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P A ,T.H I H G N D I VT T E f A . A J ' T ~ d O A



Professional Theatre Program


Acts, Interacts with Other Groups


nald Hall

Ann Arbor is not a vividly ver- la Cisney
tical city with strips of concrete "War and
and streams of city lights. Rather, and Supe
it is becoming a horizontal town tage" all
with the depth and breadth of a glittered
big city. Contributing to this geo- off-Broad
metrical dimension is the PTP, The PT
and the APA. They are initially, versity th
different acting companies which sional ant
interact at different seasonal in- atre grou
- tervals to form a year round cycle studentsi
of entertainment to the University awarding
community. graduate
The PTP (Professional Theatre the natio.
Program) became the first resi- advanced
dential repertory theatre in the tre area
nation to engage a long-term con- ment whi
tract when it established the the- a] theatr
atre program under the Executive Anoth
his wife, Marcella Cisney, in 1962. tion is t]
dire:tion of Robert Schnitzer and Series" w
Since that time, the program Broadway
has become multi-faceted. Natur- tractions.
illy, the presentation of plays is are broug
its main activity; and it has ac- >ver the1
complished this goal satisfactorily fields of t
with such productions as "An have been
Evening's Frost" written by the the Actor
University's poet and author, Do- man (Br

and directed by Marcel-
. It has also produced
d Peace," "Judith," "Man
erman" and "The Hos-
of which successfully
up the Broadway and
way lights.
P works to combine uni-
heatre with the profes-
tics of the New York the-
ups, by utilizing theatre
in professional roles and
special grants to gifted
students from around
r. The students study for
degrees with the thea-
of the Speech Depart-
le working in profession-
e for degree credit.
er "interaction" attrac-
he "Play of the Month
which brings to campus
and Off Broadway at-
Noted drama lecturers
ght to campus from all
world who lecture on all.
he theatre. Among them
nLee Strasberg (head of
's Studio); Harold Clur-
oadway director) and

Henry Hewes (drama critic for
the Saturday Review) and leaders
of the Moscow Art Theatre for a
five day seminar for teachers, ci-
vic theatre leaders and drama
students throughout the state.
The PTP, after fifty years of
active playing, has now spread its
theatrical wings, taking under
them one of the newer repertory
groups, the APA (Association of
Producing Artists). This group,
which is one of the new in the
trend of repertory "theatres
which can't sit still," has been in
active existence for six years. As
>ne of the first repertory theatresj
to take residence in a college com-
munity, the APA spends an an-
nual fall season with PTP and has
presented such eye-catching high-
lights as "Midsummer Night's
Dream", "Herakles" and "The
Wild Duck."
On call for this year's APA per-
formances are Melvyn Douglas
and Helen Hayes who will appear
in -Ann Arbor for the fifth APA
Repertory Company season. Mr.
Douglas will portray Walt Whit-,

mnan in "We, Comrades Three," a
new version of the work which
was first premiered in Ann Arbor
in 1962. Douglas will also appear
in the role of Sir Peter Teazle in
"School for Scandal".
Headlining the APA Fall Festi-
val will be the premiere of a new
production of Joan Paul Sartre's
'The Flies", an important drama
by France's leading writer who
vas offered the Nobel Prize in
The second new Festival pro-
duction will be a Triple Premiere
of three notable short plays: "The
Cat and the Moon" by William
Butler Yeats; "Escurial" by the
Belgian avant-garde dramatist,
Michel de Glelderode and a new
work by American author, Page
Johnson, "Sweet of You To Say
The 1966 APA Fall Festival is
expected to reach total capacity
this season: Initially everything
looks A.O.K. for the PTP and APA
,nd interested patronizers are ad-
vised to make their yearly reser-
vations early in the year.


AMONG LAST YEAR'S APA performances was "The Wild Duck" by Henrick Ibsen. Pictured here from left to right are: Jennifer Har-
mon (as Hedwig), Donald Moffat (Hjalmar) and Betty Miller (as Gina); they are all APA regulars.

