Ambler, Gary S | 2 Oct 17:59 2008

Druid Theater Comps

TO: Station Theater Affiliates

FROM: Krannert Center

RE: Complimentary Ticket Offer

 

This Friday-Saturday, October 3-4 at 7:30pm, Ireland's Druid theater company will perform works by JM Synge in Krannert Center's Tryon Festival Theatre. Please be our guests! We'd like to offer you a pair of tickets for either night of performance. If you would like to take us up on this offer, please contact Jenny Goelz (217-333-9727 or goelz <at> illinois.edu) with your name, the date you'd like to attend, and the number of tickets you need.

 

Two years ago, Druid stormed across the Atlantic with DruidSynge, a production the Irish Times hailed as "one of the greatest achievements in the history of Irish theatre." Now Druid brings to Krannert Center two plays in the sequence, The Shadow of the Glen and J.M. Synge's best-known work, The Playboy of the Western World. 

 

There will be a pre-performance talk each evening at 6:45pm in the Krannert Room. On Friday evening, the company's assistant director and literary manager Thomas Conway will be speaking. On Saturday evening, company founder and artistic director Garry Hynes will be speaking. (Garry is a Tony Award-winning director.)



 

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James Seay | 7 Oct 19:58 2008
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Reviews of I Do1 I Do!, The Shadow of the Glen and The Playboy of the Western World

You can read my reviews if the Druid Theatre Company (of Galway, Ireland) productions of Synge's The Shadow of the Glen and The Playboy of the Western World as well as St. Patrick's Presents production of I Do1 I Do! by going to www.pamphletpress.org and clicking on "An Irish Double Header" and "Two for the Show."  These were both excellent productions.
 
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David Swinford | 8 Oct 23:01 2008
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Company Call

Workday

Sunday, 12 October

1:00 p.m.

Station Theatre

 

Calling all volunteers: Please stop by the Station on Sunday, 12 October, after 1:00, to get the theatre ready for the opening of Dying City on Thursday the 16th.

 

Thanks; we look forward to seeing you!

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David Swinford | 8 Oct 23:02 2008
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Dying City Opens at the Station

The Celebration Company at the Station Theatre presents Dying City written by Christopher Shinn and directed by Gary Ambler. Shinn is a New York-based playwright whose first play, Four, premiered at London’s RoyalCourtTheatre when he was only 23 years old. Many of his other plays have premiered at this prestigious venue and have since been produced all over the United States and around the world. He has won an Obie for playwriting and a Guggenheim fellowship.  Dying City was a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Shinn is known for delving deeply into the intrinsic values of human nature, class systems, family relations, and sexuality.

 

Dying City deals with all these issues plus a few more that keep the audience and actors on their toes. Shinn has often said that if he were not a writer, he would have been a psychoanalyst; a fact made very clear in this show. The story is a commentary on physical and emotional violence and how it affects not just those directly involved but is dispersed to so many individuals down the line.

 

 At the top of the play Kelly is unexpectedly visited by Peter, her late husband’s identical twin brother. The two have not spoken since Craig’s funeral a year before. As the show progresses, we are taken back and forth through time and are shown the intricacies of many intertwined relationships. The play provocatively addresses such topics as the war in Iraq, manipulation, fear of abandonment and failure, and the separation of social classes and what happens when those lines are crossed. Throughout the play, we see the three characters being forced to face their own demons and those of the people they love.

 

Dying City is expertly directed by seasoned Celebration Company member Gary Ambler. Ambler has most recently directed Stone Cold Dead Serious by Adam Rapp and appeared in Iron Kisses by James Still, The Lieutenant of Inishmore by Martin McDonagh, and Where the Great Ones Run by Mark Roberts. He leads the cast of two proficiently through Christopher Shinn’s somewhat disturbing world. His vision of the story comes to life through skillful performances by Mike Prosise (who played in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, Where the Great Ones Run by Mark Roberts, and co-directed Iron Kisses by James Still) and Martha Mills (who acted in Sexual Perversity in Chicago, stage managed Woyzeck by George Buchner and The Balcony by Jean Genet, and produced Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams and Lieutenant of Inishmore by Martin McDonagh.)

 

The show opens on October 16th and runs through the 25th with performances on the 17th, 18th, 19th, 22nd, 23rd, and 24th. All performances are at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 on Thursday, and $15 on Friday and Saturday; Wednesday and Sunday performances have a half-price discount and tickets are $6. For reservations, call the theatre at 217-384-4000. The Station Theatre is located at 223 North Broadway in Urbana, Illinois, with free parking directly across the street compliments of Sav-a-Lot.

 

 

 

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Mathew Green | 10 Oct 03:53 2008
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Auditions! Big, Irish auditions!

Announcing auditions for Martin McDonagh's THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN!
 
Sunday afternoon, October 19 from 12 - 3 p.m. and Monday night, October 20 from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Station Theatre.
 
Synopsis:  In 1934, the people of Inishmaan learn that a Hollywood director is coming to the neighboring island of Inishmore to film a documentary.  No one is more excited about the news than Cripple Billy, an orphan who spends most of his time reading, staring at cows, and pining for a girl who doesn't love him.  Billy intends to sail to Inishmore, audition, and then find stardom in Hollywood.  In his own community, however, his actions have an interesting effect on the downtrodden people for whom rumors are news and hope is questionable at best.
 
Casting:  Several parts will be cast based on readings from the play (scripts will be provided).  Actors ages 16-60 encouraged to audition.  Especially young men 16-20 who might resemble an unfortunate, frail Irish boy with a bad leg.
 
Of special interest:  Please attempt an Irish accent!  It need not be perfect at auditions, but give it a go!
 
Also of special interest:  For anyone who saw THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE last season....  Less blood, more heart, still lots of cursing.  : )
 
Hope to see lots and lots of you at auditions.  If you have questions, please e-mail me.
 
   ~Mathew Green

 
 
"They say Love conquers all: You can't start it like a car; you can't stop it with a gun."  (Warren Zevon)

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Martha A. Mills | 11 Oct 19:13 2008

Friendly Reminder for Work Call

Hi all,

This is just a reminder that the cast and crew of "Dying City" is
having a company work call tomorrow at 1 p.m. Please keep in mind that
we are a cast of two (and one of us is unavoidably out of town) so we
would greatly appreciate all the help we can get.

Thank you very much and I hope to see a lot of you tomorrow!

Sincerely,
Martha Mills

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dellarte69 | 13 Oct 18:39 2008
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James Seay | 13 Oct 23:06 2008
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My review of Martin McDonagy's THE PILLOWMAN

To read my review of Parkland Theatre (Parkland College, Champaign) go to www.pamphletpress.org and click on "Theatre Reviews" and read "The Writer and Society."
 
Jim Seay

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