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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Theatre department will stage “The American Dream” and “The Zoo Story” in the Frederic March Theatre from Feb. 13 through Feb. 17.

Written by Edward Albee and directed by UW Oshkosh professor and playwright Richard Kalinoski, the play continues the 2012-13 Theatre season’s theme, “Saving the World From Sanity,” a show-by-show examination of human foibles and quirks.

“These plays represent Mr. Albee’s early developing work – ‘The American Dream,’ in particular, would signal this playwright’s mordant interest in the potential for fracture in the American family,” Kalinoski said.

Albee’s “American Dream” is described as “a hilarious attack on the substitution of artificial values for real ones, this story of one of America’s most dysfunctional families relays a startling tale that rocks middle-class ethics to its foundations.” UW Oshkosh Theatre bills “The Zoo Story,” as “a searing story of loneliness and the desperate need for recognition that builds to a violent, shattering climax.”

Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 through Feb. 16 and 2 p.m. on Feb. 17.

Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office or online. Ticket prices are $13 for general admission, $10 for senior citizens or alumni and $4 for UW Oshkosh students with a student ID.

The box office will be open the week of the productions Monday through Friday from  Noon to 4 pm and evenings of performances, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. On performance Sundays, the box office will open one hour before show time.

All promotions and discounts are valid only at the Box Office and are not available for online ticket sales.

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