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UIS theater season opens with View of the Dome

October 14, 2004

View of the Dome poster
View of the Dome poster

SPRINGFIELD - The Theater Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield will open its 2004-2005 season with the comedy View of the Dome, by Theresa Rebeck.

Six performances are scheduled for Friday-Sunday, November 5-7 and 12-14 in the Studio Theatre, located on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. Friday and Saturday show times are 8 p.m.; the Sunday shows are at 2 p.m.

Directed by Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson, assistant professor and director of theater at UIS, this production will be entered as an associate entry into the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Thibodeaux-Thompson explained, “At the recent Illinois Theatre Association annual conference, UIS Theater was one of three colleges/universities from across Illinois chosen to make a presentation at the ‘Showcase of Scenes.’  Several UIS students from our cast performed and did an outstanding job.”

The 2003 Samuel French, Inc. Basic Catalogue of Plays and Musicals synopsizes View of the Dome as follows:

“This humor-filled tale of political corruption, ingratitude, and revenge concerns an idealistic young Washington attorney who persuades her former law professor, a man of lofty rhetoric, to run for Congress.  Ideals shrivel in the Washington air as the professor is swept into an insider’s circle that includes a leering, power-drunk senator and a slinky Southern power broker.  When the heroine is snubbed by the politically powerful at a fancy restaurant, her hurt feelings precipitate an all-out war.  She promotes a sex scandal that unexpectedly makes her the darling of the religious right.”

The Los Angeles Times called it “biting social commentary.” Note:  This play contains mature language and situations that are not appropriate for children.

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Cast members for this production are: Lytishya Borglum as Emma; Molly Sullivan as Annabeth/Junette/Senator A; Tricia Bennett as Marjorie/Senator C/Reporter 3; Ashley Rook as Sheila/Anchorperson/Bella/Bartender; Shawna McCoy as E.T. Black; Paul Cary as Senator Geoffrey Maddox; Chad Eversgerd as Tommy/Reporter 2; Corey Morrison as Lance/David/Reporter 1; Jim Hepworth as Governor/Rush/Richard; and Jeff DiScala as Arthur/Leonard/August/Senator B.

Tickets – $10 for the general public, $6 for UIS faculty and staff, and $4 for UIS students with valid i-cards – can be purchased now at the UIS Ticket Office, located on level two of the PAC, phone 206-6160 or 800/207-6960. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door (cash only) beginning one hour before curtain time.

For more information, contact Thibodeaux-Thompson by phone at 206-6613 or by e-mail at


    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 40 degree programs – 20 bachelor’s, 19 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.