• Antigone October 16-19

    Jean Anouilh’s retelling of Sophocles’ Greek tragedy by the same name, Antigone is set in the time period it was written—at the height of World War II, when Occupied France was part of Hitler’s Third Reich. Inspired in 1942 by the real-life “heroic, gratuitous and futile” solitary act of a man who fired upon and wounded members of the French collaborative Vichy government, Anouilh’s Antigone stands by her beliefs in what is right and just against an authoritarian regime, knowing her defiance means her certain death. Mirroring the all too real predicament of the French people in the grip of tyranny, Anouilh’s play is one of the masterpieces of the modern French stage.

     

    Show Times: 7:30pm Thurs-Sat, 2:00pm Sun

     

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  • A Lie of the Mind November 13-16

    Arguably the epitome of soap opera-esque storytelling, A Lie of the Mind probes the destinies of two families connected by marriage, but divided by as many emotions as can be attributable to the more frail side of human nature—jealousy, distrust, possessiveness and anger, as well the need for revenge and a desire for love. Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind explores the structure of the American family as well as the delusions, the “lies of the mind,” that individuals construct both for each other and for themselves in order to survive, and which ultimately isolate everyone from reality. “Sam Shepard is surely the only dramatist alive who could tell a story as sad and frightening as this one and make such a funny play of it without ever skimping on its emotional depth.”
    —The New Yorker.

     

     

    Show Times: 7:30pm Thurs-Sat, 2:00pm Sun

     

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  • Storytellers Theatre - Improv December 4-7

    Improvisational comedy debuts at NIU’s School of Theatre and Dance with its Studio Series presentation of Storytellers Theatre Improv.

     

    The show replaces the originally scheduled Many Voices, Many Lands: Storytellers Theatre and blends the format of the former Storytellers Theatre with the comedic style of improv.

     

    Instead of the usual well-rehearsed solo performances by members of the School’s storytelling classes, Storytellers Theatre Improv will mimic the comedy club style used by the popular CW television program, Whose Line Is It, Anyway? In a similar fashion, audience members will be asked to give scenarios for the actors to create and enact on the spot.

     

    The audience may suggest a fable, a famous event, even a bible story. This family friendly production invites participation, but is sure to entertain even those who want to sit back in their seats and enjoy the fun.

     

     

    Show Times: 7:30pm Thurs-Sat, 2:00pm Sun

     

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  • Lovers and Other Strangers February 12-15

    A success on Broadway before it became a hit movie in 1970, Lovers and Other Strangers is a pleasant and optimistic comedy written by Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna that chronicles an impending marriage between two young lovers, and through a series of vignettes, the peripheral stories of several of their relatives and friends. As the big day progresses, the about-to-be newlyweds begin to feel that they are the only ones who are actually happy on their wedding day. The father of the bride is in love with his wife’s best friend, the groom’s brother comes to realize he wants a divorce, while one of the cousins falls into adolescent love with one of the ushers. Lovers and Other Strangers compares the simple and uncomplicated love of newlyweds with all the compromises.

     

     

    Show Times: 7:30pm Thurs-Sat, 2:00pm Sun

     

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  • The Comedy of Errors March 19-22

    One of William Shakespeare’s early plays, The Comedy of Errors is his shortest and one of his most farcical.

    Two sets of identical twins, one set the sons of a merchant, and the other, purchased as slaves for them, are separated in infancy by a storm at sea. The merchant saves one son and his slave, and his wife, other son and slave disappear. Decades later, they are suddenly and unknowingly all in the same city. A series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities lead to wrongful beatings, a near-seduction, the arrest of one of the twins, and false accusations of infidelity, theft, madness, and even demonic possession. Shakespeare slapstick, just for

    the fun of it.

     

     

     

    Show Times: 7:30pm Thurs-Sat, 2:00pm Sun

     

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  • Senior Showcase Festival April 16-19

    Free performance! Reservations not required. First come, first served.

     

     

    Show Times: 7:30pm Thurs-Sat, 2:00pm Sun