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UW-Eau Claire Theatre To|
Present 'The Hothouse'
MAILED: April 22, 1999|
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Theatre's last play of the academic year will be "The Hothouse." The play will begin at 7:30 p.m. May 5-8 and 11-15, and at 1:30 p.m. May 9 in Riverside Theatre of the Haas Fine Arts Center.
Under the direction of theatre arts professor Terry Allen, the play tells of a conspiracy that places frightening implications on a government superficially dedicated to its people, but that also refers to those same citizens as numbers.
Harold Pinter's "The Hothouse" is a black comedy set in a government-run mental institution on Christmas Day. The play will have a set that is "retro-future," Allen said.
The play deals with the oppression of the individual and revolves around a psychologically disturbed ex-colonel, Roote; Gibbs, a sinister and conniving person; and a seedy alcoholic appropriately named Lush.
The point Pinter tries to make in "The Hothouse" is that the state has an interest in producing "model" citizens who will conform to whatever is expected.
Although written in 1958, "The Hothouse" was first performed at London's Hampstead Theatre in 1980. Allen said one of the challenges in doing this play is the language and British dialects.
"Every word is carefully selected by the writer and it becomes the job of the cast to learn the text exactly as written," he said.
Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, are $7 for the public, $5 for seniors and children under 18, or $4 for faculty, staff and students with university ID.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: April 22, 1999