Willamette Theatre announces 2010-2011 schedule

With a $5.6 million renovation complete, Willamette Theatre will feature four productions in the university's newly renovated Playhouse.


Oct. 6 and 7 previews of "Aquitania" by Stephen Legawiec begin the 2010-11 Willamette Theatre season. Directed by Susan Coromel, the play runs each Thursday, Friday and Saturday through Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees are scheduled Oct. 10 and 16 at 2 p.m.

This comedy with song takes place in the mythical kingdom of Aquitania and is based on characters from "Legends of Charlemagne." Set in the 1930s, the kingdom of Aquitania is at war. The king summons reluctant heroine Marguerite to help save the kingdom. Magic, rituals and plot reversals abound in the ensuing battle between good and evil. 

"Aquitania" explores the truth that lies beneath the surface of every great myth. Filled with memorable characters, this homage to Lewis Carroll takes us on a strange and wonderful journey - Marguerite's voyage of self-discovery.


Directed by Jonathan Cole, "Beckettshorts" previews Nov. 11 and runs each Thursday, Friday and Saturday through Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees are scheduled Nov.14 and 20 at 2 p.m.

This one-hour production of Beckett's fascinating short plays is a beautifully fragmented dramatic event, centered on humanity's constant struggle with time, language and the fallibility of memory. The performance includes excerpts from Beckett's novel, film and a handful of some of Beckett's most provocative works.


Artistic Director Mathew Nelson presents "PeopleDance," with a preview Feb. 17, 2011 and running each Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. through Feb. 26. Matinees scheduled for Feb. 20 and 26 at 2 p.m.

"PeopleDance" is a collection of faculty, student and guest artist choreography performed by Willamette University dancers. Whether through the virtuous precision of ballet, the weighted flow of contemporary modern dance or the loose bounce of hip-hop, performers dance together in celebration of themselves and each other.

Death of a Salesman

Directed by Rod Ceballos, Willamette Theatre's production of "Death of a Salesman" features guest actor Mikel MacDonald as Willy Loman, Willamette University acting professor Susan Coromel, as Linda Loman and guest sound designer Cecil Averett. The play begins with a preview April 14, 2011 and runs each Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. through April 30. Matinees are scheduled April 17, 24 and 30 at 2 p.m.

Arthur Miller's Pulitzer Prize-winning tragedy of the common man has been a critical and popular success around the world for the last 60 years. Willy Loman represents the American dream, and the play captures the joys of family, the complexities of the human condition, the strength of will and the cost of blind faith.


Tickets are available online, at the Travel Café or by calling Travel Salem at (503) 581-4325.