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University Theatre Plans Ambitious Schedule for 2006-2007

University Theatre Plans Ambitious Schedule for 2006-2007
“Urinetown,” a play that takes place during the revolutionary time when private toilets are banned and water is worth its weight in gold, opens Oct. 6 at FSU's Performing Arts Centre Drama Theatre. From left to right, Matthew Ancarrow; Tara Wagner; C

Frostburg State University Theatre will open its 2006-2007 season with the hit musical “Urinetown,” with music and lyrics by Mark Holloman and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis., on Oct. 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 at 7:30 and Oct. 7 and 14 at 2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Drama Theatre.

“Urinetown,” inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, is a boy-meets-girl romance that takes place during the revolutionary time in the near future when private toilets are banned and water is worth its weight in gold. “Urinetown” is a witty, irreverent and completely original play that both satirizes and honors the rich traditions of musical theatre, touching on everything from “West Side Story” to “Les Miserables”.

Joseph Langham’s “Out to Lunch” will be performed on Nov. 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance on Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre. In this rowdy and risky, yet entirely pertinent and entertaining play, Numba Won and Numba Two (two clueless geeks) begin a meaningless, daylong “campout” at a diner where an eclectic, absurd, and often irrelevant array of characters labor to make their diner experience fulfilling.

“Eurydice,” by Sarah Ruhl will run March 2, 3, 8, 9, and 10 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee performance on March 3 at 2 p.m. in the Drama Theatre. The tragic story of Eurydice and Orpheus is a cornerstone of mythology and has been retold in nearly every art form. Avoiding the usual romanticism and melodrama, “Eurydice” is a unique, impressionistic interpretation of a timeless, haunting story. Focusing more on Eurydice’s relationship with her father than Orpheus, it unfolds in an Underworld setting that bears more resemblance to “Alice in Wonderland” than to the mythical Hades. “Eurydice” is a play about words and language, about forgetfulness and memory and about re-finding one’s voice.

The Main Stage series will close with an all African American production of John Steinbeck’s classic “Of Mice and Men,” with performances in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre on April 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and April 14 at 2 p.m. “Of Mice and Men” is the moving story of George and his simple-minded friend Lennie, two lonely and alienated Depression-era drifters who dream of buying a ranch together. Shortly after they begin to work on a Salinas Valley Ranch, their hopes take a turn for the worse. The two friends discover the harsh flip side of the American Dream, and their friendship is tragically tested beyond normal limits.

The student-directed production series called “Season Too!” will run performances of “Earth and Sky,” by Douglas Post on Oct. 27 and 28, and Academy award winner Alan Ball’s “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” will be presented on Feb. 23 and 24. Both productions will begin at 7:30 in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre. All tickets are $5.

In a change from previous years, all evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances will continue to run at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for students. Season Discount Flex Cards are also available. For $30 you receive four main stage tickets -- a $10 savings. You may spread tickets throughout the Main Stage season, or use all four tickets at one show.

For reservations, call 301-687-7462 weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The box office opens one hour prior to curtain. Group discounts are available when booked in advance.

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

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589