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UIS Theatre season continues with “Student-Directed Scenes”

December 1, 2005

SPRINGFIELD – “Student-Directed Scenes,” the second production in the 2005-2006 season of the Theatre Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield, will be presented in three performances scheduled for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, December 9, 10, and 11, in the Studio Theatre, located in the lower level of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. Friday’s and Saturday’s performances will be at 8 p.m.; the Sunday matinee will be at 2 p.m. All three performances are free and open to the public.

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Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson, assistant professor and director of theatre at UIS, explained, “This series of scene showings serve as part of the final project for students in the fall semester course Directing for the Theatre. The production also serves as the ‘North American stop’ on our ‘World Tour of Drama’ season. The students have selected seven excellent scenes.”

Represented plays, student-directors, and casts (made up of UIS students and community members) are as follows.

I Ought to be in Pictures by Neil Simon.  Director: Courtney Smith.  Cast: Thomas Bartl (Herb), Stacie Evans (Libby). This comedy tells the story of what happens when 19-year-old Libby decides to head to Los Angeles to look up her father, a Hollywood screenwriter whom she hasn’t seen since she was 3.

Curse of the Starving Class by Sam Shepard.  Director: Wes Allen. Cast: Sabrina Holmes (Ella), Alicia Artner (Emma), Joshua Doetsch (Taylor). Described as a “darkly comic exploration of the American family psyche,” this play focuses on a dysfunctional family’s struggle for control of a rundown farm and their search for freedom, security, and meaning.

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams.  Director: Briana Scroggin. Cast: John Roskopf (Jim), Myaa Fallon (Laura). This revered drama, set in the Great Depression, revolves around a fragile young woman and the long-awaited arrival of her “gentleman caller.”

Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon. Director: Molly Sullivan. Cast: Audra Roach (Corie), Chris Wyant (Paul). This classic romantic comedy follows a conservative young lawyer and his free-spirited bride as they move from the joy of their honeymoon into the reality of starting married life in a fifth-floor walkup.

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea by John Patrick Shanley. Director: Monica Rogers. Cast: Myaa Fallon (Roberta), Joshua Doetsch (Danny). In this “explosive study of alienation and the redemptive power of love” Danny and Roberta strike up a conversation in a seedy bar and begin a funny, frightening, and fascinating relationship.

Plaza Suite by Neil Simon. Director: Jeff Collar. Cast: Meghan Murphy (Muriel), Ryan O'Toole (Jesse). Simon’s comedy is actually three one-act plays set in Suite 719 in New York City’s Plaza Hotel.  The “Visitor from Hollywood” is a delicate piece that brings out the humor and poignancy between two former lovers who meet again after many years.

The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein. Director: Meredith Dumyahn. Cast: Alex Shryock (Scoop Rosenbaum), Christine Wenthe (Heidi Holland), Stefan J. Kozak (the Hippie). This bittersweet comedy/drama follows an art historian/baby boomer and her friends through three decades of social change, from the mid-1960s to the late 1980s.

For more information about these plays or about UIS Theatre, contact Thibodeaux-Thompson by phone at 206-6613 or by e-mail at ethib1@uis.edu, or go to www.uis.edu/theatre.


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