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URI/Theatre announces 2005-2006 Season

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KINGSTON, RI -- August 22, 2005 -- URI/Theatre’s selections for the 2005-2006 season offer spirits, angels, star-crossed lovers, and a water shortage. In short, there’s something for every kind of audience and fan. The plays will be performed in J Studio or the Robert E. Will Theatre of the Fine Arts Center at URI’s Kingston Campus. Here’s the lineup:

• Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward: Charles Condomine, a British novelist, happily married to Ruth, is writing a novel, which involves the supernatural. He is inspired to ask Madame Arcati, the local medium, to demonstrate a séance. However, the séance is pretty much a failure while the lights are out. But when they come on, a strong breeze parts the window curtains and Charles’ first wife, Elvira, dead for seven years, sweeps into the room. The situation is complicated by the fact that only Charles can see her. Noel Coward has fashioned a play, which is hilarious as only a Coward farce can be.
Oct. 13 to 15 & 19 to 22, 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 16, 3 p.m.

• Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare: A blood feud as old as time. Rival gangs fight to the death in the streets and sewers of decayed, lawless Verona. True love sprouts between the cracks of violence and corruption, and a poor Franciscan friar leads the way to happiness. Shakespeare’s most popular play still proves that love can triumph over death and hate. Romeo and Juliet bring day into night, breathe life into the tomb, and ignite love and peace in the hearts of theatergoers.
Dec. 1 to 3 & 8 to 10, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 4 and 11, 3 p.m.

• Urinetown, book by Greg Kotis, music by Mark Hollmann, lyrics by Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann. Don’t let the title scare you. The play’s simply the story of two kids who fall in love in a city in the middle of a water shortage. Urinetown has triumphed as Broadway’s unexpected phenomenon: the winner of the 2002 Tony Awards Triple Crown for “Best Direction”, “Best Book” and “Best Music & Lyrics.” This musical-comedy tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution in a city where water is worth its weight in gold, is a show that both celebrates and spoofs the best of Broadway traditions. The New York Times calls it “a great musical – extraordinary, hilarious and entirely original. It is simply the most galvanizing theatre experience in town!”
Feb. 16 to 18, 22 to 25 & March 1 to 4, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 19, 3 p.m., Thomas R. Pezzullo Benefit Performance

• Angels in America (part one) by Tony Kushner. Winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, as well as Drama Desk and Tony awards for Best Play. Spanning the Reagan-Bush years, this groundbreaking epic weaves the lives of fictional and historical characters into a feverish web of social, political and sexual revelations.
April 20 to 22 & 26 to 29, 7:30 p.m. April 21, 7:30 p.m., part of URI’s annual GLBT Symposium. R.I. Project AIDS benefit. Tickets will be increased $2 for this performance only. April 23, 3 p.m. A free panel discussion, “Approaching The Millennium,” follows matinee.

Tickets are $14, general admission; $10, seniors, URI faculty and staff; $8, students. Reservations are accepted at the URI Theatre Box Office, 874-5843. Group rate information may be obtained by calling, 874-2712. For mailing list or additional questions, please contact 874-5921.