November 09, 2004

'The Green Bird' at McLeod Theater Special presentation precedes matinee

by Paula M. Davenport

CARBONDALE, Ill. - - A free presentation set for Sunday, Nov. 14, at 1:30 p.m., will give a matinee audience about to see the play "The Green Bird" a deeper appreciation for the 1700s-era Italian comedy genre.

The presentation will be held in the Christian H. Moe Laboratory Theater, just up the hall from the McLeod Theater, which will stage the play immediately after. Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Communications Building, southeast wing, houses both venues.

Anne Fletcher, assistant professor of theater, and master's student Ben Alexander, who's studying technical direction in theater, are the guest speakers.

They'll explain the play's historical roots and show how the age-old art form influences such contemporary performers as those in the Cirque de Soleil.

To take in the play, tickets are $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and $6 for students and children. The box office is open weekday afternoons, an hour before performance and will accept credit card reservations at 618/453-3001.