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The opportunity to leave your life and join another – even if it is only for a few hours – is one of the great gifts offered by live theatre. Travel back in time to the turn of the nineteenth century, or fall into a fairy tale, visit a far away land or take revenge on your boss; let our extraordinary young theatre artists provide a welcome escape during our 2013-2014 season. This coming year we will bring you some amazing new work that has taken the NY theatre scene by storm. Bengal Tiger and Seven bring us face to face with events from across the globe that are shaping our world. Come share some glorious history – helping to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice in a clever adaptation of this great novel. Spend some time in old New York and share the epic sweep of the gorgeous musical Ragtime. If you are feeling feisty, you can enter the world of shady real estate, joining David Mamet’s salesmen in Glengarry Glen Ross. For a bit of extra fun, you can have a backstage romp with the stage folks of Noises Off. Or, you can fulfill your workday fantasies and join the ladies of 9 to 5 while they get even with their boss. Or if you wish the ultimate escape, the commedia characters and amazing puppets who people the world of King Stag will transport you to their land of lovers and princes, magicians and wild birds in a glorious fairy tale for all ages. Finally, I want to share some very exciting news. Our guest for Late Night Broadway will be Lillias White. This Tony and Emmy award-winning actress has been in eight Broadway musicals and will bring her extraordinary voice from NYC to Kalamazoo. If you’re not familiar with her work, do yourself a favor and check out our playlist on YouTube via our website -- then hurry and get your tickets before this show sells out! Got a lot going on? Got a lot on your mind? Stuck in the same-old, same-old? Take a break – travel, laugh, sigh, sing, weep, swoon – lose yourself in the theatre. Join us for an extraordinary adventure. See you soon in London, Baghdad, New York or the land of make believe,

Joan Herrington, Chair Department of Theatre


September 26 – October 6 Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet

October 10 – 20 Noises Off by Michael Frayn

October 24 – November 3 Pride & Prejudice

by Jane Austen Stage adaptation by Joseph Hanreddy & J.R. Sullivan

November 14 – 24 Ragtime

Book by Terrance McNally, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens Music by Stephen Flaherty

December 5 – 7 Late Night Broadway

Starring TonyTM and EmmyTM Award-Winner Lillias White

January 23 – February 2 Seven

by Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Magraff, Anna Deavere Smith, & Susan Yankowitz

February 6 – 16 Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph

March 13 – 23 9 to 5

Music and lyrics by Dolly Parton Book by Patricia Resnick

April 3 – 13 King Stag

by Carlos Gozzi. Featuring guest artists from the creators of War Horse.

BOX OFFICE HOURS

GILMORE THEATRE COMPLEX Monday–Friday 12:00–5:00 p.m., and 2 hours prior to performances. Saturdays with performances 12:00–4:00 p.m. Tel: 269 387-6222 Web: www.wmutheatre.com Individual tickets can also be purchased at WMU’s Miller Auditorium.


The University Theatre kicks off the 2013-2014 season with the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet. Four cynical real estate agents get lost in a dog-eat-dog world where lying and cheating become the triumph of 21st century selling tactics. With cutthroat competition and high stakes jobs on the line, these salesmen will stop at nothing to seal the deal. Don’t miss this scathingly funny and powerful play that the Daily News says “…can grab you by the throat and punch you in the gut.”

“Who needs caffeine when you’ve got Glengarry Glen Ross?” – NY Times

York Arena Theatre September 26 – October 6 26 27 28 8:00 P.M. 3 4 5 8:00 P.M. 6 2:00 P.M. *For mature audiences. Very strong language.

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Put the day’s events behind you and come lose yourself in laughter with the outrageously funny Noises Off. A zealous director and his hilarious team bring us a play within a play and a side-splitting journey of onstage catastrophe and crazy backstage antics. The New York Times calls Noises Off “The most dexterously realized comedy ever about putting on a comedy. A spectacularly funny, peerless backstage farce. This dizzy, well-known romp is a festival of delirium.”

“Noises Off is one of the flat-out funniest comedies of our time, or anybody’s time.” –TheaterMania.com

Shaw Theatre October 10 – 20 10 11 12 8:00 P.M. 17 18 19 8:00 P.M. 20 2:00 P.M.

