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Department of Theatre Arts announces dates for 2006-07 season


BLACKSBURG, Va., July 20, 2006 – Virginia Tech’s Department of Theatre Arts has announced a diverse lineup of plays that will be performed in the 2006-07 season. In keeping with the department's commitment to new works, this year's season includes four plays written in recent decades.

Scripts by three award-winning American playwrights and a Chinese Nobel Prize winner offer styles ranging from sophisticated comedy to musical horror show and from poetic movement to intense drama. Yet, each depicts the complex human search for an individual's place in society and the culture in which one lives.

Following are brief descriptions of the plays, and dates they will be performed in a season rich with possibilities and entertainment.

Boston Marriage by David Mamet
September 21-24 and 26-29, Squires Studio Theatre
Boston Marriage is a sophisticated comedy of errors set in a Victorian drawing room.

Bat Boy: The Musical
Book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming
Music and Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe
November 2-5, 7-12, and 14-16, Squires Studio Theatre
Bat Boy: The Musical is a quirky musical-horror-comedy that tells the remarkable story of a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia.

The Other Shore by Gao Xingjian
February 22-25 and February 27-March 3, 2007, Squires Studio Theatre
Written by Gao Xingjian, the first Chinese Nobel Prize winner, this piece explores themes of individuality and conformity.

Joe Turner's Come and Gone by August Wilson
April 11-15, 2007, Haymarket Theatre
Set in early 20th century Pittsburgh, this dramatic piece won the 1988 Tony Award for Best Play and is one of Wilson’s ten “decade plays.”

The season subscription brochure and order form will be available in early August. Anyone wishing to receive a copy, or to receive monthly updates and inside information about productions, contact the Department of Theatre Arts at(540) 231-5335.

Tickets will be available through the Squires Ticket Office at (540) 231-5615 beginning August 14. Regular updates for all events are posted on the School of the Arts website.