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Staller Center Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Variety of Offerings, Discounts

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Mark Morris Dance Group

The 2013-14 season marks Staller Center’s 25th Anniversary. Some of the upcoming fall highlights include:

“Kimberly Akimbo”
Working in tandem with the extremely talented Asylum Theatre Company, local arts organization The Oberon Foundation and the University’s Department of Theatre Arts, Staller Center will once again be co-producing its own professional theatre production in Theatre 2, the intimate 125-seat black box theatre. A hilarious and heartrending play about a teenager with a rare condition causing her body to age faster than it should, “Kimberly Akimbo” is directed by Stony Brook’s own Valeri Lantz-Gefroh. The play stars Theatre Department professor Deborah Mayo as well as returning Asylum cast members from last year’s sold out run of “The Clean House,” Catherine Zambri, Steven Lantz-Gefroh and Laura Ross, as well as new member Rob Doyle. “Kimberly Akimbo” will run for eight performances from September 19 to 22 and from September 26 to 29.

David Sedaris
With his sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. He will read from his works including his latest book of essays, Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls. With readings made up of well-worn material, works-in-progress and even diary entries, every public reading by Sedaris is an event. Stony Brook’s event will take place Sunday, October 20, at 7 pm on Staller’s Main Stage.

One of the world’s greatest musicians, violinist Midori returns to Staller Center for an evening of sonatas by Mozart, Hindemith, Bloch, Faure and others on Sunday, November 10, at 7 pm.

Mark Morris Dance Group
Affectionately known as America’s Dance Group, the Mark Morris Dance Company — renowned for their craftsmanship, ingenuity, humor and eclectic live music — makes their Staller Center debut on Saturday, November 16, at 8 pm.

Other great fall performances include The Emerson String Quartet on October 17, the touring Broadway production of The Addams Family on October 27, Starry Nights Chamber Music Series featuring Stony Brook’s own award-winning musicians on November 20, the impeccable and multi-talented singer/actress Audra McDonald on November 23, the rare and special performance of The Salzburg Marionettes in “The Sound of Music” on December 8, and legendary jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis with Jazz at Lincoln Center featuring the vocals of Cecile McLorin Salvant in a Big Band Holiday Show on December 15.

For more information on these programs and the entire season, please visit The 25th Anniversary season is jam-packed with jazz, dance, classical music, pop, family programs, movies, Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD and much more.

The Department of Music has a full season of concerts and recitals planned throughout the year, many of which are free or very reasonably priced. The Department of Theatre Arts also has a full schedule of plays lined up for the season.

Wynton Marsalis

Discounts for SBU Faculty, Staff and Students
Stony Brook faculty and staff are entitled to two tickets per ID at a $3 off discount for all Staller Center performances (excluding the Not Just For Kids shows, which are a low $15 for all tickets and also excluding the annual Benefit Gala). If your ID is already on file at the Staller Center Box Office, you can order tickets for all of these shows online, by mail or fax and request your faculty/staff discount. Otherwise you can stop by the box office Monday through Saturday from 12 pm to 6 pm or call (631) 632-ARTS.

Students also receive a $3 discount to every Staller show for up to two tickets per ID at anytime, plus there are other special SBU student discounts:

Half-price tickets: Beginning the first day of each month half-price tickets for any available show in that month go on sale to Stony Brook students with ID (up to two tickets).

Student Rush: Stony Brook students can buy tickets for only $7 each for any available show beginning one hour before curtain time (up to two tickets).

First On Us: Each incoming new Stony Brook student gets a ticket to a free first show of their choice. Students can get all the details by stopping by the Staller Center Box Office.

For information on all Staller Center performances, visit 

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