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Plays The Hot L Baltimore, The Wild Party  Highlight American University’s Fall Performing Arts Season  

 An original production by freshman performing arts students, plays that revolve around a wild party and the lobby of a seedy hotel in Baltimore, and a variety of dance performances are a few of the highlights of  American University’s fall 2009 season of dance, theatre, and music theatre performances:

8 p.m. Friday, September 25, and Saturday, September 26
Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre
Tickets: $5 general admission
American University’s class of 2013 performing arts students take to the stage in an original production written by Caleen Sinnette Jennings and directed by Caroline Angell.

The Hot L Baltimore
8 p.m. Thursday, October 8, through Saturday, October 10
2 p.m. Saturday, October 10
Studio Theatre, Katzen Arts Center
Tickets: $5 general admission
Set in the lobby of the Hotel Baltimore, the play focuses on the rundown hotel’s residents who learn they face eviction when the property is condemned. The title draws from the hotel’s sign on which a burned out “e” has not been repaired.
Directed by Carl Menninger.
Written by Lanford Wilson.

The Wild Party
8 p.m. Thursday, October 22, through Saturday, October 24
2 p.m. Saturday, October 24, and Sunday, October 25
Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre
Tickets: $15 regular admission, $10 AU community and senior citizens, $5 students
Recommended for mature audiences. Adapted from a book-length poem written during and about the Roaring Twenties, The Wild Party tells the story of a wild evening in the Manhattan apartment shared by vaudeville dancer Queenie and vaudeville clown Burrs. The couple decides to throw a party to end all parties. As the guests arrive, we meet an assortment of people living on the edge. Queenie and Burrs set out to make each other jealous, but their game erupts into jealously and violence.
Directed by Gail Humphries Mardirosian.
Choreography by Brett Smock and music direction by Aaron Broderick.  
Book, music, and lyrics by Andrew Lippa.

Dance Chorelab
8 p.m. Wednesday, November 11
Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre
Admission is free.
Dance works in progress created by AU’s student choreographers. A panel of local dance professionals will judge the performances. A discussion about the pieces, the choreographic process, and creativity will follow.
Directed by Melanie George.
New Works Reading
8 p.m. Thursday, November 19, through Saturday, November 21
Studio Theatre, Katzen Arts Center
Tickets: $5 general admission
Join the Department of Performing Arts as it continues its exploration for new works in theatre.

New Works Reading: The Cast

8 p.m. Wednesday, December 2 through Thursday, December 3
Studio Theatre, Katzen Arts Center
Tickets: $5 general admission
Original works by students of color majoring in theatre and musical theatre in AU’s Department of Performing Arts. Students explore how their identities and society’s assumptions about them impact and inspire their work.
Written and directed by Caleen Sinnette Jennings.

Winter Dance Informal Showcase

2 p.m. Sunday, December 6
Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre
Admission is free.
Dance students perform modern, jazz, ballet, tap, and African dances. Dance instructors will introduce the presentations and discuss the focus of each work.
Directed by Melanie George.

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