Kennesaw State University presents “Cabaret” in Stillwell Theater Oct. 16-21


Popular play depicts political and social unrest in pre-war Berlin during rise of Nazism KENNESAW,…

Georgia (Oct 5, 2012)Popular play depicts political and social unrest in pre-war Berlin during rise of Nazism

KENNESAW, Ga. (October 5, 2012) —The Kennesaw State University Department of Theatre & Performance Studiespresents “Cabaret” October 16-21 in the Howard Logan Stillwell Theater. Tuesday through Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. The KSU production of “Cabaret” is directed by Associate Professor Dean Adamswith musical direction by Professor Russell Youngand choreography by Instructor of Dance Jen MacQueen.

Based on the book by Joe Masteroff, the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood, “Cabaret” was written by John Kander (music) and Fred Ebb (lyrics). Co-produced with the KSU School of Music, “Cabaret” will feature music described as gritty, bawdy and risque that captures the naughtiness of pre-World War II Berlin.

The popular play spotlights the political and social unrest in Berlin during the rise of Nazism in the 1930s. The social turmoil is the backdrop to a love story, involving Cliff, a writer, and Sally, the headline singer at the Kit Kat Klub that serves as a metaphor for the tenuous political climate.

The history of the “Cabaret” culture has its roots in France and dates back to 1881. Originally, cabarets were informal saloons frequented by artists, composers and poets. In 1966 the play “Cabaret” lit up Broadway, and its success spawned numerous hit productions. Adams and Young agree that the message of “Cabaret” has remained the same through the years: “Wherever human beings are, there is the potential for violence, hatred and discrimination.”

“We feel the allure of the voluptuous excess competing with the monstrous reality of impinging fascism,” said Jane Barnette, resident dramaturg. “Make no mistake about it—as much as we might leave this musical humming its tunes and enjoying its spectacle, we are implicated in its critique.”

“Cabaret,” like the department's previous shows this season, investigates many interesting aspects of human relationships. “Theater in general is a look at human behavior," Adams explained. “The live performance also gives the audience a different experience than they normally get from other forms of entertainment. With the constant availability of technology —via electronics, computers, videos, and television — we don’t have much time for contemplative thought.”

Ticketsfor each performance are $20. Discounts are available for Kennesaw State staff, seniors, military and groups. The show may not be appropriate for audiences under 16. For more information, visit the Kennesaw State box office onlineor call 770-423-6650.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,100 students from more than 130 countries.



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