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FAU Announces Summer Rep Theatre Lineup

         BOCA RATON (May 28, 2010) – Florida Atlantic University’s department of theatre and dance has announced the performances in its 2010 Festival Repertory Theatre. Included in this year’s lineup are a musical revue titled “Celebrating 60 Years of Broadway’s Best Musicals,” the William Shakespeare comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and “Shipwrecked,” a play by Pulitzer-Prize winning author Donald Margulies.

         The series, which opens Saturday,  June 19 and closes Sunday, July 25, will take place in Studio One theatre 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 $20, with senior and student tickets for $15. Package prices or $10 are available for all three shows and for groups. There is also special pricing for students, and FAU faculty and alumni.  

         The musical revue, which opens Saturday, June 19 and runs through Thursday, July 22, will include songs from many well-known musicals including “Some Enchanted Evening,” from South Pacific; “The Impossible Dream,” from Man of La Mancha; “Memory,” from Cats and many more. Performers will include professional actors Bruce Linser and Laura Wayth as well as graduate students and faculty from FAU’s department of theatre and dance.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which opens on Friday, June 25 and runs through Sunday, July 25, is William Shakespeare’s most playful, whimsical and fantastic play.  It has been called “perfect summer theatre.” The play is set in a mythical world of Athens where two young men and two young women sort themselves out into marriageable couples but only after their magical encounters in the world of the fairies. This magical world exists alongside the world of mortals and in the forest near Athens the two worlds intersect.

“It is a play packed with a bounty of extravagant and buoyant characters, who transport the audience to a world of imagination as the characters confront us with mysterious images of romantic desire,” said Jean-Louis Baldet, director and professor of theatre at FAU.  “Throughout this play, Shakespeare reveals love’s whimsical faces, as it is driven by jealousy, pity, contempt, sensuality, lust, generosity, empathy and finally a mature appreciation of humanity.”

            “Shipwrecked ! An Entertainment- The Amazing Adventures Of Louis de Rougemont ,” which runs from Friday, July 9 through Saturday, July 24, is a show for the entire family. “It is a fantastical romp of good old-fashioned storytelling,” said Dawn-Elin Fraser, director of the play and assistant professor in FAU’s department of theatre and dance. “We sail off to the far side of the world with Louis and relive his amazing adventures with him.  Louis retells his stories of adventure, daring, intrigue, and dissolution … but in the end fills our hearts with joy and laughter.  We are left to wonder if imagination holds more genuine value than truth.”

          FAU’s summer repertory theatre is performed by equity actors, along with graduate students in the FAU department of theatre. Festival Rep 2010 is presented by Bank of America, Jim and Marta Batmasian, Maroone, WXEL, the Palm Beach County Cultural Council and the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council. For more information, call 561-297-3810.

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