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'Scenes from an Execution'
MAILED: Sept. 29, 1998|
Opening another fall theater season at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is the 1984 Howard Barker play, "Scenes from an Execution."
The award-winning British play is the story of a 16th century Venetian painter who receives a sizable commission to produce a vast mural commemorating a naval victory over the Turks. The catch is that the painter is a realist, a rebel and a free-spirited woman.
The play raises issues such as the role of art in the world, the role of politics in art and the responsibility of the artist to society.
In the UW-Eau Claire production, in addition to the scripted scenes, dance, music and lighting also will be used to get the messages and images across.
"This makes for a very energetic, in-your-face production kind of like a concert with all the spectacle," said Megan McGee, University Theatre publicist.
"Scenes from an Execution" is under the direction of Dr. Terry Allen, professor of theatre arts. Allen said he chose the play because Barker is an important contemporary British playwright.
The play opens with the first of nine performances at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 in Kjer Theatre. Performances also are slated for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16, 17 and 20-24 in Kjer Theatre. A matinee performance will be at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in Kjer Theatre.
Tickets for the play are $7 for the general public, $5 for senior citizens and youths, or $4 for students, faculty and staff with a university ID. Tickets may be purchased at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Sept. 29, 1998