NIU School of Theatre and Dance returns with live performances

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Graduate teaching student Shannon Coltrane as Marie Antoinette, discusses her predicament during the French Revolution in the NIU School of Theatre and Dance’s production of “The Revolutionists” in 2019 in the O’Connell Theatre.

Madelaine Vikse, Assistant Lifestyle Editor

DeKALB The NIU School of Theatre and Dance plans to bring back live performances starting Friday in the Stevens Building.

Each show will be featured for two weeks with performances starting Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. and then Saturday at 2 p.m. The dance concerts will have four performances each at 7:30 p.m., according to the NIU Arts Blog website.

Tickets are available for purchase on the NIU Theatre’s website. Performances are available for NIU students to attend for free if tickets are reserved in advance.

Kernel of Sanity

“Kernel of Sanity” is a play written by Kermit Frazier and it is a mystery drama that deals with topics including white privilege as the storyline follows a young Black actor and an old white actor. Performances will be from Oct. 1 to 3 and Oct. 7 to 9 at the Sally Stevens Players Theatre.

Edward II

Written by Christopher Marlowe and adapted by Frankie DiCiaccio, “Edward II” is about a ruling monarch’s troubles. Performances will be from Oct. 15 to 17 and Oct. 21 to 23 at the Sally Stevens Players Theatre.

Twelfth Night

Famously written by William Shakespeare, “Twelfth Night” is a well-known storyline best described as a romantic comedy. Performances will be from Oct. 29 to 31 and Nov. 4 to 6 at the Black Box Theatre.

Three Sisters

The play “Three Sisters” follows three sisters that want to travel to Moscow. The play will be an adaptation by Alexander Gelman, of Anton Chekhov’s play of the same name. Performances will be from Nov. 5 to 7 and Nov. 11 to 13 at the Sally Stevens Players Theatre.

Fall Dance Concert

The Fall Dance Concert shows will feature dancers from the NIU School of theatre and Dance. Performances will be from Nov. 17 to 20 at the O’Connell Theatre.

Hit the Wall

Written by Ike Holter, “Hit the Wall” follows events that happened after Judy Garland was found dead in 1969, and introduces fictional characters to the storyline. Performances will be from Feb. 4 to 6 and Feb. 10 to 12 at the Sally Stevens Players Theatre.

RUR

Science fiction play “RUR,” written by Karel Čapek and adapted by Matt Yee, deals with robots in a dystopian setting. Performances will be from Feb. 25 to 27 and March 3 to 5 at the Sally Stevens Players Theatre.

The Conference of the Birds

“The Conference of the Birds” is a fantasy play written by Sholeh Wolpé, and is based off Farid ud-Din Attar’s poem of the same name. Performances will be from April 1 to 3 and April 7 to 9 at the Black Box Theatre.

The Language Archive

Written by Julia Cho, “The Language Archive” features a love triangle and different languages. Performances will be from April 22 to 24 and April 28 to 30 at the Sally Stevens Players Theatre.

Spring Dance Concert

The Spring Dance Concert shows will feature dancers from the NIU School of Theatre and Dance. Performances will be from April 27 to 30 at the O’Connell Theatre.

There will also be a MFA/BFA Actor Showcase event from April 13 to 16. The event is free to attend and will take place in the Sally Stevens Theatre. The showcase will be featuring videos of each actor’s highlights.

Face masks are required to attend these events. For information about COVID-19 and updated guidelines, visit the NIU Protecting the Pack website.