Theater Round- Up

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Students and community members will have several opportunities to observe and participate (if they so choose) in the theater and fine arts up-coming events. From stress releases to social issues, there is something for everyone.

Improv Night

Everyone is invited to kick back, relax and pretend to be an elephant at the weekly Improv Night, held in Whipple Fine Arts on Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6. Audience members are encouraged to think outside the box with such creative activities as “The Dating Game,” “Who am I?” and “Questions Only.”

Participation is voluntary, but laughter is expected. This event is free to all.

Lysistrata

Greek comedy, tongue in cheek innuendos and mo-town hits collide in Aristophanes’ play “Lysistrata.” Adapted for the stage by Rachel Kohler and directed by Christina Allaback, adjunct professor, the play features a cast of 12 students and community members, five songs from popular ’60s musical groups and plenty of laughs.

The play’s use of period costumes and music creates juxtaposition between the rebellious attitudes of both ancient Greece and modern America in a time when war was highly protested. The idea of ‘make love, not war’ remains a fluid theme.

“Lysistrata” opens Feb.25 and runs through March 6 on the weekends. Tickets can be purchased at tickets.umpqua.edu

Teatro Milagro

Miracle Theatre (Teatro Milagro), a bilingual theatre troupe based out of Portland, Oregon, will once again be on campus March 1 at 4 p.m. for a one-day only performance.

According to Nick Tratz, coordinator of the event, “The troupe has visited UCC annually since 2011 to perform bilingual (English-Spanish) plays on various aspects of Hispanic culture. The performances have included such topics as the Mayan calendar, the life of Frida Kahlo, immigrants and coyotes, and the legendary homeland of Aztlán. These highly accessible and engaging performances fuse language, culture, identity and social issues into comprehensible artistic media that have been well received by not only the UCC community, but the general public as well.”

This year’s performance “Broken Promises” focuses on teenage sex trafficking and the ease with which teens can be snared into that dark world. It is free to the public, with a talkback following immediately after the performance.