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Augustana College Department of Theatre Arts

2011-2012 season: Action & Consequence

All performances are in the Potter Theatre within the Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts, 3701 7th Ave. Rock Island.

Tickets for Real Girls Can't Win and How I Learned to Drive are $11 for the public, $9 for senior citizens and students. Tickets for Bat Boy: The Musical are $14 for the public, $12 for senior citizens and students.

Season tickets are available by contacting the Augustana Ticket Office at (309) 794-7306. Tickets for the entire season are $31 for the public, $25.50 for senior citizens and students. Tickets may be ordered online at augustana.edu/tickets.

REAL GIRLS CAN'T WIN by Merri Biechler

When "real girl" Katie Rogers competes against "copy girl" (and beauty queen) Dakota Evans for Miss Freshman B Dorm, she realizes how hard it can be for a real girl to stay true to her values when competition gets fierce. This exploration of body image, popularity and self-expression in the Internet age is the 2009 Centenary Stage Company Women Playwrights Series winner.

Fridays and Saturdays, October 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays, October 16 and 23 at 1:30 p.m.
Scott Irelan, director
Recommended for junior high and older

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HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE by Paula Vogel

This 1998 Pulitzer Prize winner is a moving and often funny memory play about one young woman's complicated relationship with her uncle. Li'l takes us along as she jumps back into moments in her life, conjuring up people from her past, and, in the process, finds answers to her life and a path for her future. Vogel's play is intended "to get the audience to go along for a ride they wouldn't ordinarily take, or don't even know they're taking."

Fridays and Saturdays, January 27 and 28 and February 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays, January 29 and February 5 at 1:30 p.m.
Jennifer Popple, guest director
Recommended for high school and older

BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL, story and book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming

Music and Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe

Described in the New York Times as "a jaggedly imaginative mix of skewering humor and energetic glee," this off-beat musical has become a cult favorite since it debuted in 1997. Based on a character created by the tabloid publication Weekly World News, the story concerns the plight of a half-bat, half-boy creature discovered in a cave in West Virginia. His dream for a normal and happy life disintegrates as he is forced to confront the prejudices of the narrow-minded citizens of Hope Falls. This is a collaboration between the Department of Theatre Arts and Opera@Augustana.

Fridays and Saturdays, April 27 and 28 and May 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays, April 29 and May 6 at 1:30 p.m.
Jeff Coussens, director
John Pfautz, musical director
Recommended for high school and older