Coe College offers eclectic 2009-2010 theatre season

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2009-07-13 14:45:14 - General

With something for everyone, the Coe College Department of Theatre Arts has announced its 2009-2010 season of main stage productions, directed by faculty members and featuring all-student casts. This season's offerings range from a contemporary play concerning misperceptions that can easily be made about the past, to a bawdy 17th century British Restoration comedy, to an award-winning musical set in New York City that focuses on the ultimate need for human relationships.

New for this season is the opportunity for playgoers to enjoy dinner at Clark Alumni House prior to one performance of each production, complete with a pre-performance talk given by the directors. In addition, an "early bird" discount will be given to those who book theatre and/or dinner-theatre tickets during July and August.

Coe theatre patrons can purchase individual play tickets now for $8, $6 for seniors and students. After Sept. 1, tickets will be $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. For ticket information, call 399-8619, Monday - Friday, between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (summer hours).

The dinner-theatre option will be offered on Sept. 26 ("Three Days of Rain"), Nov. 20 ("She Would if She Could"), and March 26 ("Company"). Dinner prices are $15 if booked now, and $20 if booked after Sept. 1.

All productions are being presented in the Dows Theatre on the Coe campus. Performances begin at 8 p.m., except for Sunday performances, which start at 2 p.m. This year's productions include:

"Three Days of Rain" - Sept. 25, 26, 27 and Oct. 1, 2 and 3, by Richard Greenberg, directed by Steven Marc Weiss, Coe College associate professor of theatre arts.

Uncertainties about past events and future possibilities play themselves out in this bittersweet comedy by one of America's most literate contemporary playwrights. With three actors portraying six characters who represent two generations of the same families, Greenberg counterpoints the innocent optimism of the early 1960s with the neurotic self-absorption of the mid-1990s. In the process, he shows how easily any of us can misinterpret somebody else's past.

"Three Days of Rain" premiered in 1997 and was nominated for a Pulitzer prize in drama.

"She Would if She Could" - Nov. 13, 14, 15, 19, 20 and 21, by George Etherege, directed by Dennis Barnett, Coe College associate professor of theatre arts.

This play's journey is a riotous romp through the licentious ways of 17th century London. It is the Restoration: the monarchy has been reestablished after 20 years of Puritan repression, and all the fetters have been broken. A delightful comedy of sexual dalliance and intrigue, the play displays the spirit of the time - replete with ostentatious dress, hypocritical raillery, and bawdy songs.

"Company" - March 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by George Further, 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."

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