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University Theatre announces 2009-10 season

March 30, 2009

KALAMAZOO--University Theatre at Western Michigan University will bring provocative dramas, classic musicals, and Shakespearean and contemporary comedies to the stage in its upcoming 103rd season.

Subscription packages for the 2009-10 theatre season are on sale now at up to 35 percent off regular ticket prices. They are available by calling (269) 387-6222 or by visiting the Gilmore Theatre Complex Box Office weekdays between noon and 5 p.m. Those who order by Friday, April 10, will receive an additional ticket free with their subscription. For more information, visit University Theatre Audience Services online.

University Theatre's fall 2009 program

  • "Nine Parts of Desire," Sept. 24-Oct. 4, York Arena Theatre--Heather Raffo opens a dialogue between the east and the west in this profound and impassioned look at the lives of contemporary Iraqi women.
  • "Good Death," Oct. 8-17, Shaw Theatre--Guest artists from the internationally renowned Tectonic Theater Project will direct WMU theatre students in this original collaborative commission.
  • "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress," Oct. 29-Nov. 8, Williams Theatre--In this uproarious comedy by Alan Ball, the wicked and witty collide as five renegade bridesmaids bicker, banter and form a bond.
  • "Carousel," Nov. 12-22, Shaw Theatre--Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein combine passion, sweetness and danger in this classic American musical, which tells a story of redemption and the power of love.
  • "Late Night Broadway," Dec. 3-5, Williams Theatre--This Broadway cabaret will feature the talents of graduating music theatre performance majors alongside a visiting Broadway guest. A cash bar will be available.

University Theatre's spring 2010 program

  • "Eurydice," Jan. 28-Feb. 7, York Arena Theatre--Sarah Ruhl's arresting and inventive retelling of the Orpheus myth approaches the love story with comic audacity, magical surrealism and devastating tragedy.
  • "As You Like It," Feb. 18-28, Shaw Theatre--This whimsical and delightful romantic comedy celebrates love in all its guises with the wit and beauty of William Shakespeare's language.
  • "Chicago," March 18-28, Williams Theatre--Murder, corruption and the greed of showbiz make this musical by John Kander and Fred Ebb sizzle with a sexy sophistication.
  • "Tambourines to Glory," April 8-18, Shaw Theatre--This gospel play by Harlem Renaissance luminary Langston Hughes is about a friendship put to the test when two women's interests collide in a Harlem church. This performance will include Dr. Von Washington's final curtain call at University Theatre, as he will be retiring in spring 2010.

Media contact: Emily Duguay, (269) 387-3227, emily.duguay@wmich.edu

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