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Wayne State Black and Gold Series to Present Imago Theatre April 17

Published: 3-17-2011 2:05 pm

The Wayne State College Black and Gold Performing Arts Series will continue its 2010-2011 season with a special performance by the world famous Imago Theatre. The performance will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 17, in Ramsey Theatre on the WSC campus and is intended for audience members of all ages.

Internationally acclaimed for its special brand of vaudeville, comedy, acrobatics and illusions, Imago Theatre has played to audiences throughout the world, including two heralded runs on Broadway at the acclaimed New Victory Theatre. The company's  current playful production, titled ZooZoo, features a cast of agile performers in exquisitely fabricated costumes, moving through five- to eight-minute mini-shows (with titles such as "Bug Eyes," "Frogs," and "Windbags")  that incorporate light, sound, movement and audience interaction.

The universal nature of Imago's world has won audience and critical acclaim in tours in Asia, Europe, Canada and the U.S., where they were awarded the New York Dance Film Award and "Best Touring Production" by Independent Reviewers of New England. Imago has been hailed by critics world-wide for sophisticated, highly entertaining works for all ages, and has been described as "Fantastical!" by the Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times describes the show as "Masters of mime, dance, and acrobatics ... sure fire inspired fun!" TimeOut New York says, "The effect is mesmerizing," while The Oregonian calls it "a hybrid of sorts ... a collection of vignettes using masks, costumes, puppets and the like to create visual wonderment and moments of comic possibility."

Imago's current national tour includes performances in New York City, Massachusetts, California, Hawaii, Washington, Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland, Maine, Louisiana, Texas, Missouri, Nebraska and Canada.
Working out of a large 18,000-square-foot theatre laboratory in Portland, Ore., Imago's ensemble of actors, dancers, designers, fabricators and musicians become alchemists seeking fresh perspectives of performance. The company has been honored for mask theatre pieces, which have appealed to a wide age range, and for innovative works that push the boundaries of form, design and story. Defying classification, they have populated the stage with characters and beings in works that tantalize the senses, the intellect, and the passions. With commissions for stage, film, and television, Imago blurs the lines of the expected to break new ground, exploding performance boundaries while maintaining humor and humanity. The company's innovative production of Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit ran at two Tony-Award winning theatres in 2006: the American Repertory Theater and The Hartford Stage Company.
Tickets for general admission go on sale at the WSC Business Office beginning Monday, March 28.  The cost for General Admission is $10, and children younger than 15 will be ticketed free with adult admission. Tickets will be available at the door beginning at 1 p.m. on the day of the performance but seating is limited and purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.

For ticket information please call the WSC Business Office at (402) 375-7517.

For more than 50 years the Wayne State College Black and Gold performing arts series has presented cultural programming to serve northeast Nebraska as part of the college's ongoing mission to serve as an intellectual and cultural resource for its region.


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