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Voice, the University's chapter
of Students for a Democratic So-
ciety, is an association of young
people of the left. As the pream-
ble to the SDS Constitution states,
the organization "seeks to create
a sustained community of educa-
tional and political concern; one
bringing together liberals and ra-
dicals, activists and scholars, stu-
dents and faculty..."
Committed to instituting the
ideas of democracy into American
society, SDS members feel that
participation in decision-making
by those most directly affected by
a particular issue is of primary'
importance. T h i s philosophy,
members maintain, should apply
not only to the poverty stricken
and welfare decisions, but to uni-
versity students and Selective Ser-
vice policies as well.
"University students," Laurie
Lipson, former Voice chairman,
said recently, "should take respon-
sibility for the functioning of the
University and for its relation to
society as a whole."
In the fall, Voice will be pre-
senting a referendum, sponsored
jointly with Student Government
Coucil and other interested cam-
pus groups, which will seek an
opinion on the University's prac-
tice of computing and sending
class ranks to local draft boards.
Miss Lipson commented that
class ranking should be subject to
such a student referendum in or-
der to give men "a chance to de-
cide whether the war in Vietnam
is a legitimate war which the gov-
ernment should continue support-
ing, and if the war is necessary,
how men should be selected for
service in it."
Voice efforts against govern-
ment policy in Vietnam and to-
ward changing Selective Service
procedures began early last fall
with the First International Days
of Protest held here in October.
At that time 40 University stu-
dents staged a sit-in at the Ann
Arbor Selective Service Board. The
sit-in resulted in arrests and the
re-classification of 12 participants
by Gen. Lewis Hershey, director of
the U.S. Selective Service System.
Miss Lipson pointed out that
this Voice action was an "isolated"
one. "The atrocity of the war,"
she said, 'was not yet clear and
few had gained the courage to
speak out against government for-
eign policy in Southeast Asia."
This summer's International
Days of Protest picketing of the
Dow Chemical Co. in Midland,
Michigan., was intended to em-
phasis the SDS view of the war in
Viet Nam as not a singular inci-
dent, but rather part of a series
of aggressive trends in U.S. for-
eign policy during the last two
decades, as also seen in Korea and
the Dominican Republic.

la.tely found a focal point in the
Viet Nam war, its activities dur-
ing the past two years have by
no means been narrow or limited
in scope. Work in the area of civil
rights has also progressed stead-
In March, 1965, 70 University
students participated in rights
movements in Montgomery, Ala-
bama supporting students at Tus-
kegee Institute and other Negro
colleges in the area in their fight
against segregation.
And then this June, Voice join-
ed with other SDS chapters in is-
suing a statement supporting the
Student Non-Violent Co-ordinat-
ing Committee's actions in favor
of black power politics in the
South. The SDS statement was
drawn up during their National
Council's summer meeting held
this year in Ann Arbor.
Also this spring Voice conduct-
ed an 'information picket line" in
front of local drug stores which
sold Schenly wine. The picket was
formed as a sympathy move for
the striking California grape pick-
ers who, Laurie Lipson explained,
"stood a fair chance of unionizing
for the first time."
Education plays an important
role in SDS efforts to combat in-
justices within society and to pro-
mote changesin the societal struc-
ture. Throughout the year Voice
conducts seminars on such topics
as the American power structure,
labor and civil rights movements,
and coalition politics.
This summer Voice has spon-
sored a "20th Century Revolu-
tions" lecture series in order to
determine these revolutions' effect
on the lives of American citizens.
Miss Lipson observed that the
seminars and other educational
attempts provide a logical base for
the organization's demonstrations,
while the demonstrations them-
selves give meaning to the know-
ledge acquired in lectures. Dem-
onstrations, she said, are not
mindless but "fit into the broad
national perspective of democra-
cy; of radicalizing people."
Also recently begun by SDS and
centered in Ann Arbor is the
group's Radical Education Pro-
ject - "dedicating itself to the
cause of democratic radicalism,
and aspiring to the creation of a
new left in America" (REP pros-
Proposed at the national meet-
ing of SDS in New York in De-
cember, 1965, the REP proposal
recognized that any movement re-
quires more than idealism-"the
left must have roots and rele-
vance to evrey major section of
the American community." REP's
task is to focus on long range
rather than exclusively short-term
REP, which will involve a large
communications network, will be
developing and promoting intel-
lectually responsible programs
which will contribute to the edu-
cation of democratic radicals and
complement the action of the en-
tire'SDS movement with a base of
intellectual and educational re-


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