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UW-Eau Claire Theatre Announces
2007-08 Schedule

RELEASED: June 4, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire department of music and theatre arts will present five plays, as well as the annual Fall Short Play Festival and Danceworks performance during the 2007-08 season.

Season tickets sales will begin in August and single event tickets will be available in mid-September.

Terry Allen will direct "Tobacco Road" by Jack Kirkland, adapted from the novel by Erskine Caldwell. This memorable play ran eight years on Broadway and has been revived three times. It is the story of the Lester's of Tobacco Road — of Jeeter who dreams of planting a garden beside his ramshackle poor-white home, the idiotic son who marries a ravenous evangelist so that he drives an automobile to destruction, a daughter with strong sexual inclinations, and another who is sold into marriage for $7 and who keeps running back home. Performances are slated for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18-20 and 24-27, with a matinee at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 21. All performances will be in Kjer Theatre.

"Prometheus Bound," the classic Greek play by Aeschylus in which Zeus has decreed that Prometheus is to be bound and left to the elements of nature as punishment for providing humans with fire, will be directed by Richard Nimke. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-8 and 12-15, with a matinee performance at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in Riverside Theatre.

Also this season, the Fall Short Play Festival, featuring short plays presented in repertory, will be held at 4 and 8 p.m. Nov. 15-16 and 19-20.

To start the spring 2008 semester, Terry Allen will direct "The Threepenny Opera" by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, with musical direction by Mitra Sadeghpour, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of music and theatre arts. Brecht and Weill turned to John Gay's 18th-century "The Beggar's Opera" to fashion this savage, biting commentary on bourgeois capitalism and modern morality. The bitter tale is told of the predatory outlaw known as Mack the Knife. He secretly marries the daughter of an underworld boss, but is soon betrayed by his sinister in-laws and sent to prison. After being freed by the police chief's daughter, he is again betrayed — this time by a prostitute and sentenced to death. At the final hour he manages a reprieve, thus providing a menacing finale of ferocious irony. Performances are slated for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28-March 1 and March 5-8, with a matinee performance at 1:30 p.m. March 2. All performances will be in Riverside Theatre.

Cheryl Starr will direct "The Boxcar Children" by author Gertrude Chandler Warner and playwright Barbara Field. Generations of young readers have cherished the spirited Depression-era adventures of The Boxcar Children, and now the Alden children's story comes to life on stage. Orphaned and in danger of being sent to different foster homes, the four siblings run away and make their home in an abandoned railroad boxcar. Pursued by the authorities and a mysterious stranger, the children discover the rewards and perils of life on the run, as well as the joy of keeping their family together. School matinees are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. April 1, 3, 8, and 10. Public performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 3-5 and 10-12, with a matinee performance at 1:30 p.m. April 6. All will be presented in Kjer Theatre.

Danceworks 08, the annual performance by the UW-Eau Claire Concert Dance Company, will be held April 24-26 in Kjer Theatre. Students perform works choreographed by members of the company.

The season will end with "The Underpants" by Carl Sternheim, adapted by Steve Martin and directed by Richard Nimke. Martin provides a wild satire adapted from the classic German play about Louise and Theo Markes, a couple whose conservative existence is shattered when Louise's bloomers fall down in public. Though she pulls them up quickly, he thinks the incident will cost him his job as a government clerk. Louise's momentary display does not result in the feared scandal, but it does attract two infatuated men, each of whom wants to rent the spare room in the Markes' home. Oblivious of their amorous objectives, Theo splits the room between them, happy to collect rent from both the foppish poet and the whiny hypochondriac. Riverside Theatre performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. May 1-3 and 7-10, with a matinee performance at 1:30 p.m. May 4.

Tickets for all shows will be available through the University Service Center in Davies Center. For more information and ticket prices, call the Service Center at 715-836-3727.

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