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Contact: David Booth/ Kat Strack, School of Theatre and Dance
(815) 753-1337

February 10, 2006

"Faith and Redemption" debuts at NIU

DeKalb , IL—Presenting the fifth of its 2005-06 Studio Series of plays, Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance will feature Faith and Redemption, an original work uniquely created by its cast. The play runs Thursday, February 16, through Sunday, February 19, the in Stevens Building Corner Theatre.

Faith and Redemption is play well matched to the usual Studio Series offerings, which are routinely more controversial or experimental. Written from the improvisations of the ensemble cast, as opposed to the writing efforts of a playwright, the piece is guest directed by Christopher Webb.

Making his second appearance as a guest director at NIU, Webb is very passionate about the idea of creating new work in the theatre. “ I feel it is imperative to the growth of an actor, or any theatre artist, to be involved in the creation of original pieces.” Webb directed Revolution; a Song of Black Freedom in the spring of 2005.

The play follows the interlocking lives of nine people in modern day New York, as they search for emotional fulfillment. In eight duet scenes, the characters struggle to find what they think they want, and in the process, find what they truly need. Live acoustic music, performed by Sean Patrick Walsh, connects each scene.

The cast includes Henry Del Cid, Jawaan Mayes, Alisha Ketry, Andy Quijano, Meghan Shea, Danielle White, Patrick Pantelis, and Jeremy Collins.

Tickets are $5 and only available at the door of Corner Theatre on the second floor of the Stevens Building. Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday curtain is 2 p.m. For more information, call the box office at 753-1600 or visit the NIU theatre web site at