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A New Brain

Part of the cast in "A New Brain"

October 2011

The first mainstage show of the year, A New Brain, is coming right up! The show is a musical by William Finn and James Lapine about finding happiness through traumatic experiences and appreciating our lives and is comprised of almost exclusively music, all catchy and fun.

"Putting together a full-length musical is hard," says professor and director Daniel Rairdin-Hale, "but also fun." This is Rairdin-Hale's first experience directing a full-length musical here at SAU, having directed two children's shows (A Year with Frog and Toad and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown), a unique adaptation of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, and Columbinus.  

"This show has been a challenge, especially because of the huge amount of music in it," says cast member Stephanie Seward '13, "but everyone's working really hard, and it's going to be a great show."

The show goes up this weekend, so make sure to get your tickets!! It will take place in Allaert Auditorium, Galvin Fine Arts Center, Oct. 7 and 8 at 7:30pm, and Oct. 9 at 3 pm.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $14 SAU Faculty/Staff/Alumni/seniors, $12 non-SAU students, $11 groups, and free for SAU students. You can reserve or buy tickets at or call the Box Office at 563/333-6251.  

"A New Brain is quirky and different," says Rairdin-Hale, "but definitely fun and a crowd-pleaser."

Come out to support your fellow students and live theatre in the Quad Cities!


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