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importance of the acting going on on-
stage rather than large, ornate sets,
Brown wrote. le also recommended
the theater have 300-400 seats and be
built in such a way that audience mem-
bers can sit as close as possible to the
"In Ann Arbor a theater of this size
could play a good and interesting pro-
duction 'Ihursday through Sunday-with
a realistic chance that few seats would
be empty," Brown writes.
The proposal says that this kind of
plain, no-frills theater will probably
sport a price tag of between $6-8 mil-
Bollinger said he has already begun
looking to private sources with an inter-
est in the arts for donations.
"This is a one-time cost that we
should be able to pay for through
fund-raising," he said. "Efforts to
raise money are something we will
continue even if the University uses
some of its own funds to build the
While some ideas on the theater's
size, shape and location have begun
to fall into place, exactly what kind
of performances the theater will
house remains almost a total mys-
Bollinger maintained that it will be
the goal of the Miller facility to attract
world-famous talent to Ann Arbor, say-
ing that excellent regional shows will
bring industry stand-outs who could be
convinced to take a visiting professor-
ship on campus. On the other hand, a
venue guaranteed to showcase student-
generated productions has to be a pri-
ority, he said.
"We will work very hard to create a
combination of the two," Bollinger
said. "As a student you want to learn
from the best people in your field - a
world-class theater can attract those
kinds of talent to campus and to teach-
ing positions. At the same time stu-
dent-produced theater is also very
Reached by phone at his home in
Connecticut Miller said he recog-
nized the dual role the theater bear-
ing his name may have to play on
campus and stressed the need for
the building to house both student-
written and produced shows as well
as the work of renowned theater
companies nationwide and world-
The Arthur Miller Theatre would join
the University's three other perfor-
mance halls: the Power Center, that
seats some 1,370, the 660-seat
Mendelssohn Theatre, and the 200-per-
son capacity Trueblood.
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WE'VshEtur YET MOUNTAINS TO CLIA
"... who 71 solve the depths of'horrtor to defend a surnbeam 's at-hitecture with his life: and carve immortal jungles of despair - - to hold a mnount
In May, I spent a warm three days
ascending and descending Mount
term, I had
decided to try
to make the
most out of my
L it e rat u r e
P r o g r a m.
NELP, as it is Christopher Tkaczyk
commonly Dally Arts Editor
called, is a six-
week, intensive course figuring in the
study of New England's authors and
poets. I love literature, and I imagined it
to be a worthwhile experience. What it
became was an inspiring rendezvous
with Mother Nature.
The mountain, sprung from the riches
of New Hampshire's Yankee past, loomed
before us as we drove our white 14-pas-
senger van to the site where our trail
Loaded down with tents, three-day
hiking backpacks and bags of couscous
and macaroni, the six of us began our trek
into the forest, the high peak of the
mountain not visible from the trail's ori-
After a few hundred paces into the for-
est, we came to the bank of a mountain
stream which proved too deep and too
wide to cross on foot. Deciding to find
the best spot to cross, our group split in
two --. Derek, Mike and I heading north
Tim, lesha and Katie going south.
While my group's search proved fruitless,
being the brave men that we are, we
forged on. Not long into our quest, Mike
heard a noise and turned to find the other
group standing on the shore across the
stream. They shouted to us that they'd
found a large fallen log downstream
which they'd used to cross the deep water.
Not wanting to admit defeat, we shouted
across to them that we'd found the perfect
spot to set camp.
We spent the rest of the day preparing
for a class in which we'd discuss
Hawthorne's "Roger Malvin's Burial."
The story, as we later came to discover, is
set upon the same mountain where we sat
while reading. Genuinely relaxed and at
ease in such surroundings, I decided to
wade out into the middle of the stream
and seat myself upon a large rock which
was constantly being tormented with the
stream's swiftly-moving frigid flow. It
was upon that rock that I learned of
Roger Malvin's death. It was also upon
that rock that I fell fast asleep.
I dreamed while I slept. I dreamed of
Roger Malvin, the man who was left to
die, alone, on the same mountain that I
was supposed to conquer the next day.
He was left by a man, Reuben, who
would eventually become his son-in-
law. Years later, when Reuben and his
son are hunting in the forest, they would
come across the site where Malvin had
been left to die -- the only marker of
his gravesite a large pile of leaves. I
dreamed that Malvin had come to life,
the leaves only keeping him warm for a
long sleep much like a bear's hiber-
nation. I dreamed that Malvin came out
to seek revenge on Reuben, a man who,
by Hawthorne's description, seemed an
exact mirror of myself.
Late in the afternoon, as most of us
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were either dozing or skimming, a loud
shriek emerged from the other side of the
stream, somewhere off into the distance
of the trees. Awakening from my soft
slumber, I nearly fell into the water as I
scrambled towards the shore where my
boots were being warmed by the hot
spring sun. Within seconds I reached the
campsite where we'd pitched our two
tents. "What the hell is that?" Iesha
demanded of me. Derek and Mike were
already heading towards the fallen log.
Katie, still groggy and slightly dazed,
stuck her head out of her tent and asked
"What's going on?" Iesha was the first to
notice that Tim was missing.
After I finally caught up with Derek
and Mike, I learned they had found Tin
pointing frantically at a large pile of
leaves, one of many identical to it, scat-
tered about the small valley in which we
were standing. As I approached them, I
noticed that the piles of leaves were actu-
ally lean-to's, structures I had learned to
build in my Scouting days. "Ancient civ-
ilizations!" shouted Tim. At first I
thought he had been joking, but with the
sincere look of pride upon his face, I
knew he thought he had discovered the
abandoned shelters of Native Americans.
I looked at him, incredibly, not knowing
whether to laugh or to hit him. "Tim,
these are lean-to's. Boy Scouts made
them," I explained. But he wasn't con-
vinced. Not until I pointed out the fresh
green pine needles, which had been used
as thatching material, did he believe that
these "ancient civilizations" couldn't
have been built more than one week prior
to their recent abandonment.
After heading back to camp, we held
our Hawthorne class around the sparking
hot glow of the fire. At 5:30 the next
Top x0 Albums
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1. Lauryn Hill, "The Miseducation
of Lauryn Hill"
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4. Beastie Boys, "Hello Nasty"
5. Soundtrack, "Back to Titanic"
6. Barenaked Ladies, "Stunt"
7. Soundtrack, "Armageddon -
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e Video Pick of the Week
Sept. 24: "The Natural"
Baseball season has just a few
days left, and, appropriately, we
should all get caught up in a lit-
tle pennant fever. It's a chance
to see Robert Redford, Glenn
Close and Kim Basinger before
they were ... well, before they
were as famous as they are now.
morning we awoke, dresst
our trek up the mountain.
Secretly, that daring
beyond our sight - beyon
The gradual ascension I
marked on the bottoms o
blisters began to fester wit]
hundred yards. As we ap
treeline, the elevation at wv
no longer grow, the forest
and dense. The sun barely
upon us as we climbed, sti
the steep side of the gia
Iesha, whose asthma begi
started to slow us down.
led the group most of the o
become frustrated. He wa
the group - only 18 ye
Tn, our leader, is 28, Ka
25, and Iesha and I are
quick to point out how Der
so much energy when h<
"21." "I can't stay up I
nights," she recalled.
Our climb became a tear
needed our support as she
and more determined that
going to climb that dan
With Tim encouraging her
"You're beautiful, girlfrien<
past the treeline and can
a granite - steep, sharp
offered death at the slighte
heavy hiking boot. I tried t<
as lesha was directly beh
didn't want to upset her i
already was. But I'm si
smell it - fear is the onl)
can be expelled through sv
When we reached the to:
tain, Tun took us over to or
peaks of the mountaintop,
which shelved a straight c
Top 5 videos
(Last weekend's most rented
Top 10 Singles
(Billboard's top singles for the week)
1. Aerosmith, "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing"
2. Monica, "The First Night"
3. Jennifer Paige, "The Crush"
4. Usher, "My Way"
5. Brandy & Monica, "The Boy Is Mine"
6. Inoj, "Time After Time"
7. Edwin McCain, "I'll Be"
8. Tatyana Ali, "Daydreamin"'
9. Next, "Too Close"
10. Shania Twain, "You're Still The One"
2. "The Wedding Singer'
3. "U.S. Marshalls"
4. "The Man in the Iron
5. "The Apostle"
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(Last weekend's most purch
1. "Rainbow Six," Tom
2. "Tell Me Your Drean
3. "I Know This Much
4. "Message in a Bott
5. "The First Eagle," T
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