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    To order season tickets, please call the Department of Theatre Arts at 608-785-6701 or print and mail the Theatre Season Subscription Order Form.


    25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeeSpelling Bee Poster

    Music and Lyrics by William Finn
    Book by Rachel Sheinkin
    Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
    Additional Material by Jay Reiss

    Performance Dates
    June 27-28 & July 3 & 5 at 7:30 p.m.
    June 29 & July 6 at 2:00 p.m.
    Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts

    Ticket Prices: $20 adults; $18 seniors/non UWL students; $10 UWL students. Tickets go on sale beginning Monday, June 23 at 1:00 p.m. (Box office will be closed on July 4th.)

    The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. This hilarious and touching Tony Award-winning musical takes audiences right into the pressure cooker of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Under the bee's bright lights, six young overachievers must use their dictionary-thick knowledge of obscure words and the unexpected guidance of lovable bee officials to battle the oppression of role models, adults, other competitors and even their own selves to learn that winning isn’t everything and that champions come in all shapes and sizes.

    **Please Note: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is not included in the season ticket package.


    8 (the play)

    8 the playBy Dustin Lance Black
    Directed by Mary Leonard

    Performance Dates:
    October 17-18 & 23-25 at 7:30 p.m.
    October 19 & 26 at 2:00 p.m.
    Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts

    Tickets go on sale Monday, October 13 at 1:00 p.m. (Early season subscriber reservations begin Monday, October 6.)

    Ticket Prices: $16 adults; $14 seniors/non UWL students; $5 UWL students.

    Ripped from the headlines, 8 is a play that re-enacts events surrounding a 2010 lawsuit that overturned California's Proposition 8, a voter referendum that threw out California's 2008 law allowing same-sex marriage. Written by Academy and Oscar Award winner Dustin Lance Black, 8 utilizes the original transcripts from the 2010 Perry v. Schwarzenegger case, which ultimately led to a California federal judge's ruling that Prop. 8 was unconstitutional and unfairly discriminated against homosexuals.

    The Man Who

    By Peter BrookThe Man Who 2
    Directed by Dana McConnell

    Performance Dates:
    November 6-8 at 7:30 p.m.
    November 9 at 2:00 p.m.
    Frederick Theatre, Morris Hall

    Tickets go on sale Monday, November 3 at 1:00 p.m.

    Ticket Prices: $16 adults; $14 seniors/non UWL students; $5 UWL students. General seating admission.

    The Man Who offers a series of fascinating Doctor/Patient scenarios that examine our attempts to understand the workings of the brain. Peter Brook's hypnotizing new theatrical work is as vast and mysterious as the human imagination and as commonplace as the image of a man trying to shave himself, but failing. The Man Who is one of the most magically effective explorations of the mind (also possibly the soul) ever to be attempted on the stage. The Man Who is funny, inspiring, desperate, and heroic.

    **Please Note: The Man Who is not part of the season ticket package.

    Rumors

    RumorsBy Neil Simon
    Directed by Walter Elder

    Performance Dates:
    December 5-6 & 11-13 at 7:30 p.m.
    December 6 & 7 at 2:00 p.m.
    Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts

    Tickets go on sale Monday, December 1 at 1:00 p.m.

    Ticket Prices: $16 adults; $14 seniors/non UWL students; $5 UWL students. (Early season subscriber reservations begin Thursday, November 20.)

    At a large, tastefully appointed Sneden’s Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken and wife Chris must get "the story" straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.

     

    Catch Me If You Can (musical)

    Catch me If You CanBook by Terrance McNally
    Music by Marc Shaiman
    Lyrics by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman
    Based on the DreamWorks Motion Picture

    Performance Dates:
    February 27-28 & March 5-7 at 7:30 p.m.
    March 1 & 8 at 2:00 p.m.

    Tickets go on sale Monday, February 23 at 1:00 p.m.

    Ticket Prices:  $18 adults; $16 seniors/non UWL students; $5 UWL students.  (Early season subscriber reservations begin Monday, February 16.)

    The teenager, Frank W. Abagnale Jr., runs away from home in search of a glamorous life. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer - living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Frank's lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl pursues Frank across the country. Along the way, though, both Frank and Carl forge an unlikely friendship and discover a way to ultimately work together.  

     

    In One Basket

    By Shirley PughIn One Basket
    Directed by TBA
    Frederick Theatre, Morris Hall


    School Performance Dates/Information
    April 8-10 at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., & 1:00 p.m. (School groups only)
    Tickets are $5 per person (children, teachers, chaperones, etc.)
    Schools may reserve group tickets beging August 18, 2014 by calling the Department of Theatre Arts at 608-785-6701.

    Public Performance Dates/Information
    Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (public performances)
    Tickets are $5 for children; $8 for adults.
    Tickets go on sale Monday, April 6 at 1:00 p.m. Box office hours are Monday through Friday 1:00-4:30 p.m. and one hour prior to each performance. General admission seating. Limited seating available. To purchase tickets by phone, call the Theatre Box Office at 608-785-8522 begining Monday, April 6, 2015.
    **Please note that the children’s production tends to sell out quickly.**

    In One Basket by Shirley Pugh is a fascinating compilation of 12 relatively obscure folktales, told in the storytelling fashion. Audiences will be captivated by the rare, but not forgotten tales of youthfulness, adventure, and lessons to be learned played out by a cast of silly characters including a selfish princess, an absent-minded young boy, a rich man, and a spunky young girl. Tales include The Three Wishes, Tale of a Mouse, Crown of Dew, and The Kangaroo and the Ostrich.

    **Please Note: In One Basket is not included in the season ticket package.

     

     

    TempestThe Tempest

    By William Shakespeare
    Directed by Walter Elder

    Performance Dates:
    April 24-25 & April 30-May 2 at 7:30 p.m.
    April 26 & May 3 at 2:00 p.m.
    Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts

    Tickets go on sale Monday, April 20 at 1:00 p.m.

    Ticket Prices: $16 adults; $14 seniors/non UWL students; $5 UWL students. (Early season subscriber reservations begin Monday, April 13.)

    This bewitching play is believed to be Shakespeare's final work. The story concerns Miranda, a lovely young maiden, and Prospero, her philosophical old magician father, who dwell on an enchanted island, alone except for their servants — Ariel, an invisible sprite, and Caliban, a monstrous witch's son. Into their idyllic, but isolated, lives comes a shipwrecked party that includes the enemies who usurped Prospero's dukedom years before, and set him and his daughter adrift on the ocean. Also among the castaways is a handsome prince, the first young man Miranda has ever seen. Comedy, romance, and reconciliation ensue, in a masterly drama that begins with a storm at sea and concludes in joyous harmony.