Robsham Productions Slated

By Mark Sullivan
Contributing Writer

The Robsham Theater Arts Center 1996-97 season features two popular contemporary productions and the annual performances by the Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble and Robsham Dance and Theater Company.

This season, faculty and staff members can take advantage of half-price discounts on tickets to three Mainstage productions. Single tickets to Mainstage shows will be sold to faculty and staff members for $5 apiece, half the regular $10 admission price. All evening performances are at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.

The Mainstage series for 1996-97 continues Nov. 21-24, with "Steel Magnolias," directed by Robsham Theater Arts Center Production Director Howard Enoch. Robert Harling's play was the inspiration for the recent popular movie about a group of Southern women who share joys and sorrows in a small-town beauty parlor.

From April 23-27, Robsham will feature the popular musical "Little Shop of Horrors," by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, in which a florist's assistant plays nursemaid to a blues-singing, man-eating plant. The production is directed by Assoc. Prof. Stuart Hecht (Theater).

Beginning Dec. 13, the Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble - the University's resident dance company - will present its annual performance of "A Dancer's Christmas," a celebration of the Christmas season in dance and song. It will be performed at 8 p.m. Dec. 13, 14, 20 and 21, and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 15 and 22. There also will be a special children's performance Dec. 21 at 2 p.m.

The Robsham Dance and Theater Company will present "Dancers at the Robsham" on May 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. The group, now in its fourth year, will perform a range of styles and disciplines.

In addition, Robsham will offer three productions in its Bonn Studio Series: David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow," at 8 p.m. Dec. 5-7; "The Triumph of Love," by Pierre Marivaux, at 8 p.m. Feb. 18-22 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 23; and Lanford Wilson's "Burn This," at 8 p.m. April 10-12.

Tickets are available at the box office between noon and 6 p.m. two weeks prior to each show, at 7 p.m. the night of a performance, and at 1 p.m. before a matinee. The box office may be reached at ext.2-4800.

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