 11, 12 and 13, written by Lisa Schlesinger, directed by Coe Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Dennis Barnett.

A girl and a fish. A fork of the river. An impending environmental disaster. What happens when something or someone is about to disappear? Forever? The Coe Theatre Department is excited to present this original work by one of Iowa's most highly regarded playwrights, many of whose works have been produced throughout the U.S. and the world.

"A Midsummer Night’s Dream" - April 8, 9, 10, 14, 15 and 16, written by William Shakespeare, staged by Coe Professor of Theatre Arts Steven Marc Weiss.

One of the bard's most beloved comedies, "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" conjures a unique world that draws inspiration from such diverse sources as ancient Greek history, Ovid's Metamorphosis, and English folk legends. Theseus, Duke of Athens, is making plans for his marriage to the queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta, whom he has conquered in battle. During the course of one overnight, a wondrously hilarious sequence of events ensues, playing out in tandem with a colossal quarrel between Oberon and Titania, the king and queen of the fairies.

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