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Contact: David Booth/Jacob Wallingford, NIU School of Theatre and Dance
(815) 753-1337

October 6, 2006

NIU School of Theatre and Dance presents 'Time to Burn'

DeKalb — A drunk, a gambler, an actor turned junkie, a transvestite, and an out of work immigrant with his dying wife might all be inhabitants of the mean streets of Chicago, but in fact, they are actually characters in a play at Northern Illinois University.

Opening Oct. 26, the junior class of the School of Theatre and Dance will present Charles Mee’s play, "Time to Burn," in Stevens Building Players Theatre on the DeKalb campus.

The black-box Players Theatre space will be transformed into the basement of an abandoned factory, inhabited by these social outcasts, asking each other, “Why life, why love, and why this?” According to the director, Richard Poole, “They represent various walks of life, but they share in a common separateness from the world.” 

Poole also describes the real world as “a grim setting … but with this play we are able to find something positive about these characters. During the play, they find ways to support each other, to have fun together and to share their difficult lives together.”

This play is adult-oriented, charged with political themes and erotic scenes, and may not be suitable for people younger than 14.

The performances run Oct. 26 through Oct. 29, and Nov. 1 through Nov. 5. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $14 for adults, $8 for seniors and $7 for students. Tickets are available at the box office in Stevens Building O’Connell Theatre lobby weekdays from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

For information and reservations, contact the NIU School of Theatre and Dance Box Office at (815) 753-1600 or visit their Web site at

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