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UIS Theater Program announces 2006-2007 season
May 31, 2006
SPRINGFIELD – The 2006-2007 season of the Theatre Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield will focus on comedy.
The fall production, Anton in Show Business, by Jane Martin, has been described as a "savvy, savage backstage comedy," a "fast-paced and remorseless" look into the world of theater.
The spring production, As Bees in Honey Drown, by Douglas Carter Beane, is a "dark comic mystery" about the search for celebrity.
In Anton, a self-centered television actress, a jaded New Yorker, and an enthusiastic ingénue gather for an ill-fated production of Anton Chekhov's The Three Sisters. Along the way, playwright Martin manages to skewer producers, directors, actors, sponsors, and critics, as well as multiculturalism, while at the same time satirizing and celebrating theater as a modern art form. The play was a hit at the 24th Humana Festival of New American Plays in 2000 and won the 2001 American Theatre Critics/Steinberg New Play Award. UIS Assistant Professor of Theatre Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson will direct. Production dates are November 3-5 and 9-11.
Set in Manhattan, Bees in Honey follows the trail of Alexa, a mysterious socialite, and Evan, a young author savoring the success of his first novel. Alexa has made herself at home in the world of celebrity and as she attempts to lure Evan into writing her life story -- for a possible film -- the young man finds himself caught up in the whirlwind of fame and instant success. Bees was the hit of the 1997 off-Broadway season. UIS Director of Theatre Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson will direct. Production dates are March 2-4 and 8-10.
Open auditions for Anton in Show Business will be held in September. Open auditions for As Bees in Honey Drown will be in November.
|The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.|
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