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These Shining Lives

Written by Melanie Marnich; Directed by Sarah Butts

These Shining Lives takes as a lens the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. Catherine Donohue and her friends have loving families and good jobs painting glow-in-the-dark watch faces at Chicago's Radium Dial Company, and the 1920s seem full of promise. The war is over, the economy booming, and Catherine bobs her hair and treats the girls to banana splits to celebrate their new prosperity. The tragedy comes when Catherine and her colleagues begin falling ill, one by one, with mystifying ailments. When the cause of their symptoms finally becomes clear, Catherine and her friends must find a way to deal with their own inconvenient truth: that the job they love has betrayed them. This is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as these women refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits or endanger the lives of those who come after them.

Performances @ Humanities Hall Little Theatre:

Opens: Saturday, 21 November at 8:00 pm

Sunday, 22 November at 2:00 pm

Wednesday, 2 December at 7:30 pm

Thursday, 3 December at 8:00 pm

Friday, 4 December at 8:00 pm

Saturday, 5 December at 2:00 pm and 8:00pm

Closes: Sunday, 6 December at 2:00 pm

Clybourne Park

Written by Bruce Norris; Directed by Leslie Ishii

A spin-off of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, this razor-sharp satire examines race and real estate in a fictional Chicago neighborhood. At the heart of this Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a house, acting as the locus of reactions to the shifting racial landscape of a community. In act one, the house is being sold in 1959; following a family tragedy, a white couple is selling their home in a suburban Chicago neighborhood, and their neighbors are dismayed to learn that the buyers are African-American. In the second act, in 2009, the house is again being sold; this time, a white couple is purchasing the home from an African-American couple, and the two butt heads over showing respect for a neighborhood that has become largely African-American. These two racially charged transactions tell the story of a home and a neighborhood, while exploring the broader elements of personal and national history people choose to hang onto, even within the ever-shifting boundaries of our cultural landscape.

Performances @ Robert Cohen Theatre:

Opens: Saturday, 30 January at 8:00 pm

Sunday, 31 January at 2:00 pm

Wednesday, 3 February at 7:30 pm

Thursday, 4 February at 8:00 pm

Friday, 5 February at 8:00 pm

Saturday, 6 February at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm

Closes: Sunday, 7 February at 2:00 pm

 

Woyzeck

Written by Georg Buchner; Directed by Andrew Borba

Having fathered an illegitimate child with his lover Marie, feckless soldier Franz Woyzeck takes odd jobs around his small town to provide some extra money for them. One of these is volunteering for experiments conducted by a local doctor, who puts Woyzeck on a diet of peas; this serves to drive him to the brink of madness, and the discovery that Marie is conducting an affair with the local drum major exacerbates the situation. Pushed too far, Woyzeck resorts to violence. Based on the true story of Johann Christian Woyzeck, a lowly soldier in Leipzig, Germany, this remains one of the most enigmatic and influential works of modern theatre. The exploration of the dehumanizing tests Woyzeck was put through to determine if he should be held responsible for his actions, and the implications of these tests, provide the impetus of Buchner's episodic and radically innovative play.

Performances @ Claire Trevor Theatre:

Opens: Saturday, 5 March at 8:00 pm

Sunday, 6 March at 2:00 pm

Wednesday, 9 March at 7:30 pm

Thursday, 10 March at 8:00 pm

Friday, 11 March at 8:00 pm

Saturday, 12 March at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm

Closes: Sunday, 13 March at 2:00 pm

An Enemy of the People

Written by Henrik Ibsen; Directed by Jane Page

The future is looking bright in Dr. Stockmann's hometown on the coast of southern Norway. At his urging, the town has built therapeutic Baths, which will invite tourists and their dollars. However, trouble arrives when the Doctor discovers that the water of the Baths is teeming with bacteria, guaranteed to make everyone sick. Ridiculed and persecuted by the townsfolk for his honesty, he is declared an "enemy of the people." This classic Ibsen text explores the intersection of standing alone to tell an uncomfortable truth versus bowing to the corruption of a complacent majority. It also questions whether there is even such a thing as absolute truth; in Ibsen's words, "A normally constituted truth lives-let us say-as a rule, seventeen or eighteen years, at the outside twenty, very seldom more. And truths so patriarchal as that are always shockingly emaciated."

Performances @ Humanities Hall Little Theatre:

Saturday, 30 April at 8:00 pm

Sunday, 1 May at 2:00 pm

Wednesday, 4 May at 7:30 pm

Thursday, 5 May at 8:00 pm

Friday, 6 May at 8:00 pm

Saturday, 7 May at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm

Sunday, 8 May at 2:00 pm

 

Evita

Music by Andrew Lloyd Weber; Lyrics by Tim Rice; Directed by Travis Kendrick; Music Direction by Daniel Gary Busby

One of the most popular musicals of the modern era, Evita is the story of Argentina's controversial First Lady, Eva Peron. The play opens with her awe-inspiring funeral - attended by seven million devoted followers - and takes the audience back through the previous ten years, explaining how a B-movie actress became the object of such passionate and zealous devotion. This semi-staged concert version of the full musical score takes us from Eva's humble beginnings in rural Argentina in the 1930s, through her impoverished years and eventual success as an actress in Buenos Aires, to her eventual place by the side of president Juan Peron as the beloved yet politically polarizing figure of "Evita." The original Broadway production of Evita was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Performances@ Irvine Barclay Theatre:

Friday, 27 May at 8:00 pm

Saturday, 28 May at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm