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Evanston, IL – The Theatre and Interpretation Center (TIC) at Northwestern University continues its 30th anniversary season with “The State(s) of America: The Regina Taylor Project” (March 4 to 6). The one-weekend-only festival of original works by Northwestern faculty and students is curated by Hollywood actress and visiting artist Regina Taylor.

In early March, the final four performances of “Danceworks 2011” (Feb. 25 to March 6), will showcase the choreography of Northwestern’s dance faculty.

On March 4 and 5, the department of performance studies will present three solo performances of “Appointment in Samarra,” an adaptation of John O’Hara’s 1934 novel. On March 12, two graduate students will give solo performances of their original works.

All events are open to the public and will take place on the Evanston campus. Ticket information follows each performance listing. Specific venues and single-ticket prices are listed below. Single or group tickets may be purchased through the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or online at www.tic.northwestern.edu.

For the first time, TIC is offering $10 single-ticket prices to Thursday night season performances to U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families (with a valid military ID), as well as $10 ticket discounts for Northwestern alumni who have graduated within the past two years (with a valid WildCARD ID).

MARCH 2011 Identity. Unemployment. Communication. Dreams. Race. Politics. Technology. From plays and video shorts to graphic narratives and songs, celebrated actress Regina Taylor has partnered with Northwestern students and faculty members to create a fearless, one-weekend-only festival of original works. Through four different performances presented in three venues, more than 50 Northwestern community members have joined in a personal and provocative look at American society today. Performances include: “ID,” 8 p.m. Friday, March 4; 11 p.m. Saturday, March 5; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at the Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive. The play explores the constructs of identity and issues of race, gender and sexuality. Tickets are $5 to $15; “Dreams,” 11 p.m. Friday, March 4; 8 p.m. Saturday, March 5; and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at the Barber Theater. The play explores the American Dream and how the dreamscape is shifting in response to the realities of today. Tickets are $5 to $15; “Eyes on the World,” 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, and 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Annie May Swift Hall, 1920 Campus Drive. This short film series is a moving exploration of America at its crossroads, colliding headlong with the past, present and future. General admission is $5; and “Becoming,” 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, and 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at the Hal and Martha Hyer Wallis Theater, 1949 Campus Drive. This play navigates the complex and unknown future of today’s youth. Tickets are $5 to $15. For more information, visit www.communication.northwestern.edu/tic/performances/states/.

THEATRE

“The State(s) of America: The Regina Taylor Project,” curated by Regina Taylor, Friday, March 4, through Sunday, March 6.

“State(s) of America” Lunch and Symposium, noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6, Hal and Martha Hyer Wallis Theater. Northwestern Associate Professor Harvey Young will lead a discussion with guest artist Regina Taylor and Theatre and Interpretation Center Artistic Director Henry Godinez. The $5 general admission includes a light lunch.

Two kinds of passes are available, The Festival Flex Pass allows a choice of admission date to the four festival events (not including the lunch or symposium) and is $30 for the general public; $25 for seniors 65 and older, Northwestern faculty and staff and area educators and administrators; and $15 for full-time students. The Sunday All-Day Pass includes admission to the four festival events taking place on Sunday as well as the lunch and symposium and is $35 for the general public; $30 for seniors 65 and older, Northwestern faculty and staff and area educators and administrators; and $20 for full-time students. Passes and single tickets may be purchased through the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or online at www.tic.northwestern.edu.

PERFORMANCE STUDIES Adapted from John O’Hara’s 1934 novel, “Appointment in Samarra” examines the last three days in the life of Julian English, who pays a dear price for following his impulses at a Christmas party. The novel explores small town life and its petty prejudices and rules. Admission is free.

“Appointment in Samarra,” by John O’Hara, adapted and directed by undergraduate student Jeremy Fessler, 8 p.m. Friday, March 4; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 5, Annie May Swift Hall, Alvina Krause Studio, 1920 Campus Drive, Evanston campus.

Performance Studies Recitals, 7 p.m. Saturday, March 12, Hal and Martha Hyer Wallis Theater, 1949 Campus Drive, Evanston campus. Solo presentations created and performed by performance studies graduate students Soo Ryon Yoon and Rhaisa Williams. Admission is free.

DANCE Featuring the original works of Northwestern’s renowned faculty choreographers and performances by up-and-coming student dancers, “Danceworks 2011” celebrates modern, classic jazz, contemporary, Jump Rhythm tap and classic ethnic dance. Under the artistic direction of Northwestern faculty member Annie Beserra, the works featured center on themes of community, connection and celebration. It features the choreography of Beserra, Joel Hall, Kristina Kasper, Munjuli Rahman, Molly Shanahan, Joel Valentin-Martinez and Laura Wade. A post-show discussion with the creative team will follow the Feb. 27 matinee and the March 3 evening performance. A “Danceworks” blog at http://danceworks2011.tumblr.com/ encourages a dynamic exchange between the artists and audience. Tickets are $20 for the general public; $18 for seniors 65 and older, Northwestern faculty and staff and area educators and administrators; and $10 for full-time students. Danceworks 2011 tickets can be purchased through the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or online at www.tic.northwestern.edu.

“Danceworks 2011,” 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25; 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27; 8 p.m. Thursday, March 3; 8 p.m. Friday, March 4; 8 p.m. Saturday, March 5; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6, Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus.

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