WSU Theatre Announces Productions for 2001-02 Season

PULLMAN, Wash. — A Tony Award-winning musical, a student-directed production and a Shakespeare classic will all be part of the Washington State University 2001-02 theater season.

The following productions will begin at 8 p.m. at Daggy Hall’s Jones Theatre:

— Pullman’s Summer Palace Revival of “Company,” Sept. 7 and 8. The Tony Award-winning musical follows five married or soon-to-be married couples living in a Manhattan apartment complex and the overly protective feelings they have for their bachelor friend, Robert.

— “Stage One,” Student One-Act Play Festival, Sept. 26-29. The festival features one-act plays written by WSU students.

— “Macbeth,” Nov. 29-Dec. 1 and Dec. 6-8. The William Shakespeare classic pulls the audience into a world of witches and ghosts, murder and revenge. Macbeth achieves power through assassination, and to hold onto it, he must engage in an escalating cycle of violence, betrayal and murder.

— “A Raisin in the Sun,” Feb. 13-16. The drama contains multiple themes, including black identity, pride and power, quest for liberation, and the strength and intimacy of the black family. The story culminates with the family’s refusal to sacrifice human dignity to the demands of a racist and money-driven society.

— “Dancing at Lughnasa,” April 11-13 and 18-20. The Tony Award-winning play is about five unmarried sisters eking out their lives in a village in Ireland in 1936. When the sisters finally dance to a wild tune during the Festival of Lughnasa, a pagan celebration of harvest, they embody the core of the human spirit that cannot be vanquished by time or loss.

— Dance Recital, April 24. WSU dancers take to the stage for an evening of music and movement.

In addition, a dance recital featuring WSU dance students will be at 8 p.m. Dec. 4 at Wadleigh Theatre. A student stage production, yet to be announced, will be at 8 p.m. April 10-13, also at Wadleigh Theatre. A matinee of the same show is at 2 p.m. April 13.

WSU also will host the Washington Alliance for Theatre Education Festival of Dramatic Duet Competition Feb. 15 and 16 at Daggy Hall. The statewide drama competition will include workshops and special performances.

For more information, contact Katie Watson, 509/335-7447, or for ticket information, call 509/335-7236 the week of performance.