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Lillian Groag's play "Aimee and Jaguar" a tragic love story well told

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“Aimee and Jaguar,” a new play based on a true but tragic love story that took place in World War II Germany, will be presented as part of the Theatre and Interpretation Center (TIC) at Northwestern University’s 2013-14 Mainstage Season. TIC’s production will be performed from Friday, January 31 to Sunday, February 9 at the Josephine Louis Theater on the University’s Evanston campus.

Written for the stage by Northwestern University alumna Lillian Groag, the play was adapted from a book of interviews by Erica Fischer, author of “Aimee and Jaguar: A Love Story, Berlin 1943.”

Directed by Joseph Hanreddy, former Milwaukee Repertory Theater artistic director, the production examines the complex and often contradictory nature of love in the emotionally charged final days of the Third Reich. As war-torn Berlin crumbles underneath constant Allied bombing, a romance kindles between Lily Wust (“Aimee”), a mother of four with a husband away fighting for the Nazi cause, and Felice Schragenheim (“Jaguar”), a Jewish girl living on fake IDs and uncertain of her next meal.

The production will be staged at 8:00 p.m. Friday, January 31; 8:00 p.m. Saturday, February 1; 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 2; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 6; 8:00 p.m. Friday, February 7; 8:00 p.m. Saturday, February 8; and 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 9.

Post-show discussions will follow the Friday, January 31, Sunday, February 2 and Thursday, February 6 performances. Playwright Lillian Groag will join the post-show discussions on January 31 and February 2.

Tickets are $25 for the general public; $22 for seniors over 62 and Northwestern faculty and staff and educators; and $10 for full-time students with valid IDs (at the door) or $5 tickets exclusively for full-time Northwestern students on advance purchase. Discounts are available for groups of eight or more.

Tickets may be purchased online, by phone at (847) 491-7282, or in person at the Ethel M. Barber Theater lobby . The box office is open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from noon through 4:00 p.m. Saturday.

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