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Theatre and Dance Main Stage Season Schedule

October 10, 2007

A handsome drifter, a blond bombshell, an arrogant dictator, and an unlikely feminist are just a few of the characters featured in this season’s main stage productions from department of theatre and dance.

Henrik Ibsen’s ground-breaking drama, “A Doll’s House” opens the season. Set in Victorian Copenhagen, the play explores the role of women in a changing society, and asks the question, “In the 128 years since this play was written, has the social and political status of women really changed?” Oct.10-14, Johnson Theatre.

November brings a lively musical fresh from Broadway featuring the songs of Elvis Presley and book by Jo DiPietro. “All Shook Up” is about a small Midwestern town that gets turned upside down when a stranger rumbles in with a smokin’ guitar and some scandalous dance moves. Rife with nostalgia, “All Shook Up” features Presley ballads, love songs, and classic dance numbers that will have everybody’s feet tapping. Nov. 7-11, Johnson Theatre.

The fall semester closes with “Midwives,” an intimate drama set in rural Vermont. “Midwives,” by Dana Yeaton, based on the novel by Chris Bohjalian, explores the personal costs paid when our choices profoundly affect the welfare of others. Nov. 28- Dec. 2, Hennessy Theatre.

In 2008, the spring semester opens with Ken Ludwig’s “Shakespeare in Hollywood,” a rollicking farce set in 1930’s Hollywood. Shakespeare’s most famous fairies, Oberon and Puck, have magically materialized on a movie set, and are dazzled by the glamour of show biz. Toss in a love triangle, mistaken identities, and a movie mogul, and let the merrymaking begin. Feb. 20-24, Johnson Theatre.

In April, the UNH Dance Company double bill features original pieces created for UNH by Professors C. Laurence Robertson and Gay Nardone. Dinéhtah, which is Navajo for “land of the people,’ is a classic ballet infused with Native American dance and music. Dinéhtah tells the story of a young man and a rebellious young Navajo woman’s spiritual journey of self discovery.

“Puttin’ on the Ritz” is a nod to old Hollywood glitz and glamour as Fred and Ginger glide across the floor, Carmen Miranda dances a saucy samba and George Gershwin sits at the piano with fingers ready to fly. “Puttin’ on the Ritz” is this season’s jazz, tap and aerial dance extravaganza. April 2-6, Johnson Theatre.

The final production, “Ubu Roi,” tells the story of a cowardly but ambitious man’s rise to power, and subsequent fall. Drawing parallels between history’s brutal dictators and today’s world leaders, “Ubu Roi,” by Alfred Jarry, is certain to disturb, thrill and provoke both thought and emotion. April 16-20, Hennessy Theatre.

In addition to the main stage productions, each semester theatre and dance majors perform student showcases in dance, musical theatre, aerial dance and puppetry. These entertaining and inspiring showcases are performed, directed, designed and choreographed by theatre and dance students. These events not only allow students to showcase their talents but also demonstrate how they apply coursework into their craft. Tickets range in price from $3.50 to $5. All proceeds from student showcases go to theatre and dance scholarships.

An addendum to the season calendar is a special guest performance of “Republic of Dreams” from Double Edge Theatre of Ashfield, Mass.. “Republic of Dreams,” conceived by Stacy Klein, explores the writings, art and life of Polish-Jewish artist Bruno Schultz, and his banal death at the hands of a jealous Nazi. Feb. 16-17, Hennessy Theatre. Tickets, $10/$15.

For more information about Double Edge Theatre, visit www.doubleedgetheatre.org.

For tickets, contact the MUB ticket office, Monday through Friday, 10: a.m.-4 p.m., or call 2-2290. You may also purchase tickets at www.unhmub.com/ticket. Tickets for UNH main stage productions are $12.50-15.50 for general admission; and $10.50-13.50 for seniors, UNH ID holders, and groups of 15 or more.

The box office opens one hour prior to curtain in the lobby at the Paul Creative Arts Center. For more information, and show times, please call the Theatre and Dance office at 603-862-2919, or visit us at www.unh.edu/theatre-dance.

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