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Sept. 20, 1996

ISU Theatre

'Most challenging season' begins

by Jennifer Holland, News Service intern
The new ISU Theatre season promises romance, laughter, tragedy and music during seven productions representing the best in classical and contemporary dramatic literature.

"This is going to be the most challenging season in recent years," said Gregg Henry, director of ISU Theatre. "The richness of the material requires a large demand from the students and production crews."

Season opener
The season opens Sept. 27-Oct. 6 with Dancing at Lughnasa (pronounced loo-nuh-suh), the story of five unmarried sisters living in a small village in Ireland in 1936. The sisters' lives become linked to a world of romance and hope through music on the radio.

Jane Cox, associate professor of theatre, directs and Janice Baker, associate professor of dance, is the choreographer.

Dancing at Lughnasa will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-28 and Oct. 4-5, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 and Oct. 6.

Two princes --one Danish, one Norwegian
There is a twist of drama and wit in the fall Repertory. Shakespeare's Hamlet is paired with the political comedy Fortinbras, the story of a Norwegian prince who wanders into the carnage during the final moments of Hamlet. Spirits from Hamlet characters return to teach Fortinbras lessons on leadership and truth. The student actors play the same roles in both plays showing Nov. 1-17.

Greek tragedy
The new powerful adaptation of The Medea Myth mixes the story of a foreign-born woman's horrifying vengeance on her husband with modern life stories of battered women. The Greek tragedy, showing Feb. 14-23, is produced in association with The Women's Center, The ISU Women's Studies Program, ACCESS and the Minority Theatre Workshop.

ISU Theatre joins forces with Stars Over Veishea to perform the 1950s musical Bye Bye Birdie April 18-20. The fun starts with a great publicity stunt. Recently drafted rock and roll star Conrad Birdie is to kiss an all- American girl good-bye on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Second Stage
Playing on Second Stage is the story of a man and a woman searching for love. Danny and the Deep Blue Sea will be presented March 21-23.

The season concludes with Piccasso at the Lapin Agile, a comedy about a meeting between Albert Einstein and a mysterious visitor from the future at the Left Bank cafe of Pablo Piccasso. The play will be presented April 25-27.

Season or single tickets are available at the Iowa State Center Box Office or by calling 233-1888. For more information or a season brochure, call 4-7611.

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