UW-Eau Claire Theatre season opens Oct. 17 with 'Dracula'October 9, 2013
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire 2013-14 Theatre and Dance season will offer a dynamic range of styles and genres for audiences of all ages.
- "Dracula" by Steven Dietz is an adaptation of the classic tale by Bram Stoker. As Count Dracula begins to exert his will upon the residents of London, they try to piece together the clues of his appearances — in a valiant attempt to save themselves from a hideous fate. The play will be directed by Richard Nimke, associate professor of theatre arts. The production will be held in Kjer Theatre Oct. 17-19 and Oct. 23-26 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee Oct. 27 at 1:30 p.m.
- "Fall Dance Project: The Meeting Place" explores the collaborative creation of a dance event in an alternative space. The audience will travel to different sites in Davies Center and finish their journey outdoors. The event will begin at 5 p.m. Oct. 30 and Nov. 1 in Davies Center. This production is free and open to the public.
- "The Dance Exchange: A Student Dance Concert" is an annual event for emerging student choreographers at UW-Eau Claire. Selected works advance to the American College Dance Festival Association's North Central Regional Conference in the spring. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-7 in Kjer Theatre.
- "Far Away" by Caryl Churchill is an hourlong futuristic nightmare that envisions a world where the promise of violence broods and nothing is to be trusted. It explores the nature of war and the banality of evil. The play will be directed by Dr. Jennifer Chapman, associate professor of theatre arts. The production will be held in Riverside Theatre of the Haas Fine Arts Center Dec. 10-14 at 7:30 p.m., with matinees Dec. 14-15 at 1:30 p.m.
- "A Man of No Importance" by Terrence McNally, with lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty, tells the story of Alfie Byrne, a bus driver in 1964 Dublin who attempts to put on an amateur production of Oscar Wilde's "Salome." He confronts the forces of bigotry and shame over a love "that dare not speak its name." The musical will be directed by Richard Nimke, associate professor of theatre arts. The production will be held in Riverside Theatre of the Haas Fine Arts Center Feb. 20-22 and Feb. 26-28 as well as March 1 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee March 2 at 1:30 p.m.
- "Wiley and the Hairy Man" by Suzan Zeder will be performed as a part of the Theatre for Young Audiences Tour. The play is set in the mysterious Tombigbee Swamp and follows a young, fatherless boy named Wiley, his conjure-woman mother, his faithful dog and the Hairy Man who haunts Wiley's days and dreams. It will be directed by Dr. Jennifer Chapman, associate professor of theatre arts. On-campus performances will be held in Room 190 of the Haas Fine Arts Center April 5-6 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger.
- "Skyline," written and directed by F. Reed Brown, assistant professor of theatre arts, is a journey that ventures into the wilds of the imagination and time. It presents an inventive landscape of theater, where an aboriginal nature from Australia named Allooloo takes the audience on a walkabout through the continuum of time and history. The production will be held in Riverside Theatre of the Haas Fine Arts Center April 17-19 and April 23-26 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee April 27 at 1:30 p.m.
- "DanceWorks 2014," under the direction of Julie Fox, assistant professor of dance, will feature the department's premier performing group, The Ensemble. With explosive and evocative dancing and content, this annual venue is an opportunity to explore the rich spectrum of dance in performance. The production will be held in Kjer Theatre May 1-3 at 7:30 p.m.
- The Spring Short Play Festival will include plays directed by UW-Eau Claire's advanced directing students. The festival will be held May 8-10 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
All shows — unless noted otherwise — are $14 for the public; $12 for those 62 and older; $10 for those 17 and younger; and $7 for UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff and students. All tickets are for reserved seating. For musicals, each ticket increases by $2. Call 715-836-3727 or visit the Service Center online for tickets or more information.