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UIS Theatre to present Picnic

October 8, 2007

Contact: Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson, 217/206-8307, mthom1@uis.edu

SPRINGFIELD – William Inge's classic drama Picnic is the first production of the 2007-2008 season for the Theatre Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Six performances are scheduled for October 26, 27, 28 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and November 1, 2, 3 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) in the Studio Theatre, located in the lower level of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. All performances will be at 8 p.m. except the Sunday performance (October 28), which will be at 2 p.m.

Winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize, Picnic takes place on Labor Day weekend in the joint yards of two middle-aged widows – one who lives with her two grown daughters and a spinster boarder, and one who lives with her invalid mother. When a handsome, charismatic young drifter appears, his presence upsets the equilibrium of this female atmosphere. (Information from Dramatists Play Service, Inc.)

Cast members are: Mary Myers (Helen Potts), Joey Cruse* (Hal), Elizabeth Bapst* (Millie), Leif Moglen* (Bomber), Molly Sullivan* (Madge), Aasne Vigesaa (Flo), Shirene Thomas (Rosemary), Roger Boyd* (Alan), Sarah Clinch* (Irma), Courney Shelley* (Christine), and Tom Hutchison* (Howard) (* indicates a current UIS student).

Other students involved with the production include: Lori Fairchild, stage manager; Gretchen Addis and Alicia Walimohammad, assistant stage managers; Wallace Dandridge, dramaturg; and Karina Diaz, costume assistant. 

Assistant Professor of Theatre Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson will direct.

Tickets – $12 general adult; $10 senior citizen, 55+ with photo ID; $8 UIS faculty/staff with current i-card; $6 all students with current school ID – are available now 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 on the day of the performance, beginning 90 minutes before curtain time.

UIS Theatre's winter production, Student-Directed Scenes, will present scenes from various contemporary American plays, chosen and directed by students in COM 476 Directing for the Theatre. The spring production will be Period of Adjustment by Tennessee Williams, directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson.

For more information about the plays or about UIS Theatre, contact Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson by phone at 206-8307 or by e-mail at mthom1@uis.edu; or Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson, assistant professor and director of theatre, by phone at 206-6613 or by e-mail at ethib1@uis.edu; or go to www.uis.edu/theatre.



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