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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Sept. 21, 2012

Northwest theater announces 2012-2013 stage productions

By Philip Gruenwald, media relations assistant

2012-2013 Mainstage Series

“Wiley and the Hairy Man”
by Susan Zeder
(Freshman/Transfer Showcase)

Directed by Amanda Petefish-Schrag
7:30 p.m. Oct. 4-6; 4 p.m. Oct. 6; 2 p.m. Oct. 7
Mary Linn Auditorium

“Midwives and Witches”
by Jennifer Fawcett
(Presented in conjunction with Working Group Theatre)

Directed by guest artist Sean Christopher Lewis
7:30 p.m. Oct. 26-27 and Nov. 2-3
Studio Theatre

“Barefoot in the Park”
by Neil Simon

Directed by Theo Ross
7:30 p.m. Feb. 27-March 2; 2 p.m. March 3
Studio Theatre

“Death Comes for Jesse James”
by Amanda Petefish-Schrag and Ben Schrag
Music by Michael Trosvig

Directed by Amanda Petefish-Schrag
7:30 p.m. April 17-20; 2 p.m. April 21
Studio Theatre

2012-2013 Lab Series

“An Evening of One-Acts”
7:30 p.m. Nov. 16-17
Black Box Theatre

“A New York Minute”
by Michele Palermo
Directed by Riley Bean

“This Is a Test”
by Stephen Gregg
Directed by Cody Proctor

“The Game”
by Louis Bryant
Directed by Samantha Sciara

“BUG” by Tracy Letts
Directed by Lindsay Masin
7:30 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1
Studio Theatre

“Cinderella! Cinderella!”
by Edith Weiss

Directed by Nicole Korpela
and Helen Strotman
2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 9
Studio Theatre

“An Evening of One-Acts”
7:30 p.m. Feb. 1-2
Black Box Theatre

“The Drunken Sisters”
by Thornton Wilder
Directed by Helen Strotman

“Wanda’s Visit”
by Christopher Durang
Directed by Dana Masters   

“Boy Meets Girl: A Young Love Story”
by Sam Wolfson
Directed by Kelsey Bowers

The Northwest Missouri State University Department of Fine and Performing Arts begins its 2012-2013 main stage series Thursday, Oct. 4, with “Wiley and the Hairy Man,” this year’s Freshman/Transfer Showcase.

“Wiley and the Hairy Man” will play Oct. 4-6 in the Mary Linn Auditorium at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $8 for students and adults. Additionally, adults may acquire one free child’s ticket (for ages 12 and under) with each regular ticket purchased.

Tickets may be purchased in person at the Student Services Center, located on the first floor of the Administration Building, by phone, or at the door beginning one-hour before the show. 

The Student Services Center is located on the first floor of the Administration Building and is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Patrons wishing to order tickets over the phone may call 660.562.1212 and must have a valid credit card. Tickets purchased at the Student Services Center can be purchased via cash or check.

“Wiley and the Hairy Man” follows the story of Wiley, a young fatherless boy, his conjure-woman mother, and his faithful dog. Wiley battles the Hairy Man who haunts Wiley’s days and dreams. In an exciting duel of wits, Wiley learns to rely upon his own resources and conquers two villains: the Hairy Man and his own fear.

The production is a children’s show, recommended for adults and children ages 6 and up.

In addition, the play marks Theatre Northwest’s 22nd annual Freshman/Transfer show. It continues a tradition of introducing audiences to Northwest’s new theatre students, while introducing new majors to the people and practices of Northwest’s theater program. The production features a cast and crew comprised exclusively of first-year Northwest students, providing them with immediate opportunities to become involved with theater at Northwest.

“With the freshmen and transfer showcase, new students can show everybody what they bring and what they can do,” said Dr. Dave Oehler, chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. “It’s also an opportunity for us to teach them how we do productions here, because doing theater in college is different than doing theater in high school.”

The main stage schedule also includes “Midwives and Witches,” presented with Working Group Theatre, Oct. 26-28 and Nov. 2-4. Working Group Theatre has worked with Northwest theater students previously, helping to write, cast, direct and perform a play within weeks. The group recently received national attention for its quality of work, which it will bring back to Northwest.

Oehler said he is glad to have the Working Group Theatre on campus to work on the “evolutionary process” with Northwest theater students.

“The process is a lot different than getting a script and working on the play,” Oehler said. “You’re interacting with the director and the playwright on another level of: What are they trying to get across? How are we interpreting that and what do we – the performers and design staff – bring to bear on that theme?’”

The Lab Series opens at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16-17 in the Black Box Theatre with “An Evening of One-Acts.” The production features three short vignettes, two of which are directed by student directors. Tickets are $3. “BUG,” directed by senior Lindsay Masin, is at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 through Dec. 1 in the Studio Theatre. Tickets are $5.  

“A lot of college undergraduate programs don’t give students many opportunities to direct,” Oehler said. “We try to give students a lot of opportunities to do that. Some students will direct two, maybe three times while they’re here, which is a lot of opportunity.”

For more information about theater and productions at Northwest, click here. 

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468