By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Department of Theatre and Dance season will offer classic and contemporary theatre works, including "Pride and Prejudice" and "The Zoo Story" as well as works by guest choreographers Jon Lehrer of Lehrer Dance and Nick Ross of Nicholas Andre Dance.
"The theatre and dance season opens with a 24-hour play project on Saturday, Aug. 27. The performance begins at 6 p.m. in the McDonnell Amphitheatre and admission is free," said Paula Davis, associate professor of theatre and dance and chair of the department.
"Members of Cap and Dagger, the student theatre club, will collaborate with incoming students to create and perform original plays, all within a 24-hour period. This event is part of the first-ever Arts. Everywhere. Festival.
"The other events in our 2011-12 season highlight not only the expertise of our faculty but the dedication of our students and the innovation of our guest artists. We invite everyone in the local community to attend any or all of our events," she said.
Fall semester events
Bucknell senior Diego Chiri will direct the Theatre Showcase production of Edward Albee's "The Zoo Story" on Sept. 23 and 24 at 8 p.m. in Tustin Studio Theatre. General admission is $5.
Anjalee Deshpande Hutchinson, assistant professor of theatre and dance, will direct the semester's first mainstage production, "Pride and Prejudice," Oct. 21 through 24. The production is adapted from the Jane Austen novel for the stage by Jon Jory, artistic director of Actors Theatre of Louisville. With the exception of a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Oct. 23, each performance begins at 8 p.m. in the Harvey M. Powers Theatre in Coleman Hall. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens.
Dustyn Martincich, assistant professor of theatre and dance, will direct the Fall Dance Showcase, an annual event that provides samples of innovative pieces by student, faculty and guest choreographers in every dance genre and features cutting-edge and experimental choreography in a vast range of moods and styles. The dance showcase is scheduled for Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. in the Powers Theatre.
Kelly Knox, associate professor of dance, will direct the Fall Dance Concert Dec. 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. in the Powers Theatre. The production will include a dynamic contemporary ballet work by visiting professor Sarah Surber, a work by Knox that explores motion in the form of breath and stillness, Dustyn Martincich's dance narrative, inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper, a sultry jazz work by guest artist Jon Lehrer, and works by student choreographers.
Bucknell senior Christina Cody will direct "The Double Take Project" performance on Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. As part of her theatre independent project, Cody will lead her fellow students on a year-long exploration of complex issues of the college social scene. The resulting performances will continue in the spring at unlikely venues across campus.
The fall semester ends with two Cocktail Theatre productions Dec. 5 and 6 at 5 p.m. in Tustin Studio Theatre. Each performance features one-act, student-directed plays.
Spring semester events
The spring semester opens with a Young Director's Showcase Festival Feb. 17 through 20 at 8 p.m. in Tustin Studio Theatre. "A first for the Department of Theatre and Dance season, this festival will feature the rising talent of three theatre majors as they each direct haunting plays that explore relationships and identity," said Davis.
The programs include "Night Train to Bolina," directed by Bucknell senior Yulissa Hidalgo; "Savage in Limbo," directed by Bucknell junior Katrina Medoff; and "Aria da Capo," directed by Bucknell junior Victoria Moyer.
Gary Grant, professor of theatre, will direct "The Wild Party" April 13 through 16. With the exception of a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, April 14, each performance begins at 8 p.m. in the Powers Theatre. The production features choreography by Dustyn Martincich. Michael LaChiusa's ground-breaking musical, which captures the desperation of a group of vaudeville performers in a dangerous period of American history, is suggested for mature audiences.
Knox will direct the Choreographer's Showcase April 20 and 21, highlighting the work of student choreographers from the dance composition class as well as alumni guest artists and dance faculty.
Er-Dong Hu, associate professor of dance, will direct the annual Spring Dance Concert on April 27 and 28. Guest artist Nick Ross, artistic director of Nicholas Andre Dance in New York City, will present a contemporary piece. Hu and Knox will bring new works to the stage, along with debut works by student choreographers.
The season will end April 28 with the Theatre Showcase, "How I Learned to Drive" by Paula Vogel, directed by Bucknell senior Ali Keller with three performances: April 28 at 2 p.m., and April 29 and 30 at 8 p.m.
Tickets for theatre and dance performances, unless noted otherwise, are $10, $5 for Bucknell students, senior citizens and youth under 18. Advance tickets are available through the Bucknell box office or by phone at 570-577-1000. Tickets also are available in person an hour before each performance.
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