CARBONDALE -- The Department of Theater at SIU has announced its lineup for the 2014-2015 season.
“They’re not just for a niche audience, they translate across a community,” Vincent Rhomberg of the Department of Theater at SIU, said of the lineup.
The season includes a four-show subscription series at McLeod Theater, along with additional special productions. The subscription series includes:
• Curtains -- Oct. 2-5. A murder mystery that is wrapped in the cloak of a show-biz musical with comedic overtones. This production is co-produced by the school of music.
• Clybourne Park, Nov. 20-23. This production will be co-produced by the School of Music. It is a feisty and funny look at race relations and real estate in a changing America; this play is based off of "A Raisin in the Sun," it conversely shows a black neighborhood distressed at the prospect of a white family moving into its midst.
• The Whipping Man -- Feb. 26-March 1. A serious play set on the ruins of a Southern plantation at the end of the Civil War, exploring the struggles of two freed Jewish black slaves and their former master, a wounded Confederate soldier.
• The Children’s Hour -- April 23-26. This theater classic set in a private, all-girls boarding school, tells the story of two school headmistresses whose lives are destroyed by a young student’s lie.
Three special productions are also on the season’s calendar:
• Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Oct. 23-26, C.H. Moe Theater. A smart, steamy and suspenseful take on the classic novella by Robert Louis Stevenson, this tale examines the struggle of good and evil within each person and plays just in time for Halloween.
• Chamber Opera Double Bill – Feb. 6-8, Shryock Auditorium. Comprised of two one-act comic operas, Captain Lovelock and The Music Shop are co-produced with the SIU School of Music. The first act tells of two daughters who conspire to prevent their widowed mother from wedding a young army officer; the latter centers on music shop clerks who try to help a fearful and bumbling husband.
• Big Muddy New Play Festival – March 26-29. The festival will feature the premiere of Last Seen Alice, written by graduate playwriting student Jaclyn Grogan, in addition to staged readings of several new works.
All subscription series productions perform Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $56 for adults and $24 for students. Individual tickets are $16 for adults and $6 for students.
“(There is) a lot of talent in this group,” Rhomberg said of this year’s theater students, including Tanya de Leon, winner of 2014 Stuart Fischoff Excellence in Musical Theater Award.
The Department of Theater at SIU will also be presenting New Faces 2014 on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the C.H. Moe Theater. New theater majors will make their Departmental debut in an evening of monologues, scenes, songs and exhibits. Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-come first-served basis.
“I love it when there’s no empty seats,” Rhomberg said. “ Go, go, you can just not imagine what the experience will be like.”
Tickets to the three special productions are $16 for adults and $6 for students. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., except as noted. Operas have no Thursday performance.
All tickets are available in person from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the McLeod Theater or at the SIU Arena box offices. Tickets are also available by phone at 618/453-6000 or online at theater.siu.edu.