January 19, 2007

Spring theater season offers plenty of variety

by Sun Min

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Southern Illinois University Carbondale's theater department this spring will present one of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years.

Directed by Tim Fink, the Tony award-winning play "Urinetown" will run April 25- 29 in McLeod Theater, located in the Communications Building. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. for the Wednesday through Saturday shows and 2 p.m. for the Sunday show.

"Urinetown" was nominated for an impressive nine Tony Awards, winning for Best Book, Score and Direction in 2002. The Broadway hit is just one of a diverse group of performances during the spring season of SIUC's theater department.

The full schedule follows:

Feb. 6-11


World premier plays by SIUC playwrights

Tuesday–Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

Bill "A" Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Bill "B" Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

Christian H. Moe Laboratory Theater Feb. 21-25 Suzan-Lori Parks' "Topdog/Underdog" Directed by Segun OjewuyiWednesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. McLeod Theater

Feb. 26-March 4

"Vagina Monologues"

SIUC student production

Performance dates, times and location TBD

April 10–15

David Rush's "Any Day Now"Directed by David RushTuesday-Sunday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m., Special school matinee Thursday, April 12, 10 a.m.Christian H. Moe Laboratory Theater

April 18, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

"Drama Daze"

Regional high school students participate in acting, scene, lighting, dance and other theater workshops.

McLeod Theater

April 25-29


Music by Mark Hollmann

Lyrics by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis

Book by Greg Kotis

Directed by Tim Fink

Wednesday-Sunday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.

McLeod Theater

There will be a pre-show lecture at 1:30 p.m. prior to each Sunday matinee.

Individual tickets are $15 adult, $12 senior and $6 child/student. A four-show season ticket costs $50 for adults, $40 for seniors and $20 child/student. Additional show tickets are available at a price of $12 adult, $10 senior and $6 child/student at the time a season ticket is purchased.

Box office hours are noon-5:30 p.m. weekdays and an hour before each performance. The theater and box office are in the Communications Building on campus. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone at 618/453-3001. For more information, contact Vincent Rhomberg at mcldpub@siu.edu or 618/453-7589.