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Organic Theater Company presents 'The Naked King'

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Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306

Feb. 22, 2011—Classic stories by Hans Christian Andersen come to life on North Central College’s stage in “The Naked King” March 24-27.

Performed by Chicago’s Organic Theater Company and written by Russian playwright Yevgeny Shvarts, the play draws from Andersen’s fairy tales “The Swineherd” and “The Princess and the Pea.” The plot charts the engaging journey of a swineherd and a princess who salvage their love by humiliating her royal father when he plans to give her in marriage to a neighboring ruler. Though based on children’s stories, “The Naked King” is recommended for teen and older audiences.

The theater group will stage three evening performances at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, March 24, 25 and 26, and two matinee shows at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and 27, in North Central’s Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. Tickets are $30/adults and $20/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

The works by playwright Shvarts include 25 plays and screenplays for three films. His dramatic satires, written in the style of the fairy tale or fantasy story, were among the most popular of the post-Stalin period in the Soviet Union. Though full of fantasy, his dramas were grounded in a philosophical belief that the nature of oppression, which always conjoins the tyrant and the tyrannized, is universal.

The Organic Theater Company was founded in the 1970s by artistic director Stuart Gordon. The company is committed to a vision of creating productions with a permanent group of artists over a sustained period of time and presenting them a rotating repertory. Rotating repertory creates the opportunity for a unique relationship between the company and its audience, in which the same actor can be seen in a variety of roles over a short period of time. It also allows the actors to work as a single instrument, much like the world’s great orchestras and dance companies.

North Central College’s 2010-2011 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season is supported by a generous grant from the Illinois Arts Council. USG Corporation and Navistar, Inc. are underwriting sponsors.

These performances are among many ongoing events and exhibits at North Central College designed to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).