UIC Theatre asks how we deal with a ‘new normal’

Student actor Bobby Campbell as longshoremen Eddie Carbone in “A View from the Bridge.”

Student actor Bobby Campbell as longshoremen Eddie Carbone in “A View from the Bridge.”

The UIC Theatre opens its season with an Arthur Miller classic directed by Steppenwolf ensemble member Yasen Peyankov, head of UIC’s theatre program. Miller’s “A View from the Bridge” kicks off a season of plays about people who need a moral compass as they face a “new normal.”

One performance of each play will be followed by a talk led by theater critic and UIC instructor Jonathan Abarbanel, with special guests, directors and cast members.

All plays will be performed at the UIC Theatre, 1044 W. Harrison St. Tickets may be purchased online or at the box office for $17 for the general public ($50 for the season); and $12 for students and seniors ($36 for the season). For more information, call (312) 996-2939 or email theatre@uic.edu.

A View From the Bridge
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Yasen Peyankov
In 1950s Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone loses his grip on his identity when his immigrant relatives arrive, leaving unnatural desires stripped raw in this tale of the American dream gone wrong.

NOTE: Tickets to “A View from the Bridge” are free to UIC freshmen with I-card.

Oct. 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 4 (talk to follow) and 11 at 2 p.m.

As You Like It
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Dado
Gender and the rules of romance are flipped on their heads in the bewildering forest of Arden, where some of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters romp through one of his most enduring comedies. Long-time Chicago director Dado brings to life the twists and turns of exile in a topsy-turvy world.

Nov. 13, 14, 19 (talk to follow), 20, 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 15, 22 at 2 p.m.
Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. (school matinee)

SNAFU
By Jennie Buckham
Directed by David Kersnar
Inspired by the stories of veterans, this compelling drama explores the struggle of soldiers and their loved ones to navigate life after combat as conflict stretches beyond the battlefield. Lookingglass Theatre founding member David Kersnar directs a world premiere based loosely on “The Odyssey.”

Feb. 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 21 (talk to follow), 28 at 2 p.m.

Passing Strange
Book and lyrics by Stew
Music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald
Directed by Derrick Sanders

This rowdy rock musical follows a rebellious African-American youth searching Europe for the ever-elusive “real.” While he seeks meaning in a series of misadventures with sex, drugs and art, he finds his middle-class background at odds with racial stereotypes he both embraces and rejects. Jeff-Award-winning UIC assistant professor Derrick Sanders directs. UIC musicians will perform music and vocals.

April 8, 9, 13, 14 (talk to follow), 15, 16 at 7:30 p.m.
April 10, 17 at 2 p.m