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MEDIA CONTACT: Polly Burks
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FAU’s Theater and Dance Season to Explore Themes of Social Relevance

BOCA RATON, FL (August 17, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University’s department of theater and dance in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters presents an engaging season of theater exploring themes of social relevance. The season includes four plays and a dance production. All theater and dance events take place on FAU’s Boca Raton campus at 777 Glades Road, and tickets can be purchased at www.fauevents.com or by calling 1-800-564-9539.

“We are looking forward to a season that both entertains and challenges our audiences,” said Den Kopani, chair of FAU’s department of theater. “Our talented student actors work hard to put on a quality performance and this season should be particularly engaging.”

The first show of the season is “Therese Raquin,” a play by Neal Bell, adapted from the book by Emile Zola, which tells the story of an unhappily married young woman who enters into a tragic affair with a friend of her selfish and overbearing aunt. The play runs Friday, September 28 to Sunday, October 7. Later this fall, “Summer and Smoke,” a play by Tennessee Williams that tells a simple love story about two people with vastly divergent attitudes towards life, runs Friday, November 9 to Sunday, November 18.

The spring season opens with Repertory Dance Theatre Ensemble from Friday, February 1 to Sunday, February 3. This is an engaging program of diverse dance works by emerging and established artists. The dancers, classically trained, multi-generational and contemporary focused, perform an array of dance genres with technical and artistic merits. The mixed-bill program includes solos, duets and dance for the camera.

“Equus,” a play by Peter Shaffer, opens Friday, February 15 and runs to Sunday, February 24, telling the story of a psychiatrist who attempts to treat a young man convicted of blinding six horses. The final show of the season is “Lysistrata,” by Aristophanes. Set at the time of the Peloponnesian War, “Lysistrata” is a story about an Athenian housewife who organizes a strike among Greek women urging them to refuse having sex with their husbands until the men end the war. “Aristophanes” runs Friday, April 12 to Sunday, April 21.

Single show tickets are $20, and a package price for all five shows is $80. Ticket prices for FAU faculty, staff and alumni are $15, and $12 for students. Group prices are also available. For more information, visit www.fauevents.com.

-FAU-

About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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