The 2012-13 schedule for the Marshall University Artists Series has been announced and it’s reflective of what is happening in the world today, Executive Director Penny Watkins says.
”From the 100-year anniversary of the voyage of the Titanic, to the election of a new President, to discussions about social justice and solving poverty in America, the events offered this season are a sign of the times,” she said. “The Occupy Wall Street movement had its roots from the protests of the HAIR generation and the documentary Skateislan shows how a seemingly small effort in Kabul, Afghanistan, can have a big impact on the world we live in.”
In addition, theatregoers will be treated to timeless Motown tunes sung by the master himself, Smokey Robinson; see TV Icon Ed Asner star in his one-man drama as FDR; and hear a current pop star use his music and influence to effect change in the world. The fall and spring international film festivals will showcase movies from around the globe.
All productions will take place in the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center with the exception of “Ed Asner as FDR,” which will be performed in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.
The 2012-13 schedule includes:
John Legend – Show Me Campaign, Thursday, Sept. 20, 8 p.m. The Grammy-Award winning R & B artist kicks off the season with his music in this show which highlights the Show Me Campaign, a nonprofit organization fighting poverty around the world. Known for his work as a philanthropist and social activist, the nine-time Grammy Award winner has been recognized several times for his activism including the 2010 BET Humanitarian of the Year Award and the 2009 CARE Humanitarian Award for Global Change.
Titanic – The Broadway Musical, Monday, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m. On the 100th anniversary of its tragic journey, this musical recounts the lives and yearnings , the dreams, hopes and aspirations of the Titanic’s crews, staff and passengers. In its opening season, Titanic swept the Tony Awards winning for best Book, Score, Sets, and Musical.
Skateistan – Thursday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m. This inspirational documentary kicks off the Fall International Film Festival and will feature a post-film lecture by skateboard industry legend and Huntington native, Bryan Ridgeway. When young Australian activists introduce skateboarding, one of the few sports girls are allowed to play, in Kabul, Afghanistan, the results are transforming. Rich girls and poor street kids skate side by side and the empty fountain where they practice becomes a place where youngsters of all sects, religions and gender come together, but not without some resistance from corrupt politicians and the lurking threat of Taliban violence.
Fall International Film Festival – Oct. 12-17. Featured films include A Separation (Iran); The Kid With a Bike (Belgium); Applause (Denmark); Beasts of a Southern Wild (USA); Footnote (Israel); and Headhunters (Norway).
Mountain Stage – Sunday, November 4, 2 p.m. The popular show returns to showcase diverse music from traditional to modern. Artists appearing will be announced at a later date.
The Irish Tenors Holiday Celebration – Monday, December 3, 7:30 p.m. Accompanied by a 30-piece orchestra, the concert blends the haunting music of Ireland with glorious Christmas music.
Ed Asner as FDR – Wednesday, January 30, 7:30 p.m., in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. A one-man drama based on the long running Broadway hit and later movie, Sunrise at Campobello, the play depicts President Franklin D. Roosevelt as he reflects on his years in office from inauguration to the trials of World War II.
Smokey Robinson – February 16, 7:30 p.m. The founder of the group, The Miracles, Robinson wrote and produced numerous hits for himself and other groups. For his musical contributions he was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Spring International Film Festival – February 22-28. Films include The Skin I Live In (Spain); Where Do We Go Now (Lebanon); Adrift (Brazil); I Wish (Japan); Monsieur Lazhar (France); and The Deep Blue Sea (UK).
Hair – Thursday, March 7, 7:30 pm. The new revival of this exuberant musical about a group of young Americans searching for peace and love in turbulent times was the winner of the Best Musical Revival Tony Award.
The Addams Family – Sunday, April 28, 7 p.m. Everyone’s favorite dysfunctional family springs to life in this macabre musical comedy with its cast of familiar characters that includes Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley, and of course, Lurch.
The deadline for purchasing or renewing season tickets is Friday, Aug. 3. After that date all orders will be processed in the order they’re received. Individual tickets will go on sale at noon on Thursday, Aug. 30. The Artists Series is now offering a two-payment plan. Tickets can be purchased by calling ext. 6-3326 or by visiting the box office, which is located in the Jomie Jazz Center. Artists Series hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Marshall faculty and staff can take advantage of a payroll deduction plan by
contacting Donna May by phone at 304-696-3313 or by e-mail at
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