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					Hopkins Center for the Arts
6041 Lower Level Wilson Hall Dartmouth College Hanover, NH 03755

Contact: Becky Bailey Voice: 603.646.3991 Email: rebecca.a.bailey@dartmouth.edu

For Immediate Release: October 25, 2009 1970s KINKY CAMP CLASSIC COMES TO HOP CALENDAR LISTING: The Rocky Horror Show, the 1973 hit rock-'n'-roll musical and science-fiction spoof, by the Dartmouth Department of Theater. Mature language and themes. Not recommended for young children. Friday & Saturday, November 13 & 14, 8 pm Thursday-Saturday, November 19-21, 8 pm Sunday, November 15 & 22, 2 pm The Moore Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hanover, NH Ticket price: $14, Dartmouth students $5, all other students $6 Information: Hopkins Center Box Office, 603.646.2422 or hop.dartmouth.edu RELATED LINKS: Gregory Daniels' website www.GregoryDaniels.net HANOVER, NH-- The Rocky Horror Show, the ever-popular rock-'n'-roll musical and horror/sci-fi spoof, opens a two-weekend run starting Friday, November 13, in The Moore Theater of the Hopkins Center. Studio 54-style disco excesses reign in both décor and costuming as the Dartmouth Department of Theater pulls out all the stops in recreating the glitz and glam-rock of the late 1970s, the decade when The Rocky Horror Show and its screen adaptation, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, spawned international cult followings that continue to this day. The cast--students plus Dartmouth theater faculty member James Rice--is directed by Dartmouth theater faculty member Carol Dunne, known locally for her work as Artistic Director of the New London Barn Playhouse and acting with Northern Stage, and for her direction two years ago of Dartmouth's hit version of the retro musical Hair. The show opened in 1973 in London, written by Richard O'Brien and Jim Sharman, who had met during a run of that other 1970s rock musical, Jesus
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Christ Superstar, in which O'Brien played Herod. With its insanely catchy songs, send ups of horror and sci-fi movie clichés, and unabashedly kinky characters (first and foremost, Dr. Frank 'N' Furter, self-described as “just a sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania”), The Rocky Horror Show was a hit, moving onto Broadway and other productions in the US and internationally. The show continues to be a revival favorite, with new productions and tours appearing regularly worldwide. Twenty-nine cast recordings have been made; listeners can do The Time Warp in 12 languages including Portuguese, Afrikaans, Korean and Icelandic. The 1975 film adaptation, The Rocky Horror Picture Show¸ attracted a huge popular following worldwide, from big cities to one-street-light towns. Considered to be the longest running release in film history, the film has never been pulled by 20th Century Fox from its original 1975 release, and continues to play in cinemas more than thirty years later. Some cinemas showing the movie have run it for decades at a time. Along with Dunne, the artistic team includes choreographer Gregory Daniels, whose stage credits include The Producers (New London Barn Playhouse), Anything Goes (TUTS Houston), Putting It Together starring Tony Award winners Lillias White and Chuck Cooper (Syracuse Stage), All Shook Up (Papermill Theater, nominated for seven New Hampshire Theatre Awards) and Forever Plaid, I Do! I Do!, Dear World, The Spitfire Grill and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. (Bristol Riverside Theatre), the premiere of a new musical, All Her Faces: A Portrait Of Dusty Springfield, and the award winning short film I Love You, I’m Sorry, And I’ll Never Do It Again. Music direction is by Louis Burkot, director of the Dartmouth College Glee Club and Artistic Director of Opera North, as well as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Music. Set design is by Visiting Professor of Theater Georgi AlexiMeskhishvili, a prominent set designer, painter and sculptor with works exhibited throughout Europe, Russia, South America and the United States. Lighting and projection design is by Theater Professor Dan Kotlowitz, who has designed more than 200 professional productions in New York and major regional theater companies throughout the US. Costume design is by Assistant Professor of Theater Laurie Churba Kohn, who joined the Dartmouth faculty last year after working extensively in New York for 15 years as a designer in theatre, television and film. The show contains mature language and themes and is not recommended for young children. Also, while audiences are encouraged to dress up like their favorite Rocky Horror character and sing and dance along with the performance, throwing objects at the stage and in the theater is prohibited. * * *

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Carol Dunne (Director) joined the Dartmouth Theater Department in 2005 and teaches Acting I, II, III and Acting for Musical Theater. She is also the Artistic Director of the New London Barn Playhouse where she has directed productions of The Producers, I Hate Hamlet, and A Grand Night for Singing. Prior to coming to Dartmouth, Carol was a company member of The Cleveland Play House where she directed On Golden Pond and acted in many productions, including Proof, Dracula, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Company and Side Show. Other regional acting work includes Blithe Spirit, Fallen Angels and Antony and Cleopatra at the Great Lakes Theater Festival, Into the Woods at Cain Park, and Private Lives, Lend Me a Tenor, Dancing at Lughnasa and Cats at the Northern Stage in WRJ, Vermont. She was the Interim Director of Musical Theatre at BaldwinWallace College where she taught and directed for many years. Other directing credits: Damn Yankees, Kiss Me Kate, A Russian Romance and Picasso at the Lapin Agile at the Monomoy Theater, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Art, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me and Crimes of the Heart at the Beck Center, Songs for a New World (Northern Ohio Live Nomination) and Kiss Me, Kate at Cleveland’s Cain Park Theater, and 2007’s production of Hair at Dartmouth College. Carol holds a B.A. from Princeton and an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and lives in Etna with husband Peter Hackett and children Ellie and Jamie. * * *

The Hopkins Center for the Arts, a multi-disciplinary academic, visual and performing arts center since 1962, presents over 300 events each year. With Outreach and Arts Education programs serving more than 22,000 Upper Valley residents and students annually, its mission is "to ignite and sustain a passion for the arts within Dartmouth and its greater community and to provide the core educational environment for the study, creation and presentation of the arts."

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