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All Political Views Find Expression


'Gideon,' 'Imaginary Invalid' To Lead Off
'U' Players' Seven-Part 1964-65 Playbill




From picketing to seminars,
from foreign travel to non-credit
courses, the University's student
political organizations carry on an
array of diverse activities.
Though the number of students
actively engaged in political-
oriented groups' programs is a
minority, there are nearly ten dif-
ferent campus organizations to
which the student with strong po-
litical beliefs can devote his en-
Most of these groups work in
three ways:
-Speaker programs bring both
national and local figures to open
meetings, often with panel dis-
cussions or movies.
-Informal courses centering on
such broad topics as peace are oc-
casionally initiated by political or-

-Direct action and demonstra-j
tions are nearly as frequent. Clubs
may take part in national and
state campaigns, picket local busi-
nesses allegedly practicing dis-
crimination, stage peace marches
and sponsor letter-writing drives
to congressmen.
One group has sponsored a trip
to Cuba, in defiance of a State De-
partment travel ban.
Whether the new student is a
member of the far left or the far
right or stands anywhere in be-
tween, he can find a group that
leans his way.
Voice, a liberal educational and
political action group, is the cam-
pus chapter of the national stu-
dent organization of the left, Stu-
dents for a Democratic Society.
Established in 1960, until last

year Voice was concerned with
both campus and world-wide poli-
tics. During the Student Govern-
ment Council elections last fall,
however, Voice decided that it
could not endorse SGC candidates,
as it had done before. "Student
leaders have not fulfilled their re-
sponsibility in bringing major is-
sues to the campus," a Voice state-
ment said.
Voice came "back on campus"
in the spring elections, endorsing
four candidates, but its major em-
phasis today is outside the cam-
pus. There is presently only one
Voice-endorsed representative on
Last year Voice sponsored a
series of "Voice Forums" on issues
such as civil liberties, peace, pov-
erty and economics and politics.
Voice is the local unit of Stu-
dents for a Democratic Society, a

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national liberal-radical organiza-
tion. SDS's main emphases cur-
rently are economic reforms and
Young Democrats
The Young Democratic Club ap-
plies the ideals and policies of the
national party to campus, state
and national issues.
Working primarily t h r o u g h
speaker programs and campaign
work, the YDs have brought such
notables as former Mississippi
Gov. Ross Barnett to the Univer-
sity. The group has gotten togeth-
er with its GOP counterpart, the
Young Republican Club, to hear
state politicians discuss party
plans in Michigan.
YDs will be active in seeking
votes for state and national can-
didates in the fall elections. In ad-
dition, they occasionally engage
in letter-writing campaigns and
endorse Regental candidates.
The state YD organization has
sponsored an Issues Conference at
the University for the past two
years. YD groups from the entire
state came to Ann Arbor to dis-
cuss various topics of interest.
Young Republicans
The Young Republicans Club
carries out programs similar to
those of the YDs-education and
active work during campaign
The YRs will work out of city
and county party headquarters in
direct behalf of GOP candidates
this fall and will, as in the past,
bring speakers and some candi-
dates themselves to the campus.
The YRs will be active in ar-
ranging their own Issues Confer-
ence during the school year.
Campus Young Americans for
Freedom is a part of a national
conservative organization of col-
lege students and young profes-
sional people.
One of its main tasks is recruit-
ing members from every campus
and community. Conservative pro-
grams are developed locally which
fit the particular needs of each
YAF has taken the position, in
recent debates, that HUAC should
not be abolished and has urged
the resumption of nuclear testing.
Friends of SNCC
The University Friends of the
Student Non-Violent Coordinating
Committee is an organization de-
voted to publicizing and obtaining
funds for SNCC, as well as car-
rying on local projects similar to
SNCC is an activist group fight-
ing for civil rights for Negroes in
the South. In this regard, Friends
of SNCC last year organized a
drive for food to be sent to Ne-
Friends of SNCC also takes part
in various anti-discrimination
battles drives in Ann Arbor, brings
speakers to the campus and trains
field workers to alert the com-
munity to racial problems.
Socialist Club
The Socialist Club is an organi-
zation which has taken part in a
number of controversial issues.
Besides sponsoring speakers and
showing a film, "Operation Cor-
rection," to dispute HUAC's "Op-
eration Abolition," the Socialists

frequently join with Voice in its
The club, not affiliated with any
national socialist party, took an
active stand behind Prof. Samuel
Shapiro two years ago when he
was dismissed by Michigan State
University's Oakland campus. It
has urged a strong stand on civil
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not simultaneously) until a heli-
copter flew over the field on which
they were cavorting and dropped
some $2000 in gifts, tied to 700-
odd balloons.
A carnival followed, including
further manifestations of the
competitive spirit: a contest for
the best skit, a canoe:race, a buck-
board race, a jousting match, a
bucking bronco contest and even
an eating tournament.
An even larger extravaganza al-
ternates with Spring Weekend.
Michigras, which centers around a
Yost Field House carnival, differs
from the Weekend in that its aim
is to make profit-profit which is
divided among some half-dozen
In addition to the fund-raising
carnival, however, the usual hi-
jinks take place. Last spring's
Michigras included a Frugue con-
test, and a parade (with judging
of floats, of course).
Both Spring Weekend and
Michigras are largely outdoor
events. The University's new cal-
endar-which ends the Spring se-
mester quite early-may bring
death or radical changes to the
two events, as the semester will be
over before warm, sunny days
-come to Ann Arbor.

The speech department's Uni-
versity Players have scheduled a
seven-production playbill for the
fall and winter season this year.
Ranging from farce to historical
drama, the bill will offer Univer-
sity students an opportunity to
display their talents in the art of
the theatre.
Kicking off the season will be
Paddy Chayefsky's "Gideon," a
dramatization of the life and
times of the famed Biblical char-
acter, under the direction of Prof.
Jack E. Bender of the speech de-
partment. Running dates: Oct.
Prof. Bender directed Tennes-
see Williams' "Summer and
Smoke" during the summer season
offerings of the University Players
this year, 'and he also directed
Max Frisch's "The Firebugs" last
winter. The Players' presentation
was one of the first productions
of that play seen in this country.
"Gideon" will be presented in
Trueblood Aud.
"Imaginary Invalid"
The second offering of the sea-
son will mark the debut of the
newest member of the speech de-
partment's theatre staff. Prof.
Richard Burgwin of Northwestern
University will be joining the Uni-
versity faculty in August and will
offer Moliere's "The Imaginary
Invalid" as his initial effort.
The play concerns a rich fellow
who imagines himself befallen by
all manner of diseases and the
curious fate that befalls him due
to his malingering.
"The Imaginary Invalid" also
will be presented in Trueblood
Aud. and will run Nov. 4-7.
The last production of the fall
semester will be an original drama
-a product of the English de-
partment's playwriting classes --
"The Peacemakers" by Carl Ogles-
by, Grad. It will be directed by a
speech department graduate stu-
dent, still to be selected.


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Running Dec. 2-5, "The Peace-
makers" is the story of the man
who tried to end the feud between
the fabled Hatfields and McCoys
and how he got a bullet for his
It will be presented in Trueblood
Last year's production of Marc
Alan Zagoren's "Shanakind," an
original production, was also stu-
dent-directed, by Arnold Kendall,
"Uncle Vanya"
The first production of the win-
ter season will be Anton Chekhov's
"Uncle Vanya," a bitter comedy-
commentary on life in Russia. It
will be directed by Prof. Burgwin.
Slated for presentation in Lydia
Mendelssohn Theatre, it will run
Jan, 27-30.
The fifth production of the sea-
son will be a macabre comedy by
Francois Billetdoux, "Chez Torpe."
Under the direction of Prof. Wil-
liam R. McGraw of the speech de-
partment, it will run Feb. 17-20
in Lydia Mendelssohn.
Prof. McGraw is developing a
reputation for unusual plays, hav-
ing recently directed Luigi Piran-
dello's "Six Characters in Search
of an Author," JeandAnouilh's
"Thieves' Carnival," and Samuel
Spewack's "Under the Sycamore
"Die Fledermaus"
The fifth production will be an
opera, an annual collaboration be-
tween the University Players and
the opera department of the mu-
sic school. This year's offering,

Rounding out the playbill for
1964-65 will be Prof. William P.
Halstead's offering of Bertold
Brecht's "Galileo." This play will
mark the return of the speech de-
partment professor from a sab-
batical in Europe. It is an histori-
cal-biographical drama about the
16th century scientist, and will
run April 7-10 in Trueblood Aud.
Season tickets for the fall-
winter playbill will go on sale dur-
ing registration in August, both
at the speech department's the-
atre offices and by student repre-
sentatives on campus. No individ-
ual tickets will be sold until season
ticket sales have been concluded
on Oct. 5.
Prices range from $6.75 to $4.50
for the season, 25 cents extra for
Friday and Saturday perform-
ances. All performances begin at
8 p.m., except the March 21 pro-
duction of the opera, which is a
2:30 p.m. matinee.


Richard Strauss' "Die Fleder-
maus," will feature Prof. Ralph
Herbert of the music school sing-
ing the role he created in the
original New York City Opera pro-
Handling musical direction and
conducting will be Prof. Josef
Blatt of the music school, who
also handled the same chores dur-
ing the original Met staging. It
will run March 17-21 in Lydia
Prof. Bender, who also special-
izes in direction of musical per-
formances, will direct. His former
opera successes include "The
Merry Wives of Windsor."
Other operas recently staged by
the University Players include
Tchaikovsky's "The Queen of
Spades" and Puccini's "Madame


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Civic Theatre To Present
Plays by Vidal, Williams
Five shows will mark the 1964' Ava Gardner. It willbesad
65 Ann Arbor Civic Theatre sea- inLyG rMend s ,February
son this year, with such names 2-4.
as Gore Vidal and Tennessee Wil- The fourth offering is Graham
liams heading the list of play- Greene's "The Complacent Lover,"
wrights. set for March 4-6 in Lydia Men-
Leading off the bill will be Vi- delssohn Theatre, and the fifth
dal's political drama, "The Best show will be "Shot in the Dark"
Man," a recent motion picture by Harry Kurnitz, running April
starring Henry Fonda. The open- 22-24, also in Lydia Mendelssohn.
er is set for Oct. 14-16 in True-
blood Aud.
Second will be Stephen Sond-
heim's musical fable, "Gypsy" - I
based on the life story of dancer
Gypsy Rose Lee. The successful
Broadway production starred Eth-
el Merman and the recent mo-
tion picture featured Rosalind
Russell. Ted Heusel is set to di-
rect the show, with Morton Acht-
er conducting and directing the
musical portions. It will run Dec.
9-12 in Lydia Mendelssohn Thea-





Kicking off 1965 will be Wil-
liams' "Night of the Iguana," now
a brand-new motion picture film-
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