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Ten interlocking scenes, ten couples, ten looks at love and sex, "Reigen" (Round Dance) is an updated adaptation of  a controversial German script, originally published in 1903, and then subsequently banned for decades.  By turns witty, tragic, sweet, and funny, the play examines sexual conduct between a variety of characters, all from different social classes, whose lives unexpectedly intersect.  Love knows no boundaries, and the rich, the poor, the sad and the exultant all wind up being connected in their search for it.


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November 1, 2011

ELLENSBURG, Wash. ⎯ On November 3, Central Washington University’s Central Theatre Ensemble (CTE) opens its 2011-12 season with a production of Arthur Schnitzler’s provocative and salacious Reigen. Written in 1903, Reigen (a German word that roughly translates as “merry-go-round”) explores sexual behavior among characters of different socio-economic classes during the late 19th century. Originally set in the author’s hometown of Vienna, it was not performed for the public until the 1920s due to its controversial nature.

The play features 10 interlocking scenes, 10 couples, 10 looks at love and sex. CTE’s Reigen is an updated adaptation of Schnitzler’s controversial script. The CWU production is set in a contemporary city, suggesting to the audience that relationships continue to be the fabric of our lives just as they have in other eras and cultures. By turns witty, tragic, sweet, and funny, in this play, love knows no boundaries, and the rich, the poor, the sad, and the exultant all wind up being connected in their search for it.

CTE’s production of the play was adapted from the original by director and theatre arts professor Keith Edie, and assistant director and theatre arts student Patrick Polsin. George Drake, professor, English, assisted with the translation from the original German into English.

The play is not suitable for children under 18 due to graphic language and brief nudity.

Reigen will be performed at the Milo Smith Tower Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on November 3, 4, 5, 10 and 12. The tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and students, and $7 for CWU students with ID. Tickets can be purchased online at, the Wildcat Shop on the CWU campus, the CWU Welcome Center on University Way, or by calling the box office at 509-963-1429. Tickets will also be sold at the theatre up to an hour before the scheduled performance.


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