The audience plays the role of detective while searching for clues in Indiana University Northwest's production of "Private Eyes", a comedy of surprise and misdirection. Hailed by many as one of the country's most promising new writers, the playwright, Steven Dietz, keeps the audience guessing in this hilarious "relationship thriller" about love, lust and the power of deception. THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE called it "the cleverest and most artful piece presented at the 21st annual Humana Festival".
Opening night for "Private Eyes" is at 7:30 p.m. on February 15th. Additional performances are February 16th at 7:30 p.m. and February 17th at 2:30 p.m. All tickets are $7.00. Conveniently located one block South of the Broadway Exit of I80/94, Theatre Northwest is situated on the campus of Indiana University Northwest in Tamarack Hall. For ticket reservations call (219) 980-6808. Tickets are also available at the door.
Guest director, Deb Thomas is a graduate of IU Northwest with a BA in Theatre. Thomas went on to Roosevelt University in Chicago to earn her MFA in Theatre. Her professional acting career includes theatrical productions in Chicago, at the Munster Center for Performing Arts, and Beef & Boards dinner theatre in Indianapolis.
Celebrating its 40th year, Indiana University Northwestís Theatre Northwest began with a troupe of five local actors that appeared in the comedy, "Bell, Book and Candle". Their effort launched locally produced plays that would eventually evolve into IU Northwestís Bachelor of Arts degree program starting in 1974. Since that time, Theatre Northwestís entire season has been produced exclusively by campus students and faculty with an open-casting policy offered to the community.
Jerry R. Taylor, associate professor of theatre and chairperson of IU Northwestís performing arts program has been with the department for over 19 years and serves as director of most of the seasonís productions. He has directed and/or designed nearly 250 college/university productions, and has also acted in numerous roles. A graduate of Ball State University and West Virginia State College, Taylor was the recipient of the Gulf-Life Insurance Grant to study theatre in England, and also received the Kennedy Center Festival Award of Merit for his direction of the 1997 Theatre Northwest production, All My Sons.