Theatre Program offers four plays

This year, the University Theatre Program will stage four widely favored plays. Composing the new season's line-up will be a classic American drama, two modern American comedies, and a Spanish tragedy. Michael Frayn's hilarious Noises Off launches the season, followed by the Spanish-translated The House of Bernarda Alba, Arthur Miller's classic Death of a Salesman, and the modern comedy Beyond Therapy.

Mervyn Willis, now in his sixth season as the Theatre Program's artistic director, and South African Nigel Maister, embarking on his second year as associate director, lead the program's gathering of international talent, which includes Russian designer Nikita Tkachuk.

The season begins with Michael Frayn's modern comic farce, Noises Off. A success on Broadway and in London's West End, the play follows the trials and tribulations, on stage and off, of a batch of actors attempting to stage an "impossible play" and take it on tour. Noises Off opens Thursday, October 23, with performances on October 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31 and November 1 and 2. All shows are at 8 p.m., except October 26 and November 2 matinees at 3 p.m.

The House of Bernarda Alba is considered one of the masterpieces of Spanish drama. This production is a tragedy about women imprisoned by family, tradition, and desire. The House of Bernarda Alba opens Thursday, December 4, with performances on December 4 through 7, and December 11 through 13. All shows are at 8 p.m., except a December 7 matinee at 3 p.m.

Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller, is considered one of the great plays of the 20th century. It is a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about the frustrations, failures and tragic shortcomings of the American dream. Death of a Salesman opens Thursday, February 26, with performances on February 26 through 28 and March 1, and 5 through 7. All shows are at 8 p.m., except a March 1 matinee at 3 p.m.

Beyond Therapy pairs a mismatched couple with two unstable therapists. Writer Christopher Durang is an Obie-award winning playwright. Beyond Therapy opens Thursday, April 23, with performances April 23 through 26 and April 30, and May 1 and 2. All shows are at 8 p.m., except a April 26 matinee at 3 p.m.

All productions are $8 for general admission; $7 for staff, faculty, and seniors; and $5 for students. Group discounts are available. Visa and MasterCard accepted. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or by calling x5-4088.

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