A scene from Southern Oregon University's 2007 production of 'Arcadia.'

Theater at SOU

Classes will begin Monday at Southern Oregon University, and the Department of Theatre Arts will get to work on its 2008-2009 season of classical and contemporary works. Two plays are staged each term, with one production in the Center Stage theater and one in the intimate Center Square theater.

Directors this season include guest artists from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, two SOU professors, a theater department alumnus and a senior theater arts major. Costume, scenic, sound and lighting faculty either design or mentor selected student designers on all the productions.

Productions slated for the Center Stage theatre are:

"Ring Round the Moon" by Jean Anouilh and adapted by Christopher Fry, Nov. 13-23

In this comedy of manners among the worldly French, appearances are of utmost importance. Twins Frédéric and Hugo vie for the hand of the same woman, but the brothers' motives for courtship are quite different. David Kelly of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival directs.

"Anna in the Tropics" by Nilo Cruz, Feb. 19-March 1

As workers toiled in Florida's cigar-making factories in the early twentieth century, lectors would educate and entertain them by reading books aloud. When Juan Julian, the new lector, reads "Anna Karenina" desires and jealousies arise. Marieke Gaboury, a theater department alumnus and associate producer/director with New York City's LAByrinth Theatre Company, directs this Pulitzer Prize-winner.

"Love's Labor's Lost" by William Shakespeare, May 21-31

The King of Navarre and three lords who are his close companions decide to devote themselves to three years of study and not give in to the company of women. Their oath is put to the test in short order when the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting arrive on a visit to the King's court. SOU professor Dale Luciano directs.

Productions in the Center Square theatre are:

"An Enemy of the People" by Henrik Ibsen, Nov. 6-16

D. L. Smith's adaptation of this 19th century drama places Ibsen's iconic character, Dr. Stockmann, in contemporary society. Stockmann's descent from respected citizen to community outcast is as relevant to today's political vagaries as it was for Ibsen in 1882. SOU Professor Dennis Smith directs.

"Dick Whittington and His Amazing Cat" by Pat Hume, Feb. 13-March 1

In this musical filled with outrageous characters, Dick teams up with an extraordinary cat when he travels to seek his fortune in London. While Dick struggles to make ends meet as a kitchen boy, the cat escapes to Morania and becomes a queen by saving that country from a plague of mice. Michael J. Hume of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival directs the annual children's theater offering.

"Icarus" by Edwin Sánchez, May 14-24

A young man, his sister, and their mysterious homeless companion move into a beach house. They take in a man who wears a ski mask. An aging actress waiting for her big break lives next door. Though all have some type of physical or mental affliction, dreams and fantasies are what fuel their lives and carry them above our everyday world. Jimmy Garcia, a senior theatre arts major, directs.

Tickets are $18 regular, $16 seniors, and $5 student. Subscribers to three or more plays receive a discounted rate of $15 regular and $13 seniors. See sou.edu/theatre or call 552-6348.

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