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‘Not About Nightingales’ comes to School of Theatre and Dance

By Sarah Contreras | February 19, 2013

A famed playwright, a missing play, a beautiful actress on a mission and a story too good to believe--these elements are behind the School of Theatre and Dance’s newest production, “Not About Nightingales.” The fifth production in the School of...

‘Hamlet Redux’ comes to NIU

By Sarah Contreras | February 13, 2013

To be or not to be a five-hour long play? That is the question “Hamlet” asks. This week, the School of Theatre and Dance answers that question with a production of “Hamlet Redux” --a two-hour staging of William Shakespeare’s classic tale of...

Mark Gardner,MFA graduate student, (in white) as Husz, and BFA student Matt Yee (seated) as The Devil perform in the School of Theatre and Dances new production Bright Room Called Day, which will be opening on January 1st.

‘A Bright Room Called Day’ explores political themes

By Beth Schumacher | January 30, 2013

The School of Theatre and Dance catalyzes political and personal thought in the upcoming production of “A Bright Room Called Day.” The play will run 7:30 p.m. today until Feb. 10 at the Players Theatre in the Stevens Building. Sunday’s show starts...

The Stage Coach Players of DeKalb will open their new musical
comedy Curtains Thursday. 

Curtains up for the Stage Coach Players of DeKalb

September 14, 2011

The Stage Coach Players of DeKalb will open their new musical comedy Curtains Thursday. "Curtains is about a theater company in 1959, who are showing a preview of their new play when the lead lady is murdered on stage," said director Tim Ball. The mystery...

Cast, director and audiences deserve credit for ‘The Memorandum’

By Letter Writer | February 23, 2011

The school of theatre and dance just had a two-week run of Vaclav Havel's "The Memorandum." As a cast member, I wanted to express my gratitude towards the cast, crew and the amazing audiences that we had. "The Memorandum" is a difficult show filled with...

Cast members of In the Blood perform Wednesday night. The show, which is an updated version of The Scarlet Letter. begins its run tonight at 7 and continues through the weekend, ending with a matinee on Sunday at 2 p.m.

‘In The Blood’ runs thick with realism

By Troy Doetch | February 17, 2011

When I asked director Anthony Perella Jr. how he was going to be delicate about issues of gender, race and class in a play about a homeless African American mother of five, he said he wasn't going to be sensitive. In the Blood, a gritty tragedy by Suzan-Lori...

NIU defensive back Chris Smith (middle) has stepped his game up both on the field and in the classroom.

Smith excels on and off field

By Jimmy Johnson | November 15, 2010

This December is going to be extra special for Chris Smith. Not because the senior cornerback expects to receive a particular gift under his Christmas tree. Rather, he's going to graduate and earn a college degree, an accomplishment Smith could hardly...