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UW-Eau Claire Spring Short Play Festival set for April 19-21

April 11, 2012

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire department of music and theatre arts will present its Spring Short Play Festival at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. April 19-21 in Kjer Theatre.

Students will direct the plays as a part of an advanced directing course. Eighteen students are included in the cast. Six plays will be featured this year, with three performances each.

Performances at 4 p.m. April 19, 7:30 p.m. April 20 and 4 p.m. April 21:

  • "The Chalky White Substance" by Tennessee Williams, directed by senior Siri Brobst, Rochester, Minn. This play takes place 100 years in the future, where all resources have been depleted and the land is covered in a mysterious chalky white substance. The old government has failed, and every man is for himself. Two young men, Mark and Luke, are presented with the question "If you were desperate to survive, how far would you go?"
  • "The Politics of Sleep" by Jimmy Brunelle, directed by senior Scott Krueger, Eagan, Minn., is a romantic comedy about a man who avoids his girlfriend due to anxiety about his performance in bed. This seriously upsets his ability to sleep.
  • "The Most Massive Woman Wins" by Madeleine George, directed by senior Sarah Holmes, Bloomer. Four women of different shapes and sizes sit in the waiting room of a liposuction clinic and explore their various perceptions of body image through monologues, short scenes and even schoolyard rhymes. From painful childhood memories to frustrations with the opposite sex, these experiences haunt and empower these women as they imagine their way to a new vision of themselves as beautiful and whole.

Performances at 7:30 April 19, 4 p.m. April 20 and 7:30 p.m. April 21:

  • "Bedtime Stories" by Charles Mee, directed by senior JT Stocks, McFarland. The play is about sex and meaning that blurs a line between what we hear and what is real.
  • "A Day for Surprises" by John Guare, directed by senior Ellen Dawson, Crystal, Minn. Zany and absurd, this play deals with the surprising day on which one of the stone lions in front of The New York Public Library leaves its perch and devours a woman librarian. Her fiancé's grief leads to a hilarious recount of their brief liaison and consolation comes at the hand of another female librarian once the lion resumes his post. Through the experience we are aware that more surprises are to come as life goes on its unpredictable way.
  • "Home Free!" by Lanford Wilson, directed by senior Dan Devine, Osceola, is a story of unconditional love through the eyes of a brother and sister who have only each other in life. We are thrown into their world, forced to witness the blurring of reality and fantasy into a nonexistent boundary.

Tickets, available online and at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 800-949-UWEC, are $3 for the general public.


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