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Performers explore the college experience

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 8:43 p.m. CST

DeKALB – The dreams and memories of two Northern Illinois University students burst forth in the Holmes Student Center Diversions Lounge in a unique two-woman show.

“In Progress” will be presented in the lounge at 7 p.m. daily Nov. 21 through 24. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door.

NIU School of Theatre and Dance seniors Caitlin Cavannaugh and Christie Coran present this two-woman production, a piece of experimental theater based on their poetry. The show explores their four years at NIU and all that goes into being a college student and growing up.

Themes include love, finding your voice, leaving the past behind and taking risks to grow.

Coran and Cavannaugh took each poem and explored it through movement.

“We wanted to experiment with translating the poems from words to movement, to take the spirit of the poem, take away the words, and put that spirit into motion,” Coran said.

This is not a typical NIU School of Theatre and Dance production. It is not Shakespeare or Moliere; there is not even a script.

“The show is our exploration of theater itself. Instead of what theater is, we want to explore what theater can be,” Cavannaugh said.

The production is also the students’ senior Honors Capstone project. All proceeds will fund the students’ senior headshots and film reels fund. More information is available by email at inprogress2014@gmail.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/411509202307809/.

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