October

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A free cabaret will follow the performance on October 11, 12, 18, 19

Production Sponsor


Fully capturing the spirit of the beloved book, Pride and Prejudice is delightful, romantic fun. Forced to marry for financial security, the strong-headed Elizabeth Bennett enters into a scandalous excursion of love and courtship with a gentleman that will question her life thus far. Immerse yourself in Jane Austen’s world of desperate spinsters, determined bachelors, nosy neighbors, and embarrassing relatives, and join us in celebrating the 200th anniversary of this 1813 classic.

“A love story centuries old, but eternally fresh.” —The Telegraph

Williams Theatre October 24 – November 3 24 25 26 8:00 27 2:00 1 2 8:00 3 2:00

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A free cabaret will follow the performance on October 25, 26 & November 1, 2

Community Partner

October

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November

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This three-time Tony Award-winning musical, Ragtime (which featured WMU Alumni Marin Mazzie), is an epic and nostalgic tale that paints a powerful portrait of American life during the turn of the 20th century. Based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow, this uplifting musical journey portrays a young America in its quest for freedom. Time Magazine calls Ragtime “a triumph for the stage!”

“Ragtime is nothing short of a masterpiece.” ­ —­Bloomberg News

Shaw Theatre November 14 – 24 14 15 16 8:00 P.M. 21 22 23 8:00 P.M. 24 2:00 P.M.

November

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A free cabaret will follow the performance on November 15, 16, 22, 23

Media Sponsor


This year, we are thrilled to take you on a trip to the Big Apple to experience the illustrious sounds of Tony and Emmy Award-winning star, Lillias White. Our graduating seniors will join the electrifying Ms. White for an evening of music that is sure to bring you to your feet! Lillias White has performed on Broadway in Barnum, Dreamgirls, Fela, The Life, Cats, Carrie, Once on This Island, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Chicago. For her role in Cy Coleman’s The Life, she won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards. White’s television appearances include a regular role on Sesame Street (for which she won an Emmy Award), Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, and NYPD Blue.

Starring TonyTM and EmmyTM Award-Winning Star

LILLIAS WHITE

Williams Theatre December 5 – 7 5 6 7 8:00 P.M. 7 2:00 P.M.

December

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This revolutionary work of documentary theatre is a collaboration of seven awardwinning female playwrights telling seven remarkable stories in one play. Journey into the lives of seven incredible women who have triumphed over enormous obstacles to bring about major change in their home countries of Russia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, Guatemala, and Cambodia.

“A commanding reminder of the transformative power of women’s leadership. These are real women … growing up in countries where no one encourages them to dream.” —Diane von Furstenberg

York Arena Theatre January 23 – February 2 23 24 25 8:00 30 31 8:00 1 8:00 2 2:00 *For mature audiences.

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January

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February

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Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo was praised by the Los Angeles Times as “the most original play about the Iraq war.” This unique and surprisingly funny story follows a foul-mouthed tiger who gets lost in the streets of present day Baghdad searching for the meaning of life and war. A Pulitzer Prize finalist and a Broadway hit, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo is a haunting look at the aftermath of present day violence and the absurdities of war. “…boldly imagined, harrowing and surprisingly funny drama…” —Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

Williams Theatre February 6 – 16 6 7 8 8:00 P.M. 13 15 8:00 P.M. 16 2:00 P.M. A free cabaret will follow the performance on February 7, 8, 13, 15 *For mature audiences.

February

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Tired of working 9 to 5? Take the night off and indulge yourself in the songs of Dolly Parton with the hilarious musical hit 9 to 5. Follow three unlikely friends as they team up to get even with their “sexist, egotistical, lying” boss by singing and dancing their way to revenge in the workplace!

“...a hilarious but dark satire of sexism in the workplace, laced with edgy jokes and outright subversion — a comedy classic.” —Entertainment Weekly

Shaw Theatre March 13 – 23 13 14 15 8:00 P.M. 20 21 22 8:00 P.M. 23 2:00 P.M.

March 2 9 16 23 30

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A free cabaret will follow the performance on March 14, 15, 21, 22

Production Sponsor


King Stag is a magically funny fable in which men transform into creatures and creatures transform into men. Through a sophisticated blend of live actors and puppets created and directed by guest artists from the Puppet Kitchen in NYC and Handspring (creators of War Horse) in South Africa, King Stag will challenge the boundaries of imagination and contemporary creativity. Transport the whole family into this world of powerful magicians, heart-sick lovers, whimsical servants, and a giant bear—all in pursuit of true love.

“King Stag has delighted audiences worldwide...as a special treat for the whole family.” —San Francisco Chronicle

Williams Theatre April 3 – 13 3 4 5 8:00 6 2:00 10 11 12 8:00 13 2:00

April P.M. P.M. P.M. P.M.

A free cabaret will follow the performance on April 4, 5, 11, 12

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Become a Season Pass Holder!

Benefits and Savings for Season Pass Holders: • Season pass holders save money. Enjoy savings of up to 50% off our regular ticket prices, giving you the most significant savings for quality theatre in Kalamazoo. • The season pass also offers the most flexible option to accommodate your busy schedule, allowing you to use your nine tickets anyway you choose. See all nine productions or use all nine tickets for one production. It’s completely up to you! • Beat the crowd with early access to ticket reservations! • As a pass holder, you can share your passes with whomever you choose. If you find yourself with extra tickets at any time, share them with a friend! • Pass holders enjoy exchange privileges. If your plans change, just call before the scheduled performance time to reschedule. • Our season pass holders are our most valued patrons. You will never pay processing fees when ordering by mail or on the phone. 9 Ticket Theatre Pass Pricing: Standard Admission: Senior Citizens (65 and up): WMU Faculty/Staff: University Theatre Guild (with donation of at least $125):

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Individual Ticket Pricing: Standard Admission: $20 Senior Citizens (62 and up): $18 WMU Faculty/Staff: $18 Students: $10 WMU Students*: $5 *One ticket per valid WMU Bronco ID. WMU student tickets will only be sold in person at the box office. Three Easy Ways to Order: Mail: Mail your order to us with the form provided in this brochure. Phone: Order over the phone by calling us at 269-387-6222. In Person: Visit our box office at the Gilmore Theatre Complex.

The Gilmore Theatre Complex is located on the campus of Western Michigan University next to Miller Auditorium.

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Get Lost in the Stars of Tomorrow; Invest in the Education of Talented Theatre Artists. People give to make the impossible possible. Donors of the University Theatre Guild are no exception. By giving to the University Theatre Guild, you will support both student scholarships and professional development opportunities for theatre students by bringing world-class, visiting guest artists to WMU. The Impact of Your Gift: Your gift to the University Theatre Guild can mean the difference between a student earning a degree or not. Many of our students depend on the generosity of others in order to fulfill their dreams. With your help, the University Theatre Guild aims to see those dreams come true. The Benefits of Your Gift: As a contributor to the University Theatre Guild, you’ll receive exclusive invitations to special theatre events and have opportunities to interact with theatre students, directors, and designers. Discounted season passes are available for donations starting at the $125 level. You can also claim your contribution on your state and federal tax return. How To Make a Difference: 1. Contribute online through the WMU Foundation (www.wmich.edu/foundation) 2. Call us at 269-387-3226 3. Mail your gift to us with your season pass order!

GILMORE Theatre Complex Rentals

The spaces within the Irving S. Gilmore Theatre Complex are available for rent and can become a unique and convenient setting for your wedding, holiday party, or corporate event. For more information, please visit www.gilmoretheatrecomplex.com.

The Department of Theatre at Western Michigan University

WMU Theatre is dedicated to the advancement of theatre arts and to the development of new theatrical ventures. We aim to empower a new generation of theatre artists to shape a vibrant, relevant and innovative future for the theatre. Faculty and Staff Joan Herrington Kevin Abbott Jay Berkow Brian Boyer Cheryl Bruey Sandy Duke Emily Duguay Lofton Durham Matthew A. Knewtson Dwandra Lampkin Mark Liermann Kathleen Mackenzie Garrylee McCormick Patrick Niemi Ben Reigel Greg D. Roehrick Elizabeth Terrel Kathryn Wagner Lisa Wales D. Terry Williams

Chair Computer Imaging, Projections Music Theatre Performance Master Electrician Stage Management Academic Advisor Arts Management Theatre History Lighting and Sound Design Theatre Performance Theatre Performance/Directing Costumer Wig Master Technical Director Theatre Performance Scenic Design Voice and Movement Costume Design Budget Officer Chair Emeritus

Art Direction: Chris Fox/Paul Sizer, Design: Paul Sizer/Christopher Kurtz. The Design Center, School of Art, Western Michigan University


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The University Theatre 13-14 Season