By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Doug Elkins and Friends will present "Fraulein Maria," a post-modernist deconstruction of "The Sound of Music" danced to the movie soundtrack, on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.
"This rollicking experience, part parody and part homage, is hilarious and moving, traditional and of-the-moment, with references to everything from ballet to hip-hop," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center.
Roslyn Sulcas noted in The New York Times that "Mr. Elkins' ceaselessly brilliant and often hilarious take on 'The Sound of Music' is a fount of unending movement ideas and about as much visceral pleasure as it's possible to have in a theater."
The citation for Elkins' 2008 Bessie Award reads, "For creating a tender, rollicking excursion at Joe's Pub called 'Fräulein Maria,' which took us from the snow-capped peaks of Hollywood through the worlds of 'downtown' dance, Martha Graham, Willi Ninja, Balanchine, hip-hop, voguing, stepping, stomping, whirling and flying like wild geese with the moon on their wings, a New York Dance and Performance Award is presented to Doug Elkins."
Tickets for the performance, part of the University's Homecoming Weekend celebration, are $20 per person. Discounts for senior citizens and students are available.
Tickets for this Weis Center series performance are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center, weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; from the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University bookstore in Lewisburg, Monday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday 12:30 to 4 p.m.; or the Campus Activities and Programs office on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Advance tickets also are available online or by calling 570-577-1000. The box office in the Weis Center lobby opens one hour before performances.
The 2010-11 season of Weis Center Events is generously supported by grants from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for the series is provided by numerous and generous private donors, including members of the Weis Center Green Room Circle and Green Room Board.
The next performance in the Weis Center series is the Shanghai String Quartet along with pipa virtuoso Wu Man on Nov. 13. The program, part of the university's presidential inauguration celebration, includes the Pennsylvania premiere of Lei Liang's Quintet for Strings and Pipa as well as a quartet by Beethoven and Schubert's "Death and the Maiden" Quartet.
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