UIC Theatre opens season with American classic

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

UIC student Bobby Campbell plays longshoreman Eddie Carbone in “A View from the Bridge,” which opens Friday at the UIC Theatre.

 

People who need a moral compass as they face a “new normal” — that’s the theme for this year’s productions by the UIC Theatre.

The season opens Friday with an Arthur Miller classic, “A View from the Bridge.”  Tickets are free to UIC freshmen with i-card. The play, performed by student actors, is directed by Steppenwolf ensemble member Yasen Peyankov, head of the theatre program.

One performance of each play throughout the year 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 general public ($50 for the season) and $12 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 his loses grip on his identity when his immigrant relatives arrive, leaving unnatural desires stripped raw in this tale of the American dream gone wrong.

Oct. 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 4 (theatre talk) 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 Shakespeare’s 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 (theatre talk), 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 faculty member Derrick Sanders directs. UIC musicians will perform music and vocals.

April 8, 9, 13, 14 (theatre talk), 15, 16 at 7:30 p.m.

April 10, 17 at 2 p.m.