THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 1965
By ROBERT MOORE
When the 1965-66 Ann Arbor
theatre season opens in late Sep-
tember, it will be more than a
quick shower in what many East-
erners consider the great cultural
drought of the midwest.
Ann Arbor theatre is becoming
big business-and better enter-
tainment. Last year, a torrent of
86,000 people crowded into the
city's three inadequate theatres
to see the productions of three
area theatrical groups, the Uni-
versity's Professional Theatre
Program (57,000), the University
Players' (21,000), and the Ann
Arbor Civic Theatre (8,000).
This year, ticket sales indicate
even more might attend. The,
three have planned a program
that includes 20 plays, including
four premiers of brand new plays
and a variety of exciting drama.
The Professional Theatre Pro-
gram (PTP) playbill is highlighted
by the premiere of Pulitzer Prize
winner Archibald MacLeish's new-
One 'Smash Hit'
The civic theatre offers one
"smash, long-run Broadway hit"'
that was released so recently that,
by agreement, it can only be listed
as "To Be Announced."
The Players will stage an am-
bitious production of a Shake-
speare trilogy that has only -been
produced at one time only four
29 to Nov. 3 in repertory.
The play of the month series
has not been announced yet. It
usually starts in January or Feb-
ruary and goes on until spring.
The University Players, a stu-
dent acting group run by the
speech department, played to sell-
out audiences at every production
last fall-a remarkable record for
a non-professional group. The
Players will put on seven plays
this season, including an opera
and a new play by a University
student, and run a special chil-
dren's theatre, performing such
kindergarten classics as "Mr.
The big news of the season for
the players will be their produc-
tion of "Henry VI" in all three
of its parts, Shakespeare's trilogy
of chaos and violence. The Play-
ers will present the parts separ-
ately over a two-and-a-half weeks
span, until, on Dec. 4, they present
all three parts on the same day.
Other Player production will be
a new play by Broadway play-
wright Robert Anderson, "The
Days Between," about the moral
crisis faced by a 40-year old col-
lege teacher, and "Peer Gynt,"
Henrik Ibsen's play about an ad-
venturer hiding from everything
in his own search for identity.
Neither the opera nor the new
play have been announced yet.
The third big theatre in Ann
Arbor is the Ann Arbor civic
theatre. The theatre draws its
actors and workers from both city
and university. It has its own of-
fice and, this year, is planning a
study by researchers to deter-
mine the makeup of its audience,
to help evaluate its plans.
This season, the Civic Theatre
will present "Never Too Late," a
comedy; Arthur Miller's "View
from the Bridge"; "Kiss Me
Kate"; and an adaption of James
Agee's Pulitzer Prize winning "A
Death in the Family." The civic
theatre will also present a re-
cently released Broadway hit
which, by agreement, they are not
able to name. Ahe season will last
from late September to late May.
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BROADWAY STAR Alan Bergmann starred in the production
of "Luther," one of last season's plays which attracted 86,000
people to Ann Arbor theatres. He was brought by the University
Professional Theatre Program.
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times before in four hundred
The Professional Theatre Pro-
gram, which drew two-thirds of
last year's theatre .audience, is
one of the biggest reasons that
little Ann Arbor is beginning to
be welcomed onto the theatrical
map. Even the most literate New
Yorker could not ignore nine FTP
productions that went on to play
in New York in only three sea-
sons. Ahree of the plays ("Judith,"
"War and Peace," and "Man and
Superman") are there now, with
a fourth "An Evening's Frost")
due in October.
The Fall Festival this year will
be highlighted by the premiere in:
late October of MacLeish's "Her-
akles," directed by New Yolk's
Alan Schneider, who directed all
of Edward Albee's play and many
of Thomas Beckett's.
Also part of the festival are the
near-classic American comedy
"You Can't Take It With You" by
George Kaufman and Moss Hart
and the poignant human drama
"The Wild Duck" by Henrik Ibsen.
The festival will run from Sept.
WEDNESDAY NOONS-12:00-1:00 P.M.
at the Michigan League, Conference Room 2
BEGINNING SEPT. 1:
HONEST TO GOD by John A.T. Robinson'
Dr. N. Patrick Murray,
Office of Religious Affairs
OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS, FACULTY & STAFFt
FREE OF CHARGE (participants provide
for own lunch, however)
Series sponsored by The Office of Religious
Affairs, The University of Michigan
Coming Sept. 8: . God Is No More by Werner &
Lotte Pelz, and The Secular Meaning of the
Gospel by Paul van Buren;
Speaker: Elizabeth H. Sumner
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4TH FALL FESTIVAL
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University of Michigan
GILBEIT & SULLIVAN SOCIETY
to prepare for
The Fall Production of
Pirates of Penzance
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NEW YORK CRITICS
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"Thie best repertory cotupany ii
New York" A' .Y. Daily News
"The best of mar hops...
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Kerr, N.Y. Herald Tribune
"Exhilartl... mature theatre
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"Te foist repertory compi"
In America."" New Yorker
The poignant dramatic classic.
by Rlendi Ibsen Directed by Stegben Porte'
The Pulitzer Prize dramatist's provocative new play.
by Archibald MacLeish Directed by Alan Schneider
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