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IUN plans theater, art events

Updated: November 7, 2013 2:27AM



Indiana University Northwest invites the community and alumni to upcoming productions and exhibits.

‘Driving Miss Daisy’: MasMedia 7, an independent production company, will stage a production of “Driving Miss Daisy,” a play by Alfred Uhry, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12, 13 and 14 and at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 15 at Theatre Northwest on Grant, 3660 Grant St., located one mile west of the Indiana University Northwest campus at 37th Avenue and Grant Street.

Theatre Northwest is the performance company of the IU Northwest Department of Performing Arts.

The one-hour play is directed by Mark Spencer, IU Northwest visiting professor of theater. Spencer, of Gary, graduated from IU Northwest in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in theater. MasMedia 7 is his independent production company.

Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play, “Driving Miss Daisy” is a warm-hearted, humorous and affecting study of the unlikely relationship between an aging, grumpy white Southern lady, and a proud, soft-spoken black man. “Driving Miss Daisy,” the Academy Award-winning film starring Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy, is based on this one-act play.

The cast includes: Darryl Crockett as Hoke Colburn; Jennifer Mead as Daisy Werthan; and Bill Bodner as Boolie Werthan. Set design is by Kathy Arfken, IU Northwest associate professor of theater.

Tickets are $10. Reservations are highly recommended by calling 980-6808 or visiting www.iun.edu/theatre.

For information, contact Mark Spencer at masmedia7@yahoo.com.

Artists’ reception for Pinpoint Exhibition: IU Northwest’s Gallery for Contemporary Art announces its most recent exhibit, “Pinpoint,” which will be on display through Sept. 20.

An artists’ reception is planned for 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17 in the gallery, located in the Savannah Center neighboring the IU Northwest Book Store.

First time curator Holly Sabin Houston is a young artist from the Perimeter Gallery in Chicago. For this exhibit, she has assembled a group of artists with various and complementary styles. They include Jennifer Hines, Brent Houston, Raul Mendez, Cole Pierce, and Morgan Sims. Their pieces are a mixed complementary collection of drawings, oil paintings, a neon piece and mixed media pieces.

The IU Northwest Gallery for Contemporary Art is open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.

For more information, contact Gallery Director Ann Fritz at 980-6891 or e-mail afritz@iun.edu.

IU alumni groups theater: The IU Northwest Alumni Association and the IU Alumni Association — Lakeshore Region Chapter, invite all IU alumni and their friends and family to join them for IU Alumni Theater Night.

“Godspell” will take the stage Friday, Oct. 11 at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster.

While the show starts at 8 p.m., IUAA ticket buyers are invited to a pre-show reception with appetizers beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $40 for IUAA members and $45 for non-members. Prices include the appetizer reception.

As described on the theater’s website, “Godspell is one of the biggest Broadway successes of all time. Based on The Gospel According to St. Matthew, it features a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz (‘Wicked’), and well-loved songs, led by the international hit ‘Day by Day.’ A recent long-running Broadway revival, ‘Godspell’ joyously animates the parables of Jesus Christ. Its powerful message of kindness, tolerance and love is told using such theatrical traditions as clowning, pantomime and acrobatics.”

For tickets, contact the IU Northwest Office of Alumni Relations at 980-6769 or alumninw@iun.edu.



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