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University Theatre Slates 2004-2005 Season

Frostburg State University Theatre announces its 2004-2005 season for its main stage and student productions.

The stage season will launch with “Damn Yankees” on Oct. 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Drama Theatre. Based on the novel “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant” by Douglass Wallop, “Damn Yankees” is about the Washington Senators number one fan, Joe, who strikes a deal with the devil and is transformed into a superstar rookie baseball player. The new Joe has a chance to lead the Washington Senators to victory over those damn New York Yankees. All the while, the devil intends to throw Joe a screwball at the bottom of the ninth. Will Joes yearning for his wife Meg upset the devil’s plans? Will Lola’s charms be too much for Joe’s integrity? Will Joe keep his soul and beat those damn Yankees? Come to this delightful musical and find out.

Naomi Wallace’s “The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek” will be presented on Nov. 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre. The play is one of several award-winning works by Kentucky poet/playwright Naomi Wallace. Set in 1936 at the height of the Great Depression, “Trestle” presents two teenagers who plan a game of “chicken” with an oncoming train, high on a trestle above a bone-dry creek bed. At first, the scheme adds excitement to life in this small factory town during an era of stifled ambitions. However, this youthful flirtation with death awakens other dangerous passions. A touchingly poetic play, “Trestle” is a powerful depiction of how economic depression contaminates individual lives. On seeing an early production, a critic with the Louisville Courier-Journal said, “After the play ended ... there was a moment in the darkness when I thought: ‘This must be how it felt when people saw ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ for the very first time.” The play is recommended for mature audiences.

“Metamorphoses” will be presented March 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12 at 8 p.m. and March 5 at 2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Drama Theatre. One of the most unusual and highly acclaimed contemporary plays, Mary Zimmerman’s “Metamorphoses” is an evocative, beautiful retelling of selected myths from the Roman poet Ovid. The stories of King Midas, Orpheus and Eurydice, Cupid and Psyche and Phaeton, among others, are included. Set in and around a large, shimmering pool of symbolic water, the play probes enduring questions about life, love, death and the inevitability of transformation and change. Time Out NY says, “Befitting its name, Metamorphoses is by turns romantic, witty, sexy and sublime.”

The main stage season will wind up with, Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” on April 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 at 8 p.m. and April 16 at 2 p.m. in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre. Wilde’s 19th century “trivial comedy for serious people” is arguably one of the greatest English satires to grace the stage. The amusement begins when bachelors Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff both go by “Earnest”—a name that “seems to inspire absolute confidence”—in order to win the love of the women they adore. Gwendelon accepts her proposal from Jack, and Cecily from Algernon, but the women become heatedly confused when they meet and believe they are engaged to the same man. This witty comedy erupts when the formidable Lady Bracknell becomes involved, and, with the help of Miss Prism and a hand-bag, everyone is forced to discover the importance of being “earnest.”

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for students. Season discount tickets are also available. By purchasing three tickets for $30, you will receive a free ticket to “Damn Yankees.” 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.

Join University Theater for a season of student-directed production in “Season Too!” All seats are $5 and will be performed at 8 p.m. in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theater. “The Piano Lesson” by August Wilson, will be presented on Oct. 29 and 30. “The Shape of Things” by Neil Labute, will be presented on Dec. 10 and 11. “Suicide In B Flat” by Sam Shepard, will be presented on Feb. 18 and 19. The “Ornamental Hermit” by Jocelyn Beard, will be presented on May 6 and 7.

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

For further information on this release, contact:

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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