NIU School of Theatre and Dance presents two plays by John Guare

From press release

DEKALB, Ill.—The Northern Illinois University (NIU) School of Theatre and Dance will open their small venue Studio Series with the BA Showcase. The performance of two short plays written by John Guare will highlight the talents of undergraduate theater students. Something I’ll Tell You Tuesday and The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year will be performed Oct. 7-10 in the Stevens Building Corner Theatre on the NIU DeKalb campus.

Guare is a prominent American playwright known for his often-absurdist dramas about the futility of questioning existence. He has been writing plays since the 1960s. His plays have received numerous drama awards, including several Tony Awards and nominations.

Something I’ll Tell You Tuesday follows a senior couple on their way to the hospital for a scheduled treatment. Their daughter and her husband arrive to drive them there, but the young couple is in the middle of a big fight. Along the way, the senior couple reminisces about their past together and the similarities to their daughter’s relationship.

The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year is set in a park where a woman gets to know a man whom she meets regularly. As the man tells her about his life, the stories become increasingly absurd. The woman begins to weigh the conflict between her loneliness and his apparent madness.

Sophomore stage manager Kellianne Nottelmann describes the plays as being about two different stages of love. “The first [play] is about a matured love as they compare it to their daughter’s marriage,” says Nottelmann. “And the second is about a very intense and sudden love.”

These short tales of love will be performed in the intimate space of the Corner Theatre. Nottelmann sees the smaller venue as advantageous because, “It brings the audience closer to the actors.”

Bryan Wakefield is guest directing the performance. Wakefield is a graduate of the NIU School of Theatre and Dance’s Master of Fine Arts program in 2007.

Tickets are $5 and can only be purchased the night of the show at the Stevens Building box office in the lobby of the Stevens Building on the DeKalb campus. Tickets go on sale one hour before the show begins. The box office can be reached at (815) 753-1600.

From the Oct. 6-12, 2010 issue

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