Another Theatre Northwest season will get underway this November, and this year promises to be one of the program’s most entertaining and successful yet. Community members from across Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area are invited to enjoy a variety of works staged by professional guest artists, faculty members, and students from inside and outside the IU Northwest performing arts program.
The season begins Nov. 3 with a production of Thomas Gibbons’ “Permanent Collection,” a pointed drama about racial politics that is set largely in a public museum, where the discovery of long-shelved African artifacts stirs controversy and recriminations. “Permanent Collection” is directed by award-winning actress, director and theatre advocate Cheryl Lynn Bruce, who has worked in such venues as the Steppenwolf Theatre, the Goodman Theatre, the Chicago Children’s Theatre, and the Kennedy Center.
Visiting actors include Dexter Zollicoffer from DePaul University and noted local actor Earl Howe of Lansing, Ill. Student performers include Dawn Harris-Cartwright and Whitney Berkman of Gary, Bryan Conger of Portage, and Ann Sharp of Chesterton. The play opens Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. The audience is invited to an opening-night reception following the debut performance. The Gary Emerson High School choir will appear within the production.
Additional performances are scheduled on Nov. 4, 10 and 11 at 8 p.m., and on Nov. 5 at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $10. Student matinees are scheduled for Nov. 2, 3, 9, and 10 at 9:30 a.m.
Theatre Northwest also will present a Dec. 10 holiday concert by local jazz vocalist Susan May and the Bobby Schiff Trio. That performance is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Other productions in the coming months include the Student Showcase presentation of two one-act plays, David Ives’ “Universal Language” and Moliere’s “The Pretentious Young Ladies,” the children’s production of “Aladdin & the Magic Lamp,” and the IU Northwest Spring Festival of Dance, featuring a special appearance by the Rebound Dance Compan. Next June, Theatre Northwest will debut its Summer Music Theatre production of “Fashion; or, Life in New York,” directed by Brian Conger.
Theatre Northwest season series passes are available for $50 to $135, depending on the package. Season members receive preferred seating, a bonus ticket to the annual children’s production, and an invitation to Theatre Northwest’s holiday open house.
Regular season passes are $50, a $10 savings over regular admission prices to scheduled events. A second regular pass can be purchased for an additional $25. Season passes with patron benefits are $100 for one or $135 for two; these include tickets to each production, plus admission to a Patrons’ Appreciation Champagne Brunch and a Spring Festival of Dance reception. Also, all patrons will have their names listed in the Theatre Northwest program.
Call (219) 980-6810 for reservations or for more information, or visit www.iun.edu/~panw/theatre/reservations.shtml to reserve passes online.