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Frostburg State's University Theatre Slates 2000-2001 Season

Frostburg State's University Theatre announces its 2000-2001 slate of productions.

The hit musical comedy "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" opens the season on Friday, October 6 at 8 p.m. in the FSU Performing Arts Center Drama Theatre. Additional evening performances are October 7, 12, 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. A Saturday matinee is set for October 7 at 2 p.m.

With credits by the master of the modern musical Stephen Sondheim, along with television/radio greats Larry Gelbart and Barry Shevelove, this throwback to vaudeville is, according to The New York Times, a "glorious old-fashioned farce that…celebrates everything that man holds dear but can't deny himself: lust, greed, vanity, ambition; in short, all of those little failings that make man human."

Set in Rome, circa 200 B.C., we meet Pseudolus, the laziest slave in Rome, who will do anything to earn his freedom. The fun begins when he is left in charge of his owner's young son, who has fallen madly in love with a beauteous young virgin in the house of Lysuc. The young boy promises Pseudolus his freedom if the slave can arrange the boy's marriage to the lovely virgin before his father returns. Of course, Pseudolus agrees and havoc ensues.

The season's second production, "Icarus" by Edwin Sanchez, is based on the famous Greek myth about a man whose efforts to fly fail because his artificial wings of feather and wax melt when he flies too close to the sun. This play, which is recommended for mature audiences, was described by The New York Times as a "contemporary fable about the perceptions of beauty." Performances are November 17, 18, and 30, and December 1 and 2 at 8 p.m. in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre. A matinee is scheduled for November 18 at 2 p.m.

The central character is Primitivo, a disabled boy trying to rise above his physical limitations. With help from Mr. Ellis, a janitor of dubious sanity, his disfigured sister Altagracia rescues Primitivo from the hospital and brings him to a deserted New England beach. Primitivo dreams of becoming a world-famous swimmer who can swim so far and with such strength that he touches the sun. Across the boardwalk lives "the Gloria," an over-the-hill actress obsessed with her looks. And Beau, a mysterious man who hides his own disfigurement and eventually falls in love with Altagracia, completes the cast.

A suspenseful melodrama featuring the classic struggle between good and evil, innocence and villainy, "Under the Gaslight" is set in the post-civil war period of the 19th century. Written by Augustin Daly, one of the first modern directors, the play opens March 2 with additional performances scheduled for March 3, 8, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. and March 3 at 2 p.m. in the PAC Drama Theatre.

The action begins in Manhattan when the pure and lovely Laura Courtland's engagement to rich playboy Ray Trafford is thwarted after the villainous Byke calls her birthright into question. With her position in high society destroyed and her engagement ended, Laura seeks answers among her former high society peers and the city's rough street people, none of whom are what they appear to be. In the play's most famous scene, Laura is kidnapped by Byke and plunged into a raging river while a wounded soldier tied to the railroad tracks faces a locomotive rumbling right toward him - on stage. By the play's end, family secrets and characters' hidden motives are exposed.

Arthur Miller's first successful play, "All My Sons," is a classic tragedy set during wartime that deals with family, loyalty, greed, self-deception, cowardice and remorse. Performances are scheduled for April 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. and April 21 at 2 p.m. in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre.

The Kellers seem like the perfect Middle-America family, living happy and ordinary lives - that is, until a secret is exposed. During World War II, Joe, the family patriarch, authorized shipment of cracked P-40 cylinder heads that caused the deaths of 21 pilots whose planes crashed as a result. Each family member must struggle to accept painful truths and examine his and her own concepts of honor and loyalty.

Information about and reservations for all University Theatre productions can be obtained by calling 301-687-4145 between 1 and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Season Discount Cards are available for $21, a value of four shows for the price of three. Tickets are $7 for non-students and $3 for students.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.

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