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"Stage on Screen Part 1" Preview-Northwestern University's Wirtz Center presents the best of the world stage

By Debra Davy

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New plays from U.K. and Russia included in 2017/2018 Wirtz Center season



National Theatre Live "Virginia Woolf"

  Critically acclaimed plays from the U.K. and Russia will be captured on film and featured in the 2017/2018 "Stage on Screen" series at Northwestern University’s Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts.

 "Stage on Screen" broadcasts will run in 2017 from Sept. 16, 2017 to Nov. 30, 2017, and each will be shown for one night only at either the Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, or the Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive, on the Evanston campus.

 After arriving in only a handful of American movie theaters last year, Stage Russia HD launches its second season of filmed Russian theater performances.

 "Stage Russia" highlights include Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull” in a boldly reimagined production by the Satirikon Theatre; the cutting-edge offerings include the breathtaking Nikolai Erdman’s black comedy “The Suicide”.

 National Theatre Live presents  new broadcasts including works by American dramatists Edward Albee, Tony Kushner and Stephen Sondheim, a radical retelling of the biblical tale “Salomè,” and Federico García Lorca’s masterpiece “Yerma”.

 Diane Claussen, managing director of Northwestern’s Wirtz Center, said, “We are excited to be able to expand the Stage on Screen series, which has been popular with our audiences. The new broadcasts offered by Stage Russia HD are specifically attracting new Russian-speaking arts patrons to Evanston from the greater Chicago metropolitan area.”


National Theatre Live "Angels in America Part 2"

The 2017 schedule is as follows:

• Stage Russia HD: “The Seagull”

by Anton Chekhov

Saturday, Sept. 16, 2 p.m.

Ethel M. Barber Theater

 Yury Butusov's frenetic production for Satirikon Theatre abounds with an incredible freedom and openness, delving deep into the throes of artistic creation and the anguish of the artist who struggles to find a language of his own. This is not only a performance about the theater, it is an analogy of the theater that devours its children like monsters. 

 Presented in Russian with English subtitles, the running time is three hours and 50 minutes (with one 15-minute intermission).

 • National Theatre Live: “Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches”

by Tony Kushner

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2 p.m.

Ethel M. Barber Theater

 Set during the mid-1980s, in the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers must grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.

Andrew Garfield (“Silence,” “Hacksaw Ridge”) plays Prior Walter along with a cast that includes Denise Gough, Nathan Lane, James McArdle and Russell Tovey.

This new staging is directed by Olivier and Tony award-winning director Marianne Elliott (“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” and “War Horse”). 

• National Theatre Live: “Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika”

by Tony Kushner

Saturday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m.

Ethel M. Barber Theater

 Part two of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play, “Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes” follows part one’s matinee screening.

National Theatre Live "Salome"

• National Theatre Live: “Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”

by Edward Albee

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m.

Josephine Louis Theater

 Imelda Staunton (“Gypsy,” “Vera Drake,” the “Harry Potter” films), Conleth Hill, Luke Treadaway and Imogen Poots star in James Macdonald’s new production of Edward Albee’s landmark play.

In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple is drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.

• National Theatre Live: “Salomé”

by Yaël Farber

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m.

Josephine Louis Theater

 In an occupied desert nation, a radical from the wilderness is on a hunger strike, and a girl’s mysterious dance will change the course of the world. This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the center of a revolution. Internationally-acclaimed theater director Yaël Farber (“Les Blancs”) draws on multiple accounts to create her urgent, hypnotic production.

Please note this production contains nudity, and the characters depict and make reference to sexual violence.

• National Theatre Live: “Yerma”

by Federico García Lorca

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m.

Josephine Louis Theater

 A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s powerful masterpiece. This critically acclaimed production starring Billie Piper sold out at the Young Vic. Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her 30s desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking climax.  

 The running time is one hour and 30 minutes.

• Stage Russia HD: “The Suicide”

by Nikolai Erdman

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2 p.m.

Josephine Louis Theater

 Sergey Zhenovach's adaptation of Nikolai Erdman's comedy centers around a young, unemployed man desperate enough to contemplate ending it all. As soon as he declares his will to die, he finds himself surrounded by a variety of characters begging him to kill himself as a gesture for their cause. Flattered by this notoriety but panicked at the prospect of actually having to go through with it, he must find a way out that somehow leaves his dignity intact. 

 Presented in Russian with English subtitles, the running time is three hours (with one 15-minute intermission).

Stage Russia "The Seagull"

• National Theatre Live: “Follies”

book by James Goldman

music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Thursday, Nov. 30, 7 p.m.

Josephine Louis Theater

 It’s 1971 in New York, and there’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow, the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Directed by Dominic Cooke (“The Comedy of Errors”), “Follies” features a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21.

 The running time is three hours and 30 minutes.


The Wirtz Center's Stage on Screen broadcasts are sponsored by a generous grant from The Alumnae of Northwestern University. National Theatre Live is supported by funding from Arts Council England and AVIVA.

 Tickets are $20 for general public, $16 for Northwestern faculty and staff and $10 for students with valid I.D. Tickets are available online at the Wirtz Center website, by phone at 847-491-7282 or in person at the Wirtz Center box office in the Barber Theater lobby, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston.     

The Wirtz Center is a member of the Northwestern Arts Circle, which brings together film, humanities, literary arts, music, theater, dance and visual arts. Search for events across all artistic disciplines at Northwestern Arts Circle.


Stage Russia "The Suicide"

All photos courtesy of National Theatre Live/Stage Russia HD

Published on Sep 10, 2017

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