A midwinter night’s dream, a Steve Martin adaptation of a classic farce, and a tender coming-of-age story are on the schedule of the Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance’s 2013-14 Mainstage Series season.
Due to renovation of the school’s home base, the Stevens Building and its three theaters, all Mainstage shows for the next two years will be performed at Huntley Middle School, 1515 S. Fourth St. in DeKalb.
The Mainstage Series begins with “The Emigrants” on Sept. 26. A remount of the Organic Theatre Company’s Chicago production, the play will be performed by professional company members Josh Anderson and Joel Huff. “The Emigrants” explores themes of individual power and freedom from the perspective of characters who have fled an unnamed European country in search of both.
“Almost, Maine” opens Oct. 17. Written by Tony Award-nominated actor John Cariani as audition pieces for himself, “Almost, Maine” is 11 linked vignettes about romantic love in all its pathos, broken hearts, romance and hope.
“The Underpants” begins the spring semester on Jan. 30. Steve Martin’s play is an adaptation of the Carl Sternheim farce, “Die Hose,” written in 1910. Louise Maske accidentally drops her ill-fitting drawers in the middle of the town square during a parade to honor the king. “The Underpants” is a cheeky satire and social commentary about scandal and celebrity.
“Woyzeck,” by George Buchner, was based on a real person, Johann Christian Woyzeck, a poor German wigmaker/hairdresser and ex-soldier who was made headlines in 1824 by killing his female companion in a jealous rage. The play opens Feb. 20.
“Look Homeward, Angel” opens on March 27. An adaptation of Thomas Wolfe’s semi-autobiographical novel, “Look Homeward, Angel” is an authentic American classic, and a powerful yet tender play about coming of age.
On Nov. 21, dancers will perform various styles of dance, to include the ballet “Les Sylphides” and two modern compositions, in “The Fall Dance Concert.” “The Spring Dance Concert,” opening April 24, will feature many facets of dance expression, including modern, ballet, experimental and jazz.
The school’s Studio Series shows will be performed in the Holmes Student Center Diversions Lounge, at the center of the NIU campus. The Studio Series will present “Lysistrata,” by Aristophanes, “Storytellers Theatre and Freshman Showcase,” “Intimate Apparel” by Lynn Nottage, “Wintertime,” by Charles Mee, and “Loves Labors Lost,” one of William Shakespeare’s early comedies.
All shows are at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Subscription packages and additional performance details are available at 815-753-1600 and www.niu.edu/theatre.