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FAU Theater Line Up for 2013-14

BOCA RATON, Fla. (July 10, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University’s Department of Theatre and Dance in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters presents an engaging season including four plays and three dance productions. All theater and dance events take place at 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus, and tickets can be purchased at www.fauevents.com or by calling 1-800-564-9539.

The first show of the season is “The Cherry Orchard,” a comedy by Anton Chekhov about an aristocratic Russian woman and her family as they return to the family’s estate right before it is about to be auctioned to pay the mortgage. The family’s desire to hang on to life as they know it clashes with the socioeconomic changes happening in Russia during the turn of the 20th century. The play runs from Friday, Oct. 4 to Sunday, Oct. 13, and is directed by Des Gallant.

Later in the fall, the Oscar Wilde play “The Importance of Being Ernest” will be staged. The director, Kathryn Johnston, characterizes this presentation of life in 1890s England as a trivial comedy for serious people. The play runs from Friday, Nov. 15 to Sunday, Nov. 24.

“Anyone who finds the appearance of Lindsay Lohan or the Kardashians on their evening news broadcast puzzling, frustrating or the end of civilization as we know it will enjoy this satire of Victorian society,” says Johnston. “The play depicts a time when the trivial is important and the important is trivialized.”

“Two Gentlemen of Verona,” a play by William Shakespeare and directed by Jean-Louis Baldet, opens Friday, Feb. 14 and runs to Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. The comedy deals with the themes of friendship and infidelity, the conflict between friendship and love, and the foolish behavior of people in love.

The final play of the season, “Rhinoceros,” by Eugene Ionesco, is directed by Richard Gamble. Over the course of three acts, “Rhinoceros” shows how the inhabitants of a small, provincial French town turn into rhinoceroses and, in the end, only one survives. The show opens on Friday, April 4 and runs through Sunday, April 13, 2014.

The first dance production of the season is the Dances We Dance Fall Showcase 2013, which will be held Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7. Following this performance will be the FAU Repertory Dance Theatre Ensemble on Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1, 2014. The final dance production of this season will be the Dances We Dance Spring Showcase 2014, which will take place Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26, 2014. All three dance productions are directed by Clarence Brooks.

Single theatre and Repertory Dance Ensemble tickets are $20, and a package price for all five shows is $80. Ticket prices for FAU faculty, staff and alumni are $15, and $12 for students. Group prices are also available. Dances We Dance productions are $10.

Theater and dance productions at FAU are sponsored by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. For more information, visit www.fau.edu/theatre.

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About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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