Great actors often disappear into their roles, just as great musicians lose themselves in their music and great bakers burrow into vats of bread dough. Catch an artful vanishing act with this GrouponLive deal: for $36, you get a three-play flex subscription to the Theatre and Interpretation Center at Northwestern University in Evanston (up to a $75 value). Subscriptions are valid for any three main-stage productions through May 26. Doors open one hour before showtime.
Nickel and Dimed, February 1–10
Based on Barbara Ehrenreich’s book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, this play spotlights the everyday struggles of working-class Americans. Between 1998 and 2000, Ehrenreich researched her book by working undercover in a number of positions, including as a hotel maid, waitress, nursing-home worker, and store clerk. This play follows the intrepid reporter as she exposes the reality of having to live paycheck to paycheck.
The Pajama Game, February 15–March 3
The Pajama Game opened on Broadway in 1954, and, with jazzy tunes such as “Steam Heat” and “Hey There,” inspired a 1957 film adaptation starring Doris Day. At the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory, the workers are ready to revolt after their demands for a 7.5-cent raise are ignored. Union spokesperson Catherine “Babe” Williams is dead set on delivering their grievances in song-and-dance form, and her nemesis, the new superintendent, Sid Sorokin, is prepared to fight all the way to the bank. There’s just one problem: the two fall instantly in love. Money, class, and thread count all leap to the fore in this thigh-slapping comedy about industrial romance.
Occupy Dance 2013, March 1–10
Through dance and text, choreographers address some of the key questions of poverty: Who is impoverished? What does that mean? What are the effects of poverty on the community? An award-winning Northwestern University dance teacher oversees this project, which incorporates dance theater, contact improvisation, hip-hop, and jazz. A preshow conversation and spoken-word performances throughout the show guide the discussion about this unresolved, often unrecognized, issue.
The Exonerated, April 19–May 5
Playwrights Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen interviewed six former Death Row inmates whose convictions were overturned to tell the story of their trials, incarcerations, and eventual releases. Throughout the play, the voices of these men and women recall the lives they lost in prison and their plans to rebuild. Co-produced with the Next Theatre Company and presented in partnership with The Center on Wrongful Convictions, The Exonerated challenges the notion of the Land of the Free, even for those cleared of all charges.
Somewhere between an experimental theater piece, a public conversation, and a charity drive for underserved people, How to End Poverty challenges audience members to join the conversation of how to spend the $1,000 cash sitting on stage—the product of ticket sales. Roughly 200 engage in spirited debate, making a collective decision that could make the world a better place.
Please note that this Groupon does not reflect the best ticket value for full-time Northwestern students, who are eligible for a $25 five-play flex pass.