25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE & More Set for Northwestern University Theatre and Dance in November
A comical Tony Award-winning musical about an angst-filled spelling championship, and performances of a Jane Austen classic are among the November productions at the Theatre and Interpretation Center (TIC) at Northwestern University. For young audiences, TIC is staging a family musical based on a Newberry Honor Book with an anti-bullying message.
"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," Oct. 25 to Nov. 10, 'Pride and Prejudice," Nov. 15 to 24, and TIC's Imagine U musical adaptation of "The Hundred Dresses," Nov. 1 to 10, are among the events that invite audiences to join a conversation with the art and artists during TIC's 33rd season.
For the third year, TIC presents the National Theatre Live (NT Live) broadcast series offering audiences a chance to experience the best of British theatre. Broadcasts in November include "Othello," Nov. 5, starring Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear; a reprise of "Frankenstein," Nov. 12 and 13, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch in the role of the creature on Nov. 12 and featuring Jonny Lee Miller as the creature on Nov. 13; and "Macbeth," Nov. 19, starring Kenneth Branagh. Single tickets to all NT Live broadcasts are on sale now through the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or online at www.tic.northwestern.edu/ntlive.
Events will be held in venues on the University's Evanston campus: the Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive; Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive; Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St.; or the Hal and Martha Hyer Wallis Theater, 1949 Campus Drive, as noted.
Single-ticket prices are listed below; single tickets for all seven mainstage productions and the Imagine U Family Series productions are on sale now. Where applicable, ticket discounts are available for groups of eight or more.
Subscribers to the 2013-14 season can again select from two different packages. The 7-Play Subscription for $28 to $148 represents a 20 percent savings off single-ticket prices. The 4-Play Snow Bird Subscription for $79 to $89 represents a 15 percent savings off single-ticket prices. Both the 7-Play and 4-Play subscription packages and tickets for groups of eight or more are now on sale. Except as otherwise noted, tickets and subscriptions can be purchased through the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or www.tic.northwestern.edu.
As a new benefit to families, TIC has added the Imagine U Family Pass, available for $30 and providing families with four tickets to use in any combination for all Imagine U Family Series programming.
Northwestern's department of performance studies will present "Fiber of Time," Nov. 15 and Nov. 16, which is free and open to the public.
Nov. 7 and 8, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project will present "JUMP INSIDE," a preview of two premieres from the Chicago-based dance ensemble's 25th anniversary season, including a work by artistic director Billy Siegenfeld.
Construction Alert: A three-year construction project under way on the southeast end of the Northwestern University Evanston campus has closed the Arts Circle Drive to traffic. Free parking for evening and weekend events remains available, but the project will impact handicapped parking and patrons requiring special access to Evanston campus theaters. Visit www.tic.northwestern.edu/construction for more information.
NOVEMBER 2013 MAINSTAGE PRODUCTIONS
"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin, conceived by Rebecca Feldman, additional material by Jay Reiss, directed by Adam Goldstein, 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25; 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26; 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31; 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1; 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7; 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8; 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Josephine Louis Theater. Do you have what it takes to win ... or, even tougher, to fit in? Directed by Northwestern University alumnus Adam Goldstein, this funny and touching Tony Award-winning musical takes audiences right into the pressure cooker of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Under the bright lights, six young overachievers must use their dictionary-thick knowledge of obscure words and the unexpected guidance of lovable 'bee' officials to learn that winning isn't everything and that champions come in all shapes and sizes. In addition, there will be Northwestern community members as guest spellers invited to participate on the fun during the live performance. The roster of guest spellers includes: Oct. 26, Dan Linzer, Northwestern University Provost; Oct. 27, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky; Oct. 31, Tracey Gibson-Jackson, assistant director of student theatre organizations; Nov. 1, Emily Allard, Northwestern Wildcats softball player; and Nov. 9, Charles Kellom, director of multicultural student affairs. Post-show discussions moderated by Northwestern Ph.D. candidate Bethany Hughes will also take place at select performances. Discussion topics and guest participants include: Oct. 25, "How We Made This Show" with the cast and show director Adam Goldstein; Oct. 27, "Excellence & Pressure" with the cast and three-time National Spelling Bee contestant Alex Benjamin and Northwestern Wildcats softball player Emily Allard; and Oct. 31, "Expectations & Opportunities" with the cast and Devin Moss, director of Northwestern University's LGBT Resource Center, and Alison May, assistant director of Northwestern's Office of Services for Students with Disabilities. Tickets are $30 for the general public; $27 for seniors over 62 and Northwestern faculty and staff and educators; and $10 for full-time students (at the door) or $5 tickets exclusively for full-time Northwestern students on advance purchase. Discounts are available for groups of eight or more.