Center Stage Series: Luther College hosts Lucky Plush Productions dance theater company Oct. 24

As part of Luther College's Center Stage Series, Lucky Plush Productions will perform "The Queue" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall.

Tickets, on sale in Luther's Ticket Office, are $24 for adults, $22 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18, and may be purchased online at www.tickets.luther.edu or via the Luther Ticket Office, (563) 387-1357 or [email protected]. Ticket Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; with extended hours on Thursdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Choreographed and directed by Julia Rhoads and co-creator and co-director, Leslie Danzig, "The Queue" unfolds in a fictional airport, where travelers stumble humorously and awkwardly into each other's private lives. Equal parts dance and theater, Lucky Plush takes the experience of waiting in an airport and makes it come alive in surprising and relatable ways.

The performance will feature live music by The Claudettes, a piano-drums duo of Johnny Iguana and Michael Caskey that melds blues, jazz and modern soul to create an infectious, energetic performance. They released their second album, "No Hotels," in Sept. 2015.

The Claudettes will also perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at the Courtyard and Cellar in downtown Decorah. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Recognized by critics and audiences for its multi-dimensional blend of immediacy, humor and kinetics, Lucky Plush Productions is a Chicago-based dance theater company led by founder and director, Julia Rhoads. The company's mission is to create theatrical dance productions that are richly and uncompromisingly layered, and to deliver the work in inviting and accessible ways. Lucky Plush Productions has premiered over 30 original works, including 10 evening-length productions.

Loved by critics, Lucky Plush was recognized in The Boston Globe's "10 Best Performances of 2013," along with praise from Chicago Public Radio, The Chicago Tribune, and Chicago Sun Times among many others. 

Rhoads received the 2013 Alpert Award in Dance and her work for Lucky Plush Productions has received numerous competitive awards. Danzig is co-founder of the physical theater company 500 Clown and currently serves as the curator of the University of Chicago's Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,400, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.