Sept. 1, 2011

Season tickets on sale for ISU Theatre's 2011-12 lineup

by Erin Rosacker

ISU Theatre will stage six productions as part of its 2011-12 season, including the musical Rent for Stars Over Veishea. With the exception of Chekhov Short Stories, all shows will run for two weekends in Fisher Theater. Checkhov will take the stage four nights in the Maintenance Shop, Memorial Union.

Season tickets are $77 for adults, $73 for seniors and $50 for students, and available at the Iowa State Center ticket office. For more information, or to request an order form, call (4-2624) or email ( the theater department.

2011-12 ISU Theatre productions

Hedda Gabler
Sept. 30-Oct. 2 and Oct. 7-9
Named for its manipulative title character, this drama examines the lives of newlyweds Hedda and Jurgen Tesman. Hedda, used to an aristocratic life of luxury and dissatisfied with her current lot in life, toys with the feelings of those around her with dire consequences.

Love's Labor's Lost
Nov. 4-6 and Nov. 11-13
One of Shakespeare's early comedies, this play throws love into the path of men who have pledged an oath to avoid women during their pursuit of scholarship. A complex exchange of mixed messages and revealing letters expose the true feelings of a king and his lords, who have fallen in love with a princess and her ladies.

A Christmas Carol
Dec. 2-4 and Dec. 9-11
The Charles Dickens classic brings Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim to the Fisher stage. Ghostly visits on Christmas Eve show Scrooge how his bitter, miserly life plays out in the past, present and future. When he awakes, he has a shot at redemption.

Chekhov Short Stories
Feb. 9-12
Russian writer Anton Chekhov explored a myriad of human emotions in his short stories. This new stage adaptation includes stories that look into the everyday lives of his countrymen during the 19th century.

To Kill a Mockingbird
Feb. 24-26 and March 2-4
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Harper Lee, the play examines a turbulent time of race relations in the Deep South through the eyes of Scout, a 9-year-old girl. Atticus, her widowed father and a lawyer, takes the case of an innocent black man accused of assaulting a white woman. His actions and advice in the face of a volatile community teach Scout and her brother life lessons about morality and humanity.

April 13-15 and April 20-22
This Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning Broadway musical introduces the audience to struggling artists and musicians in New York's East Village. Loosely based on Puccini's opera La boheme, Rent follows the lives of eight friends who struggle with poverty, drug addiction and AIDS/HIV.