Gonzaga University Theatre announces the 2009-2010 season with the opening of “Pride and Prejudice,” the classic novel by Jane Austen adapted for the stage by British Broadcasting Corporation writer Marcus Goodwin. The production opens at 7:30 pm, Friday, Oct. 23 in the Harry & Colleen Magnuson Theatre at the east end of Gonzaga’s College Hall (formerly known as the Administration Building). Performances continue Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 pm, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 1 at 2 p.m.
“One might ask, what is keeping Elizabeth from seeing Mr. Darcy? What’s keeping Jane from landing Mr. Bingley? And ah, Lydia!” All the intrigue, romance, and high spirits of the Bennets’ world will be brought to the Magnuson Theatre under the direction of Brian C. Russo.
The season continues with “Weaving Our Sister’s Voices,” a performance of dance, music and poetry that explores how women of Scripture relate to our lives. Audiences will hear from Vashti, Jochebed, Miriam and 10 other named and unnamed ancient women, as contemporary themes are explored within these ancient stories. This artistic collaboration among faculty from GU’s theatre/dance, religious studies and music departments creatively breathes life into the Holy Scriptures. Performance dates are Jan. 29-30 at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 31 at 2 p.m., Feb. 5-6 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 7 at 2 p.m.
Springtime brings Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata,” translated by Nicholas Rudall, to the GU stage. The women of ancient Greece refuse to make love until their warring husbands make peace, as Aristophanes whips up a bawdy whirlpool of the war between the sexes and the folly of war in a farce that makes the TV cartoon “South Park” look like Sunday school. “Lysistrata” opens March 25 at 7:30 p.m. and continues March 26-27 at 7:30 p.m., with matinee performances March 27-28 at 2 p.m.
The Ninth Annual Spring Dance Concert completes the main stage season with performances in the disciplines of ballet, jazz and tap; student choreography also will be featured. Performance dates are April 22-23 at 7:30 pm and April 24 at 2 p.m.
For more information contact Summer Berry, costumer and marketing coordinator for the Magnuson Theatre at (509) 313-3606 or via email .