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KU to host writer-performer Heather Harpham this week

The Commons, in partnership with the Kansas University theatre department, will host writer and performer Heather Harpham as artist-in-residence this week.

2015 Spring Arts Preview

With temperatures already warming up, it's a good time to take a look at a the crop of activities on the calendar for this spring in Lawrence. We've rounded up a few of the many fun arts, entertainment, music, food, theater and performance events going on between now and the start of summer.

KU mourns death of longtime theater professor Ron Willis

Ron Willis, a professor emeritus of theater at Kansas University, died last week at his home in Lawrence.

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Racial divide: Theatre Lawrence, KU Theatre collaboration examines race, property

If talking about race makes you uncomfortable, it may be time to ask yourself why. That’s the idea behind Theatre Lawrence’s current production, “Clybourne Park,” which opened Friday and is being staged in conjunction with KU Theatre's “A Raisin in the Sun.”

Arts Center to stage family-friendly 'Sleeping Beauty,' 'Anansi the Spider'

The Lawrence Arts Center will stage a family-friendly two-part dance performance this weekend with "Sleeping Beauty" and "Anansi the Spider."

KU students to debut original plays this weekend

Plays written by Kansas University undergraduate students will debut this weekend in the fifth Black Box Productions at the University Theatre.

Lied Center to host fundraiser to support performing arts access for schools

On Feb. 16, the Lied Center of Kansas and the Lawrence Schools Foundation will host Expanding Performing Arts Access, a fundraising dinner to support free performing arts experiences for middle and high school students.

Monkey business: Theater company to perform unusual play at Lied Center

“Kiss the Fish,” the latest production from New Zealand’s Indian Ink Theatre Company, tells the tale of a young monkey named Sidu who dreams of escaping his home on a small South Asian island to become the next Freddie Mercury.

What's in a name? Theatre Lawrence to debut 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike'

This weekend, Theatre Lawrence will debut its production of "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," a Chekhov-inspired Tony Award-winning play.

EMUProv comedy group to stage holiday show today

Local improvisational comedy group EMUProv hopes to "Improv the Holidays" with their show today at Frank's North Star Tavern, 508 Locust St.

Cast, along with beards, grow in latest incarnation of 'A Kansas Nutcracker'

This weekend, Ric Averill will complete his months-long transformation into Gen. Hugh Cameron, an eccentric figure who settled in Lawrence during the tumultuous years just before the Civil War.

KU Theatre to stage political satire written in concentration camp

This weekend, Kansas University Theater will open a "reimagined and reconstructed" version of "The Last Cyclist," an absurdist cabaret that originated in Terezin Concentration Camp near Prague during the Holocaust.

Theatre Lawrence's 'Mary Poppins' takes flight this weekend

Those expecting a carbon copy of the 1964 classic film starring Julie Andrews as a singing, flying nanny may be in for a surprise come Friday evening, when “Mary Poppins” makes its debut at Theatre Lawrence.

KU Theatre tackles family, love and loss in 'The Big Meal'

It’s been said that food brings people together. And while that’s certainly the case in Kansas University Theatre’s newest production, “The Big Meal,” gathering to eat also provides the catalyst for tearing loved ones apart.

Vaudeville-inspired 'Amazing Feats of Loneliness' comes to Arts Center

Just in time for Halloween, the Lawrence Arts Center, in conjunction with the Card Table Theatre, is slated to stage "Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness" starting Oct. 23 at the Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

KU Theatre to stage comedic tale of manners, disguise in 'Tovarich'

Kansas University Theatre will stage "Tovarich," a riches-to-rags story set in the turbulent period after the Russian Revolution, beginning Friday evening at Murphy Hall's Crafton-Preyer Theatre.

Dancing to the beat: Arts Center to open 'hipster' musical 'The Nervous Set'

The Lawrence Arts Center's newest production may be a celebration of all things Beat Generation, but its director promises the story’s as modern now as it was when poets like Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac helped bring the literary movement to the forefront in the 1950s.

KU Theatre's 'Proof' tackles themes of loss, mental illness

Kansas University Theatre's production of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning "Proof" will open Friday at the William Inge Theatre in Murphy Hall.

KU student wins national contest for unique book collection

This year’s National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest first-place winner is a Kansas University student.

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