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Southern Miss Theatre’s Fall 2017 Season Begins Sept. 28

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Students and faculty in the Department of Theatre are preparing for an exciting season of storytelling and adventure in the form of Greek mythology, magicians, race and religion, classic playwrights and more at The University of Southern Mississippi.

“Trojan Barbie” kicks off the fall lineup of shows Sept. 28, as its recasts the legendary fall of the city of Troy against the vivid reality of modern warfare. This brilliant, edgy play catapults absurd fantasies, humor and dance into the harsh aftermath of war: “The past folded uneasily into the present.” This play won the 2007 Jane Chambers Award for theatre innovation in playwriting. “Trojan Barbie” contains strong language and subject matter suitable for mature audiences only.

Show dates for “Trojan Barbie” are Sept. 28, 29, Oct. 5, 6, 7 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. in Tatum Theatre. There will be a pre-performance talk at 1 p.m. for the Oct. 1 performance. Tickets are $14 for the public, $10 for faculty, staff, seniors and military and $8 for students. Tickets may be purchased at southernmisstickets.com or by calling 800.844.8425.

“The Illusion” by Tony Kushner, freely adapted from the original play by Pierre Cornielle, will premiere Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Hartwig Theatre. Other performances are scheduled for Oct. 27, Nov. 1, 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. General admission for this show is $8. There will be a free pre-performance talk at 1 p.m. in Hartwig Theatre before the Oct. 29 performance.

“The Illusion” tells the story of a guilt-ridden father, desperate to find the son he regrettably exiled long ago. He engages the services of a magician, who conjures up visions of the romantic, adventurous, perilous life the son has been living. A story of love and regret, family honor and personal redemption, this joyful and highly theatrical play is filled with passion and magic.

The final production of the fall season is “Galileo” by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Charles Laughton and edited by Eric Bentley. In the Age of Reason, Galileo teaches a new science—that the Earth moves around the sun. His discoveries bring him into conflict with the church and lead to a critical moment in history. Will scientific truth be accepted? Written by one of the greatest playwrights of the 20th century, epic in scale, Galileo is startling in its contemporary relevance. 

“Galileo” runs Nov. 9, 10, 11, 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. in Tatum Theatre. Tickets are $14 for the public, $10 for faculty, staff, seniors and military and $8 for students. Tickets may be purchased at www.southernmisstickets.com or by calling 800.844.8425.

A free pre-performance talk will be held at 1 p.m. in Tatum Theatre before the Nov. 19 performance.

For more information about the Southern Miss Department of Theatre, visit www.usm.edu/theatre.