Third Onion presents 5 plays in 4 weeks

DeKALB — The student-run production scheme of the Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance, The Third Onion, has announced an ambitious schedule to be performed over a four-week period.

The Third Onion will present four original plays and another by playwright James McLure in NIU’s Stevens Building Corner Theatre between April 4 and May 3.

McLure’s “Laundry and Bourbon” will be directed by MFA candidate Kendra Holten Helton and will stage at 10 p.m. April 4-6. The play revolves around characters Elizabeth and her friend Hattie as they fold laundry, watch TV, sip bourbon and Coke, and gossip. Tickets are $3 at the door.

“Daughters of Waterloo” by Robert Schneider will stage at 10 p.m. April 11-13. This first reading of a new, generation-gap comedy by the head of NIU’s playwriting faculty will benefit the BFA/MFA audition fund. The performance is free, but donations are welcome.

“The Mechanics of Birds,” a play written by BFA in acting candidates Matthew Yee and Mackenzie Parker, will run at 10 a.m. April 25-27. The cast will create a flying machine in front of the audience and prepare to take flight. Tickets are $3 at the door.

“Nu Plaie Knight,” a staged reading of a new work created out of this semester’s Playwriting Studio course, features writing by BA in theatre studies student Hailey Shelton and MFA in acting candidate Jacob Smith and will be performed only at 10 p.m. on May 2. Admission and popcorn are free and audience discussion after the play is welcome.

Admission is also free for “Pyramid Scheme,” written by Schneider as well. The reading, under the direction of Anthony Perrella Jr., will take place one time only at 7 p.m. on May 3. The audience will travel from century to century to delve into the mysteries of the Great Pyramid of Khufu at Giza, the world’s largest tomb.

For information, contact Schneider at 815-753-8263 or email

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