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MEDIA CONTACT:   Polly Burks
561-297-2595, pburks@fau.edu

FAU’s Festival Rep Presents 'Company' and 'Twelfth Night'

            BOCA RATON (May 20, 2009) – The department of theatre in the School of the Arts in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters once again presents the best in summer theatre with its 2009 Festival Repertory Theatre.   Included in this year’s lineup are the Stephen Sondheim musical “Company” and one of Shakespeare’s most loved comedies, “Twelfth Night.”   

            The series, which opens Saturday, June 20 and closes Sunday, July 26, will take place in the University and Studio One theatres on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road.   A full schedule of plays can be found at www.fauevents.com or by calling 800-564-9539.   Ticket prices are $15 and $20 according to seating, with package prices available for both shows and for groups. There is also special pricing for students, and FAU faculty and alumni.   

            There will be a free Festival Rep Preview Extravaganza on Friday, June 19 at 7 p.m. at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre in Boca Raton. The public is invited to bring their chairs or blankets and enjoy musical performances from “Company” and other Broadway shows, as well as a piano performance by Heather Coltman, the chair of FAU’s department of music.

            “Twelfth Night,” which opens on Saturday, June 20 and runs through Sunday, July 12, was written around 1600 and is often called one of Shakespeare’s ‘joyous comedies.’ It is a story about unrequited love and mistaken identities. This production is set in Hollywood, California in the 1920s movie era. It is directed by Jean-Louis Baldet. ”Company,” which opens Friday, July 3 and runs through Sunday, July 26, is a story about seven young professionals that live in 1970s New York. Each has a different take on relationships and marriage. “Company” is directed by Trent Blanton.

            FAU’s summer repertory theatre is performed by equity actors, along with graduate students in the FAU department of theatre. This year’s equity actors are Rebecca Simon and Bruce Linser.   Simon is currently completing her MFA in acting at FAU.   She was awarded the Best Supporting Actress Award by the “New Times Best of 2007 in The Arts” for her role in “Bright Room Called Day” at FAU.   Before coming to FAU, Simon toured in the Broadway national tours of “Fiddler on the Roof,” starring Theodore Bikel, and “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber,” starring Michael Bolton.   Linser has performed locally at the Caldwell Theatre, Gable Stage, the Maltz Theatre and the New Theatre.   He has also worked off-Broadway and has been in many national tours.  

            Festival Rep 2009 is presented by Bank of America, Madelyn Savarick, Jim and Marta Batmasian, the Palm Beach County Cultural Council, the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council, Barnes and Noble, and Fairfield Inn and Suites.   For more information, call 561-297-3810.

-FAU-

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