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2010 Performances

Whammy! The Seven Secrets to a Sane Self
Wednesday, May 12
7:30 pm
Metcalf Theatre, SIUE Campus
Theatre 310b
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville


Oprah Winfrey and Ethel Merman. Dr. Phil and Phil Silvers. Nietzche and The Shirelles? WTF? The artistic team that brought you "The Probe: An Inquiry into the Meteoric Rise and Spectacular Fall of Orson Welles in Hollywood" rides again in this madcap multi-media dance-theatre comic exploration of self-help, sexual dysfunction, 1960's dance parties, obsessive-compulsive disorder, pharmaceutical bliss and suicide. Want to know the seven secrets to a sane self? You know you do. And there's only one way to find out. Dig?

Theatre 310b is an ensemble of SIUE Department of Theatre and Dance faculty, alumni and students that creates original dance/theatre performance. Primary collaborators Chuck Harper and Mikey Thomas have presented work in the Czech Republic, France, Germany, NYC, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Cast Bios

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Thursday, May 13
7:30 pm
Metcalf Theatre, SIUE Campus
Red Metal Mailbox

red metal mailbox

When you try to define something important-capture it, pin it down-it simply shifts out of view. You can only see it properly if you don't look at it straight on. You have to squint a little. Look at it sideways. You see it in a flash of understanding and then it's gone, and you spend the rest of your life trying to remember what it was. Hailed by The New York Times as "fabulously strange, delicious, engaging and nuanced," Red Metal Mailbox's newest work premiered at The Chocolate Factory Theater in New York City in the spring of 2009.

Red Metal Mailbox is a New York City based company that creates investigative performance. Their work has been presented at The Public Theater (365 Days/365 Plays), The Chocolate Factory Theater, Dixon Place, P.S. 122's Homeroom, Dance Theater Workshop's 40Forward, and Galapagos Art Space among other venues in NYC, as well as at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and the Metcalf Experimental Theater at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Artistic director Sarah Maxfield is a graduate of the SIUE Department of Theatre and Dance.

The Medicine Showdown
Friday, May 14
7:30 pm
Metcalf Theatre, SIUE Campus
The Flying Carpet Theatre

flying carpet

Set in small-town Georgia during the 1918 global influenza pandemic, this original work pits a crusading doctor against an entourage of snake oil salesmen. Public health seems at odds with the town's economic interests as civic leaders debate shutting down all public gatherings-including the popular and lucrative local medicine show. Interwoven with the realistic play (inspired by Henrik Ibsen's classic Enemy of the People) are scenes from a period medicine show, complete with tap dance, old time melodrama, country music and vaudeville style comedy.

Based in New York City, The Flying Carpet Theatre creates work that fuses vaudeville style entertainment -- mime, circus, conjuring, puppetry, dance and clowning. With a special eye towards nurturing new bold voices, the FCT has introduced several important artists to New York. For its inaugural production, FCT presented 1001 Nights, an original musical by Robert Lopez who went on to win the Tony Award for Avenue Q and then followed with a mime and magic show called The Dancing Handkerchief, of which the New York Times raved, "you will fall under its spell."

Zen Tales
Saturday, May 15
7:30 pm
Dunham Hall Theatre, SIUE campus
UMO Ensemble (Unidentified Moving Objects)

zen tales

In the past 23 years, UMO Ensemble has become known as one of the most innovative, compelling and critically acclaimed performance companies based in the Pacific Northwest. The ensemble has performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. As its mission, the UMO Ensemble is dedicated to "providing awe, challenge and inspiration" to theater audiences. The group will not disappoint as they take the Arts & Issues stage in SIUE's Katherine Dunham Hall with their irreverent approach to Zen: share the experience of the red nose monk clowns tackling ancient Buddhist, Zen and Sufi stories through mask, puppetry, live music and laughter.

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