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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 10, 2008
CONTACT: Holly Feldman - 920-
743-4840

Isadoora Theatre Announces Award-Winning 7th Season

Isadoora Theatre Company is proud to announce an award-winning slate of theatre offerings for Door County’s off season.  Each show in Isadoora’s seventh season has been the recipient of critical and popular accolades as well as a variety of industry awards.  The season begins with Warren Leight’s Tony Award-winning “Side Man,” followed by the Tony-nominated and Drama Desk Award Winner “She Loves Me” by Joe Masteroff, Sheldon Harnick, and Jerry Bock.  The season’s final show is Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Wit.”

Arriving just in time for Valentine’s Day, “She Loves Me” is the story of Georg and Amalia, two perfume shop employees who are constantly at odds, unaware that each is actually the other’s secret lonely hearts pen pal.  With a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and music by Jerry Bock, this Drama Desk Award-winning musical is a charming and intimate show, perfectly suited to its production in Juniper Hall at Birch Creek Music Performance Center. “She Loves Me” will be directed by Ginger Auld with musical direction by Craig McClelland.

“Wit” is playwright Margaret Edson’s first drama. Drawing heavily on her time working in a hospital oncology unit, Ms. Edson presents the audience with the moving story of Vivian Bearing, a professor of English who is dying of ovarian cancer.  Vivian’s reflections on the intricacies of language and poetry help her to assess and frame her life’s experience in this affecting, Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. “Wit” will be performed in May at Ephraim Village Hall under the direction of Bill Bauernfeind.

Rehearsals are already underway for Isadoora’s season opener, the Tony Award-winning “Side Man” by Warren Leight.  Renee Kujawski, who helmed last year’s “Picasso at the Lapine Agile,” once again takes on the director’s duty, leading a cast of seasoned Isadoora performers along with some newcomers. Set in 1953 Leight’s poignant memory play unfolds through the eyes of Clifford, the only son of jazz trumpeter Gene and his alcoholic wife Terry. Alternating between their New York City apartment and a smoke filled music club, Clifford narrates the story of his broken family and the decline of jazz as popular entertainment.

Kujawski is excited by her Door County cast, which features Chad Luberger as Clifford, Mark Moede as Gene, and Pamela Johnson as Terry. Craig McClelland, Chris Weidenbacher and John Wilson perform as Ziggy, Al and Jonesy, three of Gene’s sideman pals; and Lola Devillers plays Patsy, a streetwise barmaid.

“Side Man” will be performed November 13-16 and 20-23 at the Sturgeon Bay High School Auditorium. Thursday through Saturday shows are at 7:30 PM. Sunday matinees are at 2 PM. Tickets are available for $12 by calling the Isadoora box office phone at 920-493-3667. Sturgeon Bay High School is located at 1230 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay.

Isadoora Theatre Company celebrates theatre through its basic elements of movement, music, story and thought. The company provides theatrical experiences of intellectual integrity fulfilled by open self-examination and artistic risk for the educational and cultural enrichment of the community.

For questions regarding auditions contact Holly Feldman, Isadoora president, at 920-743-4840. For more information about Isadoora, visit www.isadoora.com.

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