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    UW-L Theatre Department Announces 2014-2015 Theatre Season

    The UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts production presents a season filled with a groundbreaking lawsuit, a Neil Simon comedy, a classic Shakespeare and a fast-paced musical.

    Opening the 2014-2015 season is 8  by Dustin Lance Black 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.

    Next up is the Neil Simon classic, Rumors, which begins 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.

    Based on the hit DreamWorks film and the incredible true story that inspired it, Catch Me If You Can is the high-flying, splashy new musical that was nominated for 4 Tony Awards including Best Musical.  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.

    The Tempest by William Shakespeare 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.

    The UW-L Theatre Department is also thrilled to present two Frederick Theatre productions including Peter Brook’s The Man Who and the children’s tale In One Basket.  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. 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:  The Man Who and In One Basket are not part of the season subscription package.)

    Please join the UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts for another thrilling season!  Early bird season tickets are on sale now through July 14, 2014 and include ticket vouchers for four season productions, postcard reminders and early ticket reservation privileges. Early bird season subscriptions are $60 for general public, $50 for senior citizens and non-UWL students/high school students, and $14 for UW-L students and can be purchased by calling the UW-L Department of Theatre Arts at 608-785-6701.  

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