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University Theatre Plans Ambitious Schedule for 2008-2009 at FSU

Come take an around-the-world cultural tour with Frostburg State University’s University Theatre! From 411 B.C. to 9/11 in the 21st century, from Greece to America, adventure, comedy and thought-provoking entertainment awaits!

The 2008-2009 season will open with the Julie Andrews hit musical, “Victor/Victoria.” The production will be presented Oct. 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m., and again Oct. 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m., with matinee performances on Oct. 11 and 18 at 2 p.m. in the Drama Theatre.

Adapted from the musical film’s success, “Victor/Victoria” opened on Broadway in 1995 with the incomparable Andrews in the title role of a nearly-starved singer in 1930s Paris, where males impersonating females were all the rage on stage. Desperate for a job, Victoria Grant disguises herself as a man who then impersonates a woman and becomes a singing sensation. All is well until she falls madly in love with a powerful gangster who is equally “disturbed” by his attraction to this apparent female impersonator. With musical numbers like “Le Jazz Hot,” “You and Me,” “Almost a Love Song,” “Living in the Shadows” and “Crazy World,” “Victor/Victoria” is gender-bending at its comic best!

“Incorruptible,” Michael Hollinger’s dark comedy about the dark ages, will be presented on Nov. 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m., and again Nov. 13, 14, and 15 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre.

The setting is Priseaux, France, circa 1250 A.D., where the Abbott and his brother monks have fallen on hard times as Saint Foy, the patron saint of the monastery, hasn’t worked a miracle in 13 years! The future rests with the Pope, whose promised visit will surely entice pilgrimages and restore the abbey to its former glory. Everything goes according to plan until a rival church claims to possess the actual relics of Saint Foy. Their bones are working miracles and their coffers are overflowing. All seems lost until the destitute monks take a lesson from a larcenous one-eyed minstrel, who teaches them an outrageous new way to pay old debts. “Incorruptible” is a fun and gentle rib-poking look at how humans gleefully twist convictions in order to rationalize bad behavior.

Next, “bobrauschenbergamerica” offers a wild road trip though the American landscape on Feb. 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m., and again March 5, 6, and 7 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee performance on Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. in the Drama Theatre.

In the spirit of one of America’s greatest artists, Robert Rauschenberg, Charles Mee paints a collage of people, places, music and dancing by the way of love stories, picnics, business schemes, shootings, chicken jokes and golfing. “bobrauschenbergamerica” embodies the sheer exhilaration of living in a country where people make up their lives as they go.

The Main Stage series will close with Aristophanes’ Greek comedy, “Lysistrata,” with performances on April. 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m., and again April 23, 24, and 25 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on April 18 at 2 p.m.

Athens and Sparta have been locked in a civil war for 20 years with no end in sight. What’s a peace-loving girl to do? In a bold attempt to save Greece from ruin, Lysistra unites the women of Athens and Sparta in a sex strike to force the soldiers to come to their senses. At the same time, the old women of Athens seize the Acropolis, and therefore, the state treasury, cutting off war funding before the entire male population is wiped out. A comedic hit since 411 B.C., Aristophanes’ fast-paced and bawdy comedy eloquently explains the war of the sexes while simultaneously denouncing the war of the city states.

Second Stage will present student-directed productions of “Recent Tragic Events,” by Craig Wright, on Dec. 11 and 12. The musical, “See What I Wanna See,” by Michael John LaChiusa, will run on May 1 and 2. Both productions begin at 7:30 p.m. in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre. These shows will focus on the complex issues of 9/11 within two major American cities.

For a 2008-2009 season brochure and information about Season Discount Flex Cards, which are now on sale, please call the box office at (301) 687-7462, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Flex cards are $40 for four Main Stage Tickets, and individual prices are $6 for students and $12 for non-students. All Second Stage tickets are $6.

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 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

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