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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

More About Marshall's New Season

Here's another story about Marshall's new season of theatre, which begins with the play Saturday, Sunday, Monday.

Hee's the story from my pal Angela Henderson-Bentley:
A mixture of comedy, drama and music will make up the 2010-2011 Marshall University Department of Theatre schedule.

"We've been able to cover all tastes during the season," said Sam Kincaid, project coordinator for the MU Department of Theatre. "It's a little bit of something for everybody."

The season kicks off with Saturday, Sunday, Monday, a comedy by Eduardo De Filippo, which runs at 8 p.m. Oct. 6-9. It follows a large Italian family over a weekend as they prepare for a traditional Sunday dinner.

Kincaid compared the play, which is set in 1985, to the movie, Moonstruck.

"It's a nice, big ensemble comedy," Kincaid said. "There are a lot of different personalities."

A unique aspect about the play is that the actresses actually prepare the meal on stage.

Next on the schedule is The Good Doctor, which runs 8 p.m. nightly Nov. 10-13. The play was written by Neil Simon, based on the writings of Anton Chekov.

"It invokes people from all walks of life," Kincaid said. "It's made up of vignettes, so it's several plays in one."

Dead Man Walking, which runs at 8 p.m. Feb. 23-26, is an adaption of Sister Helen Prejean's nonfiction book about her personal experience with a death row inmate. The play is written by Tim Robbins, who also wrote and adapted the film of the same name.

"It's a great challenge for the student actors because it's such a serious subject matter," Kincaid said.

Closing out the season is Working, based on the book by Studs Terkel, which featured interviews with people about their jobs.

"One way or another, we're defined by our jobs," Kincaid said. "This takes everyday experiences we all share and turns them into a musical."

Working will be presented at 8 p.m. April 20-23, and at 2:30 p.m. April 24.

Individual tickets to the four shows are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $7 for children 12 and under. Marshall University students are admitted free to each show with a valid ID.

The department is also presenting a bonus show this season - A Christmas Carol. But Kincaid said this is not your traditional production of the holiday classic. The play will be done in a one-man format with Jack Cirillo, a member of the Marshall faculty, playing all the characters.

"It's really fascinating to watch," Kincaid said. "It really blows you away."

The show will run Dec. 2-4. Tickets are $12 for adults.

Season tickets are also available up until the first show. Kincaid said that even if patrons miss the first show, they can still buy a season pass and save money. Season tickets can be purchased from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday by calling the box office at 304-696-2787 or Kincaid at 304-696-6395.

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