MU Theatre Alliance Announces 2011-2012 Schedule

by Tony Rutherford , HNN Entertainment Editor
Logo from Broadway Production of "Proof"
Logo from Broadway Production of "Proof"

HUNTINGTON, WV (HNN) – The Marshall University Department of Theatre has announced their 2011-2012 Theatre Alliance Schedule with season ticket sales beginning August 3. An early bird discount will be available through Sept. 30.

William Shakespeare’s classic in the high modern style of the 1960’s, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” opens the season running Oct 5-8 in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse. All’s right with the world until love dust sprinkles the air on a midsummer night.

It will be followed by “The Last Night of Ballyhoo,” a Tony Award winner for best play. Set in 1939, just after Hitler invaded Poland and before the premiere of “Gone With the Wind,” The Freitig family prepares for a lavish Atlanta ball for Jewish charities. “Ballyhood” runs Nov. 16-19.

A Tony Award winner for which the entire original Broadway cast received nomination, “Proof” runs Feb. 15-18 & Feb. 23-25 in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre. After the death of her mathematic genius yet emotional unstable father, daughter Catherine (for which Mary-Louise Parker took home a Tony) works to authenticate a paradigm-shifting proof about prime numbers found in her father’s office after his passing. The production explores the lines between genius and mental illness. She fears following in his footsteps --- both mathematically and mentally --- by accenting a desperate effort to stay in control of her life. The play won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, a Tony for Best Play , in addition to similar awards from the Drama Desk, NY Drama Critics’ Circle, and Lucille Lortel.

Returning to classical theatre roots, a fast paced new adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” runs April 18-21. In a rigid society where social status is determined by birth, Elizabeth Bennett discovers that a man can change his manner and a woman can change her mind.

Three special productions compliment the Theatre Alliance Season beginning with “a Mused Dance Concert” Oct. 14-15 in the Frances-Booth Experimental Theatre; “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” Nov. 30-Dec. 4 in the Playhouse; and the world premiere of Matthew Earnest’s “Faces in the Water” performed January 12-13 by faculty member, Nichole Perrone.

Season tickets range from $52-$72 ($42-$62 early bird). The lower rate is for faculty and seniors. The full rate includes an invitation to the March 2012 Patron’s Appreciation House. Individual admission is $20 , $15 (faculty/seniors) and $5 children under 12. Individual admission for the dance concert is $12 and ranges from $8-$12 for “Best Christmas Pageant.”

For further information, call, 304-696-2787. Or download the flyer at

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