SPRINGFIELD – The 2006-2007 season of the Theatre program at the University of Illinois at Springfield will close with the program's first-ever student/faculty showcase, a production of Two Rooms by Lee Blessing. Four performances are scheduled for Friday-Saturday-Sunday, April 13-14-15, in the Studio Theatre, located in the lower level of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. The Friday-Saturday performances will be at 8 p.m.; two Sunday performances will be at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
A hostage drama set in the Middle East and in this country, Two Rooms has been hailed as "compact and powerful," "poetic, moving, relevant, and profound," and "a story of courage, fear, anger, and love that remains as timely today as when it was written some two decades ago."
The two rooms of the title are a small room in Beirut where an American is held hostage by terrorists and a room back home that his wife has emptied of furniture to symbolically share his ordeal. The play centers around these two rooms, and the imaginary conversations between the hostage and his wife, and real meetings between the wife and an ambitious reporter and a detached State Department official.
Special guest director will be Leigh Steiner. The cast features UIS Theatre faculty Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson and Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson, and UIS Theatre students Roger Boyd and Alicia Artner. Following each performance, the audience is also invited to stay for a post-show discussion led by Steiner and UIS Assistant Professor of History Erik Freas.
The opening night performance is presented in conjunction with UIS' annual Arts Night program sponsored by the U of I Alumni Association.
Tickets – $10 general admission, $6 UIS faculty/staff with current i-card, or $4 for UIS students with current i-card – are available at the UIS Ticket Office, located on level two of the Public Affairs Center. Purchase tickets in person, by phone at 217/206-6160 or 800/207-6960 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.uis.edu/theatre. Tickets will also be available at the ticket office 90 minutes before curtain time.For more information about the plays or about UIS Theatre, contact Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson by phone at 206-6613 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.uis.edu/theatre.