CEDAR FALLS, Iowa â€“ The Strayer-Wood Theatre has announced its 2011-2012 season, "Renewal: Emerging Beyond Struggles." During the next two years, Strayer-Wood will produce plays that illuminate political and social issues. The following plays will be presented in the 2011-12 season:
"Guernica," by Cody Daigle, directed by Steve Taft, will play Oct. 6 to 8 and Oct. 13 to 15 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. in the Bertha Martin Theatre. Before 9-11, there was Guernica. The Spanish town of Guernica was home to a tragic historical event that inspired Picasso to create a masterpiece.
"Mad Forest," by Caryl Churchill, directed by Cynthia Goatley, will play Oct. 20 to 22 and Oct. 27 to 29 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 23 and 30 at 2 p.m. in the Strayer-Wood Theatre. Caryl Churchill's "Mad Forest" places ordinary people into the churning realities of acting and defining revolution.
"Dying City," by Christopher Shinn, directed by Richard Glockner, will play Feb. 23 to 25 and March 1 to 3 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 26 and March 4 at 2 p.m. in the Bertha Martin Theatre. "Dying City" is a disturbing, sophisticated drama that explores how contemporary politics and recent history have transformed the lives of three characters.
"Bat Boy: The Musical," with story and book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, and music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe, directed by Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski, will play April 5 to 7 and April 12 to 14 at 7:30 p.m., and April 15 at 2 p.m. in the Strayer-Wood Theatre. Based on events as chronicled in Weekly World News, "Bat Boy: The Musical" is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, W.Va.
For a synopsis on each of the plays, visit www.uni.edu/theatre/swt. Tickets for plays are $16 for adults, $13 for non-UNI students and $10 for youth 18 and under. Adult tickets for musicals are $20, $15 for non-UNI students and $12 for youth 18 and under. UNI students receive one ticket free for each production with their uCard. Tickets can be purchased from the Strayer-Wood Theatre Box Office, which is open noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and one hour before curtain. Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 319-273-6381 or online at www.uni.edu/theatre/swt. For more information, contact Traci Gaydos at 319-273-6387 or firstname.lastname@example.org.