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Arts and Culture

Fall '08 Performing Arts Season Announced

By Maralee Csellar

American University announces its fall 2008 season of dance, theatre, and music theatre performances:

8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, and Saturday, Sept. 27
Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre
Tickets: $5 general admission
American University’s incoming class of 2012 performing arts students takes to the stage in an original production written by Caleen Sinnette Jennings and directed by Caroline Angel.

Thoroughly Modern Millie
8 p.m. Thursday, October 23–Saturday, October 25
2 p.m. Saturday, October 25
8 p.m. Thursday, October 30–Saturday, November 1
Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre
Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 AU community and seniors, $5 students
Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men, and a villainous dragon lady audiences will love to hate, this high-spirited musical romp tells the story of Millie Dillmount, a young woman who has just moved to 1920s New York City in search of a new life for herself. It’s a time and place full of intrigue and jazz during an era when women are entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behavior are changing forever.
Directed by Cara Gabriel with musical direction by Doug Bowles
Book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan. New music by Jeanine Tesori. New lyrics by Dick Scanlan. Original story and screenplay by Richard Morris for the Universal Pictures film.

Shared Space
8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6–Saturday, Nov. 8
Studio Theatre, Katzen Arts Center
Tickets: $5 general admission
A houseful of students, on a college campus in 1968, copes with the challenges of life in a shared space.
Written by Caleen Sinnette Jennings. Directed by Carl Menninger

7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, November 22
Studio Theatre, Katzen Arts Center
Tickets: $5 general admission
A children’s play written and directed by Caleen Sinnette Jennings. Three young students shun each other because they assume they are too different to be friends. One loves science, one loves storytelling, and the last loves sports. When they find themselves threatened by the bully of all bullies, however, they are forced to put their differences aside to save themselves. On their problem-solving journey through fairy tales, the chemistry laboratory, and the gym, they discover that their special combination of talents in science, storytelling, and sports enables them to triumph over their common enemy.

Winter Dance Informal Showcase
8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center
Admission is free.
Students from AU’s dance classes perform modern, jazz, ballet, and African selections. Dance instructors will introduce the presentations and discuss the focus of each work.


Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre
4200 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016
The 300-seat theatre, which opened in spring 2003, includes a stage, orchestra pit, dressing rooms, improved lighting, acoustics, scene and costume design shops, and great visibility from every seat.

Katzen Arts Center
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016
The landmark 130,000-square-foot curved complex opened in summer 2005. The Katzen includes a 30,000-square-foot three-story art museum and sculpture garden; a sky-lit entrance rotunda; three performance venues; an electronics studio; numerous practice rooms; a 215-seat concert hall; new rehearsal and recital halls; classrooms; and an underground garage with 550 parking spaces.