FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††Date: October 16, 2002

†††††††† Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716


Comedy is first production of new UIS theater program


SPRINGFIELD -- The theater program at the University of Illinois at Springfield will kick off its first season with a production of Itís Only a Play, a comedy by Terrence McNally.

Directed by Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson, assistant professor of communication and director of theater at UIS, the cast includes Jim Hepworth, Mallory Houghton, Darin Harms, Dutch Grove, Jessica Madsen, Christopher Wyant, Paul Russell, and Debra Martin.

Itís Only a Play is a spoof of show business and its often bizarre practitioners, using the occasion of an opening night party for what turns out to be a disastrous Broadway play. As celebrities pour in to the Manhattan townhouse of the showís wealthy producer, the real action occurs upstairs where a group of insiders have staked themselves out in the bedroom, waiting for the reviews. But as the reviews for the show (all bad) start coming in, everyone begins trying to pin the blame on someone else. Due to some language and situations, this production may not be appropriate for some audience members and is not recommended for children. Parental discretion is advised.

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday, October 19; 3 p.m. Sunday, October 20; and 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 24, 25, and 26. All performances will be in the Studio Theatre, located in the lower level of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. Running time is approximately two-and-a-half to three hours.

Tickets -- $10 general admission, $6 for UIS faculty/staff, and $4 for UIS students -- may be purchased at the UIS bursarís office, level one of the PAC, telephone 206-6738 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or at the door, beginning one hour before curtain time.