Northwestern to Stage 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, 10/25-11/10
Writers and non-writers who refer to dictionaries to properly spell or pronounce a word will enjoy the hilarious stage production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," Oct. 25-Nov. 10, at Northwestern University.
The Tony Award-winning musical will launch the Theatre and Interpretation Center (TIC) at Northwestern's 2013-14 theatre season.
Directed by Northwestern alumnus Adam Goldstein, "Spelling Bee" is the first of many events that invite audiences to join a conversation with the art and artists as TIC examines the different forms and faces of prejudice in its 33rd season.
The season will feature award-winning directors and playwrights, acclaimed Northwestern alumni, a collaboration with Actors Gymnasium, Tony Award-winning musicals, National Theatre Live broadcasts, the Imagine U Family Series and the Waa-Mu Show.
TIC's season continues in November with Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," Nov. 15-24, directed by award-winning Northwestern faculty member Jessica Thebus. Austen's classic novel was adapted by former Milwaukee Repertory Theater Artistic Director Joseph Hanreddy and acclaimed Chicago director J.R. Sullivan.
Two tales of star-crossed love will fill TIC's stages this winter as Hanreddy makes his TIC directing debut with Northwestern alumna Lillian Groag's"Aimee and Jaguar," Jan. 31- Feb. 9. Set in war-torn Berlin, it is a tale of romance between a mother of four and a Jewish girl living on fake IDs. Timeline Theatre Associate Artistic Director Nick Bowling directs the Tony Award-winning musical "Cabaret," Feb. 14-March 2, a decadent and dangerous tale of a young American writer seeking inspiration for his next great novel in the seedy cabaret clubs of 1931 Berlin. To close out the winter season, Susan A. Lee, founding director of Northwestern's dance program, will direct "Danceworks 2014: Hot Buttons," Feb. 28-March 9, a rich tapestry of contemporary and modern dance riffing on themes inspired by "Pride and Prejudice."
The Actors Gymnasium and TIC welcome Lookingglass Theatre Company ensemble member and Northwestern faculty member David Catlin back to the TIC mainstage as director of a tumbling and soaring adaptation of "Moby Dick," April 25-May 4. Spring will mark the 83rd annual production of the Waa-Mu Show, May 2-11, directed by acclaimed Chicago director and Northwestern faculty member Geoff Button. To close out the season, Court Theatre Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson directs Alice Childress' "Trouble in Mind," May 16-25. The Washington Post called it a "scathingly funny, wise and extraordinary" satirical look at prejudice and ambition on Broadway in 1957.
In its third year at TIC, The National Theatre Live (NT Live) broadcast series offers Evanston-area audiences a chance to experience the best of British theatre. Broadcasts this season 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 in the role on Nov. 13; "Macbeth," Nov. 19, starring Kenneth Branagh; a reprise of "The Habit of Art," Dec. 10, starring Richard Griffiths, Alex Jennings and Frances de la Tour; a reprise of"Hamlet," Jan. 14, starring Rory Kinnear; "Coriolanus," March 4, starring Tom Hiddleston and Mark Gatiss; and The National Theatre's original stage production of "War Horse," April 1, featuring actors working with life-sized puppets created by South Africa's internationally renowned Handspring Puppet Company. 